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PLASA 2016: Philips Lighting to preview LED range

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK - Philips Lighting will preview a brand new product from its highly popular effects light range Philips Showline, plus showcase the latest innovation from its Philips Vari-Lite, Philips Selecon and Philips Strand Lighting brands, at the PLASA London expo 2016.

One of the major exhibitions for the international live entertainment technology industry, PLASA London will take place at Olympia London between Sunday 18 and Tuesday 20 September. Philips Lighting will be on stand G60.

The first in a new innovative LED range under the Philips Showline brand, the SL LEDSPOT 300, will be available for exclusive preview on the Philips Lighting stand. The SL LEDSPOT 300 is a compact LED, high output luminaire that will offer designers a gamut of vibrant colours from its CMY colour mixing and fixed colour wheel. Not only that, the product can achieve dynamic effects from its rotating and fixed gobo wheels, three-facet prism, Iris and framing system.

Also from Philips Lighting's Showline range will be the SL BEAM 300fx and the SL HYDRUS 350 - a compact yet astonishingly powerful luminaire ideal for the live event and TV market that launched earlier this year. Feature-packed with a wide zoom range in each mode, the Philips Showline SL HYDRUS 350 offers a vibrant colour pallet and features all the tools a designer needs to create mid-air effects, clear and precise projection as well as seamless blended animated washes.

Available for demo on stand will be the refreshed Philips Selecon PL1 MKII LED range - comprising the PLprofile1 MKII, PLfresnel1 MKII and PLcyc1 MK

PLASA 2016: BroadWeigh highlights monitoring

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK - The BroadWeigh wireless load cell monitoring system will take pride of place on the stand of its exclusive UK distributor, AC Entertainment Technologies (stand E30), at this year's PLASA show. Visitors to the stand will not only see the system, which made its debut at PLASA 2015, in action but can also find out more about how the system has been put to use by BroadWeigh's customers since the launch.

Jonathan Purdue, sales manager at BroadWeigh, comments, "The launch of our new wireless system in 2015 was a big stepping stone for us in the industry. We already had riggers who loved our wireless kit, but we were keen to raise the bar and so the new system, which boasts a radio module giving four times the range of the previous system, as well as improvements in the omni directional antenna, has had a significant impact on performance and has undoubtedly set a new standard in this area of technology."

With a signal range of up to 800m, and the advantage of being able to assign shackles and base stations with a Group Key to provide increased security in busy environments, the system has already making a name for itself. It has proven its worth in numerous situations - from the Mariah Carey and Adele tours to the Ottawa Blues Festival, Massey Hall in Toronto, a Live Nation Italy event in Bari, Italy and for a major American football league.

Jonathan continues, "Increasingly riggers are using the system to ensure no stone is unturned when it comes to the safety of performers and audiences. Production companies want to be able to prove due diligence and our


PLASA 2016: MDG shows extensive portfolio

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK - MDG UK will be exhibiting at PLASA 2016 on Stand F60 where visitors can enjoy the opportunity to try out a selection of products from the MDG portfolio.

Have fun with theONE, the award-winning, dual fog and haze generator which was awarded LDI's Best Debuting Product Award on its launch in 2010. This will be in action on the nearby Robe stand at D40.

Run about with the ATMe haze generator in its portable carry kit: this kit sets a new standard in portability as it stores the gas canister securely beneath the generator and enables it to be operated horizontally without the gas line freezing, so you can generate haze exactly where you want it.

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PLASA 2016: expands catalogue

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK -, the one-stop online shop dedicated to the supply of custom and standard metal gobos, glass gobos and all projection images, will exhibit at PLASA 2016 (Stand B2) alongside its sister company, the specialist filter company, CutColourPlus. has added more new designs to its gobo range. These will expand's existing collection, which includes Rosco, DHA and GAM gobos along with its own 'Plus' designs, to over 3000 standard gobo patterns.'s user-friendly, intuitive website, offers secure payment methods and a fast turnaround, 24-hours a day. Choose from standard gobos, or place a custom gobo order online by September 30 2016 using code PLASA16 for a 15% discount. (Offer opens from day 1 of the show).'s online shop now features colour filter which is available from stock, by the sheet or roll, for shipping the same day.

Also on show on the stand (B2) will be the range of professional LED torches from Suprabeam. Prize draws featuring Suprabeam products will take place during the show to highlight these super-efficient 'real-light' torches which are otherwise available online from the website ('s sister company, CutColourPlus, services the needs of the entertainment, education and architectural market with the supply of lighting filters. CutColourPlus provides bespoke cutting and complete scroll-making services, and supplies lighting filters in sheets and rolls from leading manufacturers that include Lee, Rosco and GAM.

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PLASA 2016: Ayrton shows swathe of new products

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

UK - Ayrton will exhibit at PLASA 2016 in London's Olympia where it will share a stand (L30) with its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions. Ayrton is also proud to sponsor the Knight of Illumination Awards for the third year in succession. The prestigious lighting awards evening will take place at the Eventim Apollo in West London.

Ayrton released a swathe of new products for 2016, many of which will be seen for the first time in London at PLASA 2016, showcased on the Ambersphere Solutions stand. Amongst these are:

MagicPanel-FX is an exciting new multi-function luminaire with a front face comprised of a 5 x 5 array of squared lenses designed to conjure up a multiplicity of 2D and 3D effects. Marking another step in the evolution of the MagicPanel family, with the same dimensions as the DreamPanel family and MagicBurst, MagicPanel-FX multiplies the creative potential of these original families of fixtures.

MagicBurst is the industry's first high-power graphic LED strobe with continuous, unlimited, rotation on the pan and tilt axes - and the first strobe unit to be produced by Ayrton.

MagicBurst's 384 x 384 mm squared face supports 3,840 high-output white LEDs grouped into 64 pixels on an 8 x 8 matrix. Combines with a new ultra-compact 1,300W power supply, MagicBurst can deliver peak light output of over 240,000 lumens - perfectly calibrated at 5600K - for several seconds, and put them into continuous rotation.

MagicBurst's standardized format allows it to be combined in arrays with Ayrton's MagicPanel-FX, or with Imaging Display units l

PLASA 2016: d&b audiotechnik all over Olympia

PLASA 2016: d&b audiotechnik all over Olympia

Monday, 12 September 2016

UK - No matter what your plan for PLASA 2016, d&b audiotechnik will be a brand that's hard to miss. From 18-20 September, visitors to London's Olympia will have access to the latest d&b products and lots of opportunity to engage with the d&b GB team.

Newly appointed d&b sales partner SFL Group, on stand V60, will feature the d&b DS10 Audio network bridge among other points of interest from the d&b portfolio, and of course offer visitors the chance to meet the experts from their team.

d&b sales partner SSE/Wigwam, at stand J20, will be providing hands on introductions to d&b NoizCalc, the far field noise immission modelling software and the new QSC plug-in Q-SYS. NoizCalc is also up for a PLASA Award for Innovation.

d&b GB is playing key roles in a number of new attractions this year. The DS10 will be a focus of attention during the Dante Event on Tuesday 20 September from 10:00. A day of discovery and discussion around the Dante protocol.

Take a trip through The Exploratorium, an interactive mini maze of experimental spaces brought to you by SoulSound, and encounter Head Space by d&b's Bill Brooks. "Acoustic experiments have proved to be a very effective and inspirational way of educating the industry," says Brooks, "and The Exploratorium is the ideal platform to demonstrate this."

Meanwhile, d&b's Oran Burns will enrich the seminar schedule with Democracy for Listeners, the next level on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September at 15:15. His lively session will look at how recent advancements in line array technology allow us to achieve u


PLASA 2016: Light Bytes book launch scheduled

Monday, 12 September 2016

UK - Wayne Howell, CEO of Artistic Licence and inventor of Art-Net, is launching his book Light Bytes - Inside Art-Net and sACN at the Art-Net 4 Zone (Stand R71) at this year's PLASA London show.

The book - a practical reference on the Art-Net and sACN lighting protocols - is timely, given the increasing use of ethernet as a means for transporting DMX512. The publication also coincides with the release of Art-Net 4 at the PLASA London show.

The book has just been published in preview edition, and a small number will be available for purchase at stand R71. This is a great opportunity to quiz the author, Wayne Howell, first hand on Art-Net or sACN!

The press launch will take place at stand R71 at 5pm on Sunday 18 September.

To get your ticket for the PLASA Show, click here!

