robe-abba-orchestral-2022-terr1954Robe lights ABBA Orchestral extravaganza
Friday, 24 June 2022

Ireland - Lighting designer Liam McCarthy utilised 100 Robe moving lights for a spectacular special performance of ABBA Orchestral at Dublin’s 3 Arena, featuring the Waterloo Concert Orchestra and conductor and arranger, Andy O’Callaghan.
The set was a fully live reprise of ABBA’s numerous greatest hits, which Liam notes instinctually returned to his subconscious as he ran the show, mainly improv style, utilising pre-sets and palettes programmed and set up to work in this fashion. “It’s a very exciting and satisfying way to operate,” he comments.
Liam has worked with the concert’s promoters on several other projects and was delighted to be back on this one that was postponed last year due to COVID.
Just Lites was the lighting supplier, a Dublin-based rental and technical production specialist with whom Liam works closely.
A major objective was to fill the 3 Arena with plenty of classic glitzy and disco moments, so he picked Robe BMFL Spots as his power lights, Spiider LED wash beams for covering the stage and orchestra, T1 Profiles for key lighting and Pointes for delivering the main effect lights.
“This selection of fixtures covered all the elements,” he states. “Brightness to energise the audience and pull them into the show coupled with some refinement plus an endless array of cool looks.”
It was a massive production to light. The impressive set of tiered orchestra risers with set flats at the back and a large upstage LED screen created a dramatic picture onstage for the many dynamic elements - str

coldplay-7992-steve-jennings-smChauvet creates spherical looks for Coldplay
Friday, 24 June 2022

USA - Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras declared, “There is music in the spacing of the spheres,” articulating his vision with a series of formulas and geometric patterns. Today, over 25 centuries later, his insights into the interplay between visual patterns and music is being celebrated in Coldplay’s global Music of the Spheres tour, in which the band’s performance is being supported by a production design by Misty Buckley and Phil Harvey.
Inspired by Pