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DWR hosts TV lighting workshop

Thursday, 4 May 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution’s Jannie de Jager will be presenting the Introduction Beginners Television Lighting Workshop on 23 May 2017.
Jannie’s vast experience has seen him involved with several studios and the commissioning thereof with projects including E-Tv Hyde Park LED upgrade (two studios), The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation LED upgrade (three studios), Botswana TV (three studios upgraded to LED) and the SuperSport Lagos Studios. He is also involved with training and support of many local broadcasting studios such as MultiChoice, SABC and ETV.
(Jim Evans)


Sound Technology Harman showcase at PLASA Focus

Thursday, 4 May 2017

UK - Sound Technology, distributor of Harman Professional Solutions audio products in the UK and Ireland, is showcasing new products from Harman’s JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft, plus Harman’s Connected PA system, on stand N-A11 at PLASA Focus in Leeds on 9-10 May.
Announced at Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt in last month, the JBL Eon One Pro is a rechargeable portable personal linear-array PA system which combines the sound quality of a professional system with the convenience and portability of a self-contained, battery-powered solution. Featuring Bluetooth audio, an eight-channel mixer and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts six hours, Eon One Pro is designed for gigging musicians and DJs, educators, fitness studios, corporate environments and more.
Harman’s Connected PA concept garnered much interested when it was announced at the NAMM Show in January, and PLASA Focus will be the first opportunity for UK customers to see the system in action. Connected PA is a complete integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to easily get professional results.
The recently-released Soundcraft Ui24 forms the heart of the Connected PA ecosystem, together with JBL PRX800 loudspeakers, microphones & mic adaptors from AKG and dbx’s Di1 direct box. The Connected PA App - a preview version of which is available to download from the Apple App Store now - brings the system together.
Soundcraft has recently released v6.3 software for the Vi Series which adds Harman’s vMix automated


Record launch for Proel at ProLight+Sound

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Germany/Italy - Proel launched a record number of new loudspeaker systems at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt this year across multiple sectors of the markets for installed sound and portable sound products.
Representing a new direction for its Axiom professional loudspeaker brand, the AX12C vertical column array is aimed primarily at corporate audio-visual applications requiring response and output beyond traditional speech-only column speaker systems, as well as a wide range of fixed installations from clubs to commercial facilities. Consisting of 12 3.5-inch drive units housed in a structurally rigid aluminium enclosure, the ACX12C delivers wide 100° horizontal dispersion, and natural cardioid behaviour thanks to its transmission line back-loading.
It will frequently be used with the matching SW2100A powered 21-inch subwoofer which provides mechanical coupling as well as 2000 watts of power from its internal Class D amplifier module. AX12C modules can be floor or wall mounted with specialised brackets, or flown up to four units deep from a dedicated flybar, and a range of transportation solutions are available for portable use.
Seven new loudspeakers were also launched in the ED Series point source range, from 6-inch two-way through 8-inch two-way, 12-inch two-way, to a single 18-inch subwoofer and low profile dual 10-inch subwoofer, designed for many kinds of fixed installation projects from restaurants and bars to theatres and sports facilities. Black, white, or custom RAL finishes, a range of mounting accessories, asymmetrical horn patterns, and p


Green Hippo goes on show in Florence

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Italy - Tuscany hosts Showlight 2017 and Green Hippo is heading to Firenze in force. This show, the 10th since its 1981 launch, takes place on 20-23 May in Florence, providing a beautiful backdrop for what promises to be a productive gathering.
Encompassing the disciplines of architectural lighting, concert, event, film, theatre, and television, Showlight anticipates that lighting practitioners from some 20 countries will attend the Florence event. Green Hippo will present its Hippotizer Media Server range at Showlight’s exhibition, enabling it to demonstrate its award-winning line to this multinational audience, while also benefiting from the show’s traditionally strong business networking environment.
The exhibition runs alongside Showlight’s series of presentations – exhibitor stands close during conference – meaning that exhibitors can also participate in these informative events. Green Hippo’s Showlight 2017 team counts Phil Blue, Ryan Brown and Simon Harris, bringing extensive knowledge of the industry.
(Jim Evans)


Triple E takes the stage at PLASA Focus

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

UK - Entertainment infrastructure specialist Triple E is set to unveil the latest model of its pop-up theatre at PLASA Focus in Leeds next week.
Triple E will build Project 33 as a performance platform at ABTT and the company’s stand at PLASA Focus is the opportunity to see its dramatic plans for the technology in the meantime.
Commissioned by the Pleasance Theatre Trust for a role at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, Project 33 is a product of ModTruss, the award-winning, Meccano-style construction system designed in the US and exclusively distributed by Triple E this side of the Atlantic.
David Edelstein, managing director at Triple E, comments: “Project 33 demonstrates the remarkable flexibility of ModTruss. It’s an extremely strong, flat-packed solution capable of taking almost any shape and supporting attendant production weights, anywhere.
“ModTruss answers so many questions across the event map, we’re delighted to take a scale model of its first major UK incarnation to PLASA Focus.”
An eminently versatile solution for a range of profile events Stateside, Super Bowl 50, World’s Greatest, Fox Sports West and Cine Gear Expo among them, ModTruss has unlimited connection points, which allows the product weight to be reduced without sacrificing its strength.
(Jim Evans)


Artistic Licence Superheroes at PLASA Focus

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

UK - Artistic Licence will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus Leeds next week (Stand N-B31). This year, the company is promoting two major areas of development – the Superhero Splitters, and the launch of its next generation ethernet gateway products, starting with artLynx quad.
Artistic Licence has upgraded its popular DIN rail splitters, Rail-Split RDM II and Rail-Split extreme, to superhero status, by endowing them with special powers to withstand mains electrocution.
Both products are now fitted with electrical protection on the input, loop and output connections. This enables them to survive electrocution by all international mains voltages, including UK 3-phase (that is, up to 415 VAC continuous connection). The connections are designed to be self-healing, so the product lives on to fight another day.
Additionally, Rail-Split extreme now features surge protection. This feature is aimed at protecting the product and connected equipment against voltage surges of the type generated by lightning. The protection is sacrificial which means that after a certain number of protection events, the protection circuitry will be destroyed.
The next generation of Artistic Licence ethernet-to-DMX gateways is based on a more powerful chip technology, and provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol. Leading the way is artLynx quad, a DIN rail mounted product that converts Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 DMX universes. RDM is additionally supported when used with Art-Net. artLynx quad supercedes the previous Art-Lynx O/P product.


One week to go until PLASA Focus Leeds

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds opens its doors next week, 9-10 May at Royal Armouries, hosting a wealth of product launches and the latest UK debuts. A range of innovative technology will be showcased including Cadac’s CDC seven - the newest addition to its CDC series digital console line; Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series - a new generation of multi-purpose line arrays, Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System; Robe’s LEDBeam 150; d&b audiotechnik’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source installation loudspeakers, not to mention Philips Vari-Lite’s new VL6000 Beam mid-air effects fixture; Nexo’s extraordinary GEO M10 mid-size line array; RCF’s HDL 6-A new mini line array and Chauvet’s Maverick MK3 Wash.

Cliff Dounting, UK General manager, CHAUVET Professional says: "We are especially excited to showcase the new Maverick MK3 Wash at PLASA Focus Leeds. The fixture raises the bar on output, colour consistency and pixel effects, and thanks to its 27 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs, the Maverick MK3 Wash offers powerful wash effects for all applications." Cliff adds: "PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be a crucially important show for CHAUVET, and we look forward to demonstrating all our recently introduced fixtures – including the Maverick MK1 Spot and ÉPIX Strip IP LED – to new and existing customers alike.” 

Chris Toulmin, PLASA’s director of events comments: “If these exciting products weren’t enough, for the first time at PLASA Focus Leeds you can learn more about Dante networking by Audinate, participate in a BBC Yorkshir


Specialz are EPIC in Dublin

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ireland - EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum is Dublin’s newest museum, dedicated to one of the pivotal facets of Irish history: that of Irish emigration. In the appropriate location, the museum is situated in Dublin’s Docklands on the Custom House Quay, the departure point for many of Ireland’s emigrants in the 19th Century. Within the museum are twenty themed interactive galleries that take visitors on a journey through Irish history and, through interactive and immersive technology, connects all those who claim Irish connections and heritage with powerful experience.
Amongst the myriad of rooms dedicated to the global influence of the Irish culture through migration is a space entitled Science & Innovation. Within this gallery, visitors are familiarised with those of Irish descent who have been key in the development of scientific and technology progress. As an introduction to the mysteries of the Irish psyche, the Synapse provides a spectacular visual interpretation of the brain’s inner workings. This artistic impression that also provides light and visual movement to the gallery was designed by Adam Grater.
“There was indeed a dual purpose to this installation,” opens Grater. “It’s title, The Synapse, explains what it represents but it also creates atmosphere and provides ambience in the way it physically illuminates the space. Once I had an idea of what I wanted I went to Dave Smith at Specialz to turn my thoughts into a workable reality.”
Creating bespoke visual structures is what Specialz is all about as Grater himself c


Green Hippo on track for Eurovision 2017

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Europe - Green Hippo has confirmed its appointment as an official Technical Event Supplier for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This year’s show, to be held in Kiev next month, will see Green Hippo’s video playback equipment help deliver the 62nd contest to a TV audience of more than 200m.
Green Hippo, Digigobos / Beacon Gobo Group, FIX8 Group and Trust Rental will supply 16 Hippotizer Media Servers, bringing the Hippotizer line’s renowned technical qualities - think pace, power, reliability, and real-time ease of use – to the Kiev set. This year’s agreement builds on Green Hippo’s flawless performance at Eurovision 2016, where the company’s Hippotizer Boreal and Karst Media Servers helped propel the Stockholm spectacular to a record 204m viewers.
James Roth, head of sales & marketing for Green Hippo says, “As technical event supplier, working alongside the designers, programmers and staging teams on such a complex project comes with a unique set of challenges. It’s a major event and for this reason we provide full support with our own HQ team in situ in Kiev to back-up the efforts of our European and Ukrainian partners. I’m looking forward to the party.”
Nigel Sadler, chief technical officer of Green Hippo adds, “The Eurovision song contest is major show which pushes the boundaries of technical production technology every year, so we are very proud to have been chosen as the media server of choice on seven of the last 10 shows incorporating video. The unique requirements of the show have helped to shape some of o


Ayrton celebrates anniversary with new releases

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Germany - Ayrton celebrated its 15th anniversary at Prolight + Sound with new products, new staff and a PIPA Award in the Light FX category for its MagicBurst graphic LED strobe fixture.
“To be given the PIPA 2017 Light FX Award for MagicBurst is very satisfying and a nice industry recognition of the continuation of Ayrton’s ingenuity and originality in product design,” says Ayrton’s new global sales director, Michael Althaus. “It tops what has been an excellent show for Ayrton where we experienced a really fantastic reception of our new products by the many visitors who came to check them out and see them in action in our light show.”
The company also announced an expansion in its staff prior to the show with the addition of Michael Althaus as global sales director, Christopher Agius Ferrante as CEO, Simon Gasch as regional sales manager and Chunyan Hou as the new legal and administration manager.
Ayrton chose Prolight + Sound to introduce a new line of luminaires with product names that evoke the winds of the world. The new names “symbolise the lightness embodied in the fixtures, along with the fluidity of design and breath of innovation that Ayrton brings to the marketplace of entertainment lighting”.
The first luminaire in this new line is Merak, a compact wash fixture that combines punch with enhanced performance. Its new design squeezes a whole lot of washlight into a package that is less than 40cm high, with a new 250W RGBW multichip LED module and Fresnel lens, to create a mono-source luminaire that is a marvel of inge


Robert Juliat turns on the style in Frankfurt

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Germany - Robert Juliat was present in classic style in the Lightpower Village at Prolight+Sound 2017 as it presented a line-up of its tungsten and discharge followspots - Lancelot, Merlin, Cyrano, Victor and Roxie - which formed a beautiful backdrop to herald the arrival of Robert Juliat’s two new LED followspots, the powerful 600W Oz and Alice.
Long- and short-throw models respectively, Oz and Alice feature an exclusive 600W cool white LED source and are the first professional LED followspots able to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots.
The dynamic pair share the same high-quality functions and characteristics offered by the Robert Juliat classic Compact range. Their compact dimensions and silent operation are coupled with the benefits of no heat, smooth electronic dimming - locally or remotely via DMX – and no lamp-change for less maintenance. A digital display, RJ45 connector and USB port are just some of the convenient features that come as standard.
“There is nothing else comparable on the market in terms of output and performance from a powerful LED source,” says Robert Juliat managing director, François Juliat. “Oz and Alice are proof that Robert Juliat continues to lead the way in followspot design.”
Robert Juliat also unveiled SpotMe, an advanced 3D tracking system for their Compact and Grand ranges of followspots, which is designed to shine the light on performers in a smart, progressive way. Very easy to understand, simple to install and use, and extremely cost-effective, SpotMe


VDC Trading brings new look to PLASA Focus Leeds

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - VDC Trading will be showcasing a selection of the latest products from Van Damme Cable, including the Black Series reduced OD speaker cable and the Digi-Tour AES/DMX multicore, at PLASA Focus Leeds, held at The Royal Armouries from 9-10 May.
The Van Damme Black Series reduced OD 2- and 4-core 4mm cables are engineered to have the lowest possible overall diameter. They are commonly used with speaker multipins for amplifier break ins or speaker breakouts and help to keep truck weight down. The cables are double extruded; the first extrusion encloses the inner conductors and the second extrusion gives a smooth and round outer jacket.
Van Damme Digi-Tour multicores are mechanically and electrically based on the Van Damme Green Series range, but they feature a matt black outer jacket for on-stage use and discrete rigging. 110-Ohm characteristic impedance makes them ideal for both AES/EBU digital audio and DMX512 lighting control signals.
Also on show in Leeds is the Van Damme Tourlight HMA Assemblies. Already established in the broadcast and touring markets, the HMA connector’s expanded beam lens system offers greater resilience to dirt and contamination. Also ideal for the touring market are the Van Damme Tourlight OM3 multimode and OS1 single mode fibre cables. The Tourlight range has been accredited by Neutrik for use with its OpticalCON connector and can be supplied terminated to length in VDC’s state-of-the-art fibre laboratory, which has also been Class A COCA approved by Neutrik.


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 suit individual requirements.
Radoslaw Bogusz, LEDBlade’s regional sales director, comments: “LEDBlade is a valuable addition to any conventional visual equipment and feedback from customers is


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.
Philips Showline SL SUNLED 10. Designed for studio environments, the fixture’s ten cells of fixed white LEDs deliver a blended wash of warm white light emulating the conventional halogen st


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 programme will be presented by Daniele Massaccesi, international sales engineer for Axiom Professional Audio. In the session Transmission line back-loading in line array systems and the art of flyi


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 marks a leap forward in technology - allowing you to take your imagination to practically anywhere with an IP rating. Both the Aqua 440 Beam and Aqua 600 Spot feature a robust design that will keep th


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 opportunities that surround lighting control.”
(Jim Evans)


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/finish lines, the podiums and warm up platforms and stages along the route.
Another challenge for these events is the management and delivery of smooth and efficient set up and de-rig schedules withi


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 LED wash, beam and effects fixture. The B-EYE K20 sits upstage centre behind lead singer Skin where it delivers majestic silhouetted air effects that complement the onstage LED screens' evolving graph


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 the group, Gil Teichman - the largest audiovisual provider in Israel. The company has been active for over two decades, leading the field of concept creation, designing and executing audiovisual syste


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 is perfect for complex networks as well as for permanent installations and temporary projects.
(Jim Evans)


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 monitor and the new KH 80 DSP nearfield studio monitor feature alongside Sennheiser’s 6000 series rack receivers.
In Radio World, visitors can try out a selection of Neumann microphones includi


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