(Jim Evans)

AC-ET lighting technologies at IBC 2016

AC-ET lighting technologies at IBC 2016

Monday, 12 September 2016

The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd.'s dedicated Film & TV lighting sales division are at the IBC 2016 show in Amsterdam this week to showcase leading broadcast lighting solutions from Chroma-Q, Fiilex, Visionsmith and Quasar Science.

Chroma-Q's Space Force is a modern replacement for conventional space lights or soft light sources and benefits from cool running, energy efficiency, lightweight design and minimum maintenance. CCT tuneable between 2,800K and 6,500K, and natively single source, the diffuse nature of its output negates the need for silks or skirts.

The Chroma-Q Studio range of LED lighting solutions also features both single and award-winning remote phosphor LED fixtures which produce a beautifully soft light - available in a choice of mains and battery-powered, PAR and washlight, Daylight, Tungsten and Variable models featuring Green balance and a comprehensive range of accessories.

The Fiilex range provides colour tuneable LED-based, mains or battery powered portable hard sources that can be supplied as kits in hard cases.

The Visionsmith range of drop-in LED replacement lamps for tungsten Fresnels are ideal for converting studios to LED without changing the power or control infrastructure. Available in a choice of 300W, 650W, 1kW and 2kW Fresnels, there's a choice of Tungsten and Daylight modules.

Quasar Science has developed a range of retrofittable LED lamps for Fluorescent light sources, available in various lengths from 1ft up to 8ft, and in a choice of Bi-colour and Variable colour versions.


PLASA 2016: Seminar Programme at Art-Net 4 Zone

PLASA 2016: Seminar Programme at Art-Net 4 Zone

Friday, 9 September 2016

UK - Artistic Licence, inventor of Art-Net and expert in lighting control, is hosting a dedicated Art-Net stand at this year's PLASA London show. This exciting new initiative - entitled Art-Net 4 Zone (Stand R71) - is supported by PLASA and LSi and seeks to provide expert education and training on the use of Art-Net and related protocols.

Thanks to the support of similar-minded sponsor companies, Artistic's formidable expertise will be complemented by a range of technical experts who are giving their time to make the event a success.

Throughout the first two days of the show (Sunday 18th & Monday 19th September), invited speakers will give 15-minute technical briefings on a range of relevant topics. The line-up has now been confirmed as follows:

Sunday 18 September:

11.00 - Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) - Introduction to Art-Net 4

12.00 - Geoff Archenhold (IST Lighting Group) - An Introduction to VLC

14.00 - Hamish Dumbreck (JESE) - An Introduction to Integrity

15.00 - Iain Ruxton (Speirs + Major) - What does the LD want from networks?

16.00 - Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) - How do PoE++ and uPoE relate to Art-Net 4?

Monday 19 September:

11.00 - Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) - Introduction to Art-Net 4

12.00 - Gorka Cort

ImageCue gaining popularity in Europe

ImageCue gaining popularity in Europe

Friday, 9 September 2016

Europe - The ImageCue distributor for Germany and Austria, Lightpower GmbH, reports that the compact and easy to use media server is garnering high customer satisfaction ratings.

The ImageCue is in use on numerous projects. Andrea Wilhelm, owner and CEO of an event management company from Schwetzingen, Germany, has opted to use the device for several of their productions. Andrea says that she finds that ImageCue is useful "for small to medium sized events and corporate meetings. It is a great asset to control images and/or videos with the lighting console. The ImageCue met our expectations and has been used reliably in our accumulated experience to date."

Stefan Krawietz, a freelance consultant for technical and creative services from Berlin also relies on the ImageCue: "For some time I was looking for a simple plug-and-play solution to present images or videos from my customers on displays or by projection. At Pro Light + Sound I came across the ImageCue and knew that this was what I'm looking for."

Krawietz continues, explaining different uses for ImageCue, "Screens at a conference that show the seating plan, the food and drink menu during the break, or a greeting message for the attendees. On an exhibition stand displaying product images for the client in conjunction with the lighting atmosphere. Bands that want to easily import their own content, or a theatre group that would like to work with scenic projections.

"Thanks to the ImageCue I can, with minimum effort and in the simplest way, achieve these goals. The nice thing is that the device can b

PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

PLASA 2016: Hall Stage presents LivePipe

Thursday, 8 September 2016

UK - Hoffend LivePipe hoists - Engineering Product of the Year at the 2016 ABTT Trade Show - are on the Hall Stage PLASA stand N40 - at Olympia London from 18-20 September.

The innovative approach taken to design and operation has led to a faultless installation in Tennessee, completed by BellaTEX Inc. & Ty Prewitt sent this independent report:

"I have nothing but good things to say about the LivePipe product. It offers significant and unique advantages - & showed us it will work in very difficult situations.

"LivePipe was not only the best solution in this case, but its cost was on par or lower than other options. I believe it's appeal will be broad. It can be exceptionally quick to install. Since it doesn't include hoisting a 150Kg motor, 'quick' actually has some validity.

"The assembly and installation process is significantly simpler than any other products I've encountered. The heaviest section was easily carried and into the building by two people.

"The double helix cable management is functional and even...attractive...if one can say that about cable(!) This is a very exciting new product with some remarkable innovations. I encourage everyone to look closely at it for any new or existing projects you're working on."

(Jim Evans)


PLASA 2016 announces further educational sessions

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

UK - As the PLASA show consolidates its position as one of the premier events in the international tradeshow calendar, it is pleased to announce the last of its free-to-attend educational sessions.

Completing this year's educational and informative offering, are Sound Design for Olympic Ceremonies - Lessons Learnt, The art of creating impactful artist performances, Investigating the Intangible - When Lighting & Sound Interact, Apprenticeships - A new approach to employer-led schemes, AV Installation Strategy for Venue Owners and Inventing The Future: The Story of the National Theatre's Lightboard.

Scott Willsallen has been one of the leading audio designers for major international and outdoor events since 2004 and has been involved in the majority of the Olympic Ceremonies since then. In Sound Design for Olympic Ceremonies - Lessons Learnt he will discuss the challenges of sound designs for such complex projects, from loudspeaker system design, control system redundancy, signal transport, RF systems, music replay and timecode.

"This is an interactive session where I'm going to be talking about my design process and the lessons I've learnt over many years of major event sound design," says Scott. "I'll follow this with a discussion about if, and how, some of these techniques may be implemented into small scale projects, so it's a great opportunity for anyone who wants to pick my brains!"

The Art of Creating Impactful Artist Performances will be presented by Nicoline Refsing, production designer, creative

Powersoft offers integration at InfoComm India

Powersoft offers integration at InfoComm India

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

India - Powersoft will exhibit a full range of their innovative solutions at InfoComm India 2016 (Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, 12-14 September).

Visitors to their booth (#D55) will see the eight-channel Ottocanali and process controlled X Series, with its new worldwide compatible three-phase power supply. They will also show Deva, the new multimedia/multifunctional device that integrates solar power, bi-directional wireless A/V communication, lighting and an efficient Class D amplifier in a compact, weatherproof enclosure.

As at Prolight+Sound 2016, Powersoft will place the focus on end-user application rather than highlight the products' technical specifications, and as was the case in Germany they will have a control desk dedicated to Armon

PLASA 2016: Harlequin set to roll out new floors

PLASA 2016: Harlequin set to roll out new floors

Monday, 5 September 2016

UK - Entertainment and events flooring specialists Harlequin Floors will be exhibiting at PLASA 2016, Olympia, London from 18-20 September on stand F10.

Harlequin Floors offer a wide range of floors for live entertainment, the performing arts, dance, special events, set building, television studios, exhibition stands, as well as theatre stage construction and stage refurbishment projects. At PLASA this year Harlequin will additionally be launching a number of exciting new floor options, including the addition of Gold and Silver, the first two in Harlequin's new Metallic range, joining the already immensely popular Hi-Shine event and display floors.

Also of interest to set designers looking for new creative opportunities, Harlequin is rolling out Reversible Pro a floor that is well suited to printing designs and images using advanced wide format computer controlled techniques.

Based on the original concept the new Harlequin Reversible Pro is a unique double-sided option that still allows the colours to be changed around. Reversible was Harlequin's first product and has remained a best seller ever since. The new Reversible Pro version benefits from an additional layer to the standard floor for even greater stability, which ensures it's even quicker to lay flat.

Harlequin's flooring expertise is not limited to providing stunning display surfaces, or safe surfaces for the performing arts and for dance, but the company also enjoys an excellent reputation for stage floor construction and stage refurbishments. Look out for Harlequin's new, free guide to stag

Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring and Events nominees revealed

Knight of Illumination Awards Concert Touring and Events nominees revealed

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

UK - The judging panel of the Knight of Illumination Awards 2016 Concert Touring and Events category has announced its shortlisted designers for the highly-anticipated ceremony next month at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

The panel, led by new Chairperson for this year Coral Cooper, is made up of deputy editor of Lighting&Sound International magazine Claire Beeson, head of lighting design at creative agency Imagination Jonny Milmer, editor of Total Production International magazine Kelly Murray and formally-trained lighting designer and experienced video content creator Miguel Ribeiro. Beeson, Milmer and Ribeiro are also new to the process for 2016.

"The incredibly high standard of entries for the KOI Awards Concert Touring and Events category made selecting a shortlist a real challenge," says Claire Beeson. "It's been an honour to witness the vast and varied array of work from nominated lighting designers and I would like to wish all shortlisted entries the best of luck."

The Concert Touring and Events shortlist is as follows:

THE AMBERSPHERE SOLUTIONS AWARD FOR ARENA - Al Gurdon for Madonna, Tim Routledge for Jeff Lynne's ELO and Patrick Woodroffe for Adele.

THE HSL AWARD FOR CLUB - Francis Clegg for Krept and Konan and Public Service Broadcasting and Tom Webber for Charlie Puth.

THE MA LIGHTING AWARD FOR EVENTS - Adam Bassett for The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, Dave Cohen for Arcadia at Glastonbury Festival and Al Gurdon for The Brit Awards 2016.

THE AYRTON AWARD FOR STAGE - Tobias G Rylander for The 1975, Rob Sinclair for Pe

PLASA 2016 hosts essential Dante training seminar

PLASA 2016 hosts essential Dante training seminar

Friday, 19 August 2016

UK - One of the key audio networking protocols, Audinate's Dante, is an essential part of audio solutions ranging from huge, multi-console festival and multi-zone club systems to the simplest of retail background music applications. PLASA 2016 features a unique, free opportunity for audio professionals to learn more about Dante, with a training event hosted by Kieran Walsh, regional manager, global support services at Audinate.

Taking place on Tuesday 20 September in the Apex Room, Olympia London, the seminar is recommended for anyone involved with the installation of networked audio systems; including design consultants, system integrators and live sound engineers. Certified Technology Specialists will earn four RU credits for attending.

The seminar, which will run from 10.00-15.30, is sponsored by a number of leading audio technology companies, including Audinate, Focusrite, Solid State Logic, Roland, Yamaha and XTA. With an introduction from PLASA's managing director Peter Heath, it will include Dante Level 1 and 2 training from Audinate's Kieran Walsh, live table-top displays and a session on deploying Dante networks in live events from Liam Halpin.

"Audinate is pleased to co-present a day of seminars in cooperation with PLASA at PLASA 2016," says Kieran. "The seminar day will give a great opportunity to gain a greater insight into Dante Audio Networking Technology, which has become the de-facto standard in connecting uncompressed, highly synchronous, low-latency audio network devices.

"Attendees will be able to get training that will help in taki

PLASA 2016: Gottelier Award nominees announced

PLASA 2016: Gottelier Award nominees announced

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

UK - Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator who passed away in 2006, the annual Gottelier Award aims to recognise those product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology - whether in audio, lighting, rigging, staging, or any other related field.

Voting in the Gottelier Awards is only open to PLASA Members, registered readers of LSi magazine and pre-registered visitors to PLASA 2016. All will receive an email with a unique code inviting them to place their individual vote via the PLASA Show website. Voting closes on Friday 9 September 2016 and the winner will be announced at the PLASA Show at Olympia, West London, on Monday 19 September.

The nominees for 2016 are:

Chris Cronin

During a career of almost four decades, Chris Cronin has had a hand in pushing forward many of the developments in staging technology that we take for granted. From the days of PAR cans and Raylights to the T2 safety truss, and from the Medium Duty truss to Take That's 'Big Man', Chris has applied his enthusiasm and ingenuity to products which have benefited thousands of projects all over the world. Having started his career with James Thomas Engineering in 1978, Chris left to start Tomcat Ltd in 1985, before founding Total Fabrications Ltd (TFL) in 1989, later expanding to become Total Solutions Group (TSG). In all that time,

BMD selects ImageCue as preferred playback device

BMD selects ImageCue as preferred playback device

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

USA - Broadway Media Distribution (BMD), formerly known as Broadway Motion Design, has selected ImageCue as the preferred playback device for their scenic projection content. BMD has partnered with Adoline A/V to provide ImageCue for purchase or hire to its customers.

"We are very excited to be associated with BMD", says ImageCue CEO Bill Hewlett. "Their animated artwork for musical theatre scenic projections is stunning, and the way they build cue-able content is a perfect match with ImageCue."

ImageCue allows BMD's scenic projections to be played back on cue from a standard lighting controller using only 12 channels of DMX512. Both ImageCue and BMD have been featured in Richard Cadena's Video Matters column in LSi magazine - ImageCue in November 2015, and BMD in April 2016. Broadway Media Distribution now offers projection content for over 40 musicals.

ImageCue is distributed in the UK by White Light and will be a part of their exhibit at PLASA London in booth G37. ImageCue demonstrations using content from BMD will feature at the show. To register for PLASA 2016, click here - free registration ends on 1 September when the price will rise to £10.

(Jim Evans)

Elation brings innovation to PLASA 2016

Elation brings innovation to PLASA 2016

Monday, 15 August 2016

UK - Elation Professional will bring its most impressive line-up of PLASA products ever to this year's Show at Olympia. Elation will have on hand at Stand C40 an unprecedented line-up of new cutting-edge innovations for entertainment lighting that includes the new Fuze Series of dynamic LED wash lights, ZCL Series of high-output LED effects, and DTW Series of variable white LED lights.

Also showing will be the new seven-colour Platinum Seven LED wash luminaire along with a cyclorama wash fixture, the TVL CYC RGBW, an ideal floodlight for theatre and broadcast applications. The Sniper Pro, an upgrade of Elation's award-winning Sniper 2R that features three times the power, will also feature as will the Protron 3K Colors, a high-power 40,000 lumen LED colour strobe.

Elation will also be showing the latest offering in its line of creative high-resolution LED display panels, the EVHD Series. Available in three different pixel pitches (2.8, 3.9 & 5.9), the EVHD are curveable for more creative applications and feature a fanless design with complete front and rear service access.

Plus - don't miss your chance to see the popular X-Series of award-winning hybrid fixtures. The Elation team looks forward to a great show. Join them at Stand C40 for a closer look at these and other professional lighting, video and control solutions.

To register to attend the PLASA Show, click here. Free registration ends on 1 September.

(Jim Evans)

Yamaha and Nexo connect at PLASA 2016

Yamaha and Nexo connect at PLASA 2016

Thursday, 11 August 2016

UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio and Nexo will be demonstrating the seamless connectivity of their products at PLASA 2016, which takes place at London's Olympia from 18-20 September.

The jointly-hosted stand J10 features a unique, zoned design which showcases a range of scaled audio solutions - from the smallest room to the biggest stadium. A significant feature is a comprehensive Dante network, allowing staff to demonstrate the ease with which Yamaha and Nexo products can be seamlessly networked to provide complete, easily managed system solutions of any size.

The stand will feature a significant new Yamaha product, alongside the flagship RIVAGE PM10 and CL/QL series digital mixers, the Commercial installation Solutions (CIS) series of processors, mixers, amplifiers and loudspeakers, plus a range of input and output options.

Key Nexo products on show will include the ID Series (ID24 and S110 sub), GEO M6 compact line array and DTD amplifiers and controller.

Technical staff from both companies will of course be on hand throughout the show to demonstrate products and answer any questions.

(Jim Evans)

EDC spectacular with Enteetainment

EDC spectacular with Enteetainment

Monday, 8 August 2016

UK - On behalf of Festival Republic, Dick Tee of 'enteetainment Ltd', was asked to look after the technical production management of the recent EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) show in Milton Keynes Bowl, working alongside his counterpart, production manager Jake Berry, who was representing Los Angeles-based Festival producer, Insomniac.

Electric Daisy Carnival UK returned to Milton Keynes Bowl for a one-day electronic dance music party. The main stage built by Serious Stages was some 70m wide and incorporated a huge Owl, a Dragon and two 'Guardians' as well as a massive 400m2 LED screen and a fully functioning 'waterfall'.

"It was a great challenge to be able to combine such a huge stage based construction with so much creativity and artistic design," said Tee. "Unlike conventional stages which offer complete weather protection to the performance area, the only 'on stage roof' comprised of a small perspex canopy covering the actual DJ performer and their equipment with the rest of the construction acting as a supportive 'skeletal' frame for the set & scenic panels and cloths, inflatables, lighting, audio, LED screens, laser and pryo effects."

In addition, there were a further three stages located in Big Tops along with carnival rides, performers and art installations.

(Jim Evans)

Historical sessions scheduled for AES Los Angeles

Historical sessions scheduled for AES Los Angeles

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

USA - The Audio Engineering Society will celebrate the rich history of professional audio through a series of Historical Track presentations at the 141st International AES Convention in Los Angeles. Taking place Thursday, 29 September 29 - Sunday, 2 October 2, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Centre, AES Los Angeles will offer sessions covering the innovative and interesting histories of iconic recording studios, acoustics and technology design, sound reinforcement of historical events and more, curated by Historical Events chair Mark Gander of Hrman Professional Solutions..

AES Los Angeles Historical Events sessions are slated to include:

Political Audio: Sound for Past and Recent Presidential Debates and Conventions - A panel of industry professionals with first-hand experience working on past and present presidential events will come together to discuss the sound reinforcement, broadcast, and audio communications production and workflow of these historic happenings. Panelists include consultant Ken Fause, audio expert Dave Brand, and sound designers Michael Abbott, Patrick Baltzell and Stan Miller.

The Great British Recording Studios - Author Howard Massey will explore the origins of the fabled "British Sound" and celebrate the people, equipment and innovative recording techniques of the day through rare photographs, videos and musical examples covering many historic studios and sessions. Panelists will include Geoff Emerick, Dave Harries and Malcolm Toft.

Horns and Waveguides: Evolution of Technology - This tutorial by Alex

White Light faces EXPOSURE at St James Theatre

White Light faces EXPOSURE at St James Theatre

Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - This evening marks the world premiere of EXPOSURE The Musical at St James Theatre, London. The new British musical has been written by Mike Dyer and Quentin Russell and stars Michael Greco and Natalie Anderson. Alongside providing the lighting to The Stripper which is currently running in the venue's studio space, White Light has also supplied the equipment for this new production.

EXPOSURE The Musical tells the story of young photographer Jimmy Tucker who faces the biggest challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins within modern-day London. Yet, throughout the night, a series of encounters with girlfriends, family history and the world of celebrity reveals there is more at stake than just money.

The lighting designer on the show is Ben Cracknell. He comments, "Projection plays a huge role in EXPOSURE. It is used across the entire set in virtually every scene, with a fantastic video design by Timothy Bird. My role is to create a lighting design that fuses video projection with the live action whilst unpinning the strong musical nature of the show. I wanted to ensure that projection, lighting and sound weren't separate entities but worked in harmony and became holistic. The songs are drawn from an eclectic range of musical styles so I needed to ensure my design matched every single one whilst maintaining a cohesive visual style."

To achieve this, Ben drew on WL's extensive lighting range. This includes Martin MAC Viper Performances, Martin Aura LEDs, ETC ColourSource Profil

MDG's ATMe adds atmosphere to Week 53

MDG's ATMe adds atmosphere to Week 53

Thursday, 28 July 2016

UK - Performance and visual arts venue, The Lowry, in Greater Manchester's Salford Quays launched its first festival of arts, Week 53, earlier this year.

The 11-day festival, which brought together contemporary dance, visual arts, music and theatre in interactive installations, exhibitions and performances, featured more than 200 international artists, and will be held annually for the next three years with a view to extend into the future. The occasion was marked by the procurement of a new ATMe haze generator to complement The Lowry's 15-year-old MDG Atmosphere.

MDG's ATMe is an evolution of the Atmosphere which is a long-term industry standard. ATMe has an added degree of controllability which attracted the attention of The Lowry's head of technical services, Dave Woodward, and was supplied by MDG UK complete with a portability kit.

The ATMe was brought into use for the first time on the opening night launch party, where it helped complete the transition of the main stage into a night club, and the truck loading bay into a chillout zone and bar. Dave Woodward explains, "We were able to fill the space with good quality haze, then simply control the levels from the console throughout the night."

For the remainder of Week 53, the ATMe was positioned in the theatre's Scene Dock, which had been turned into a fourth theatre for the course of the festival. The dock was filled with haze every day before opening the doors so, Woodward revealed, "the public were able to observe the space as an installation piece of art with a moody feel."

Since Week 53,


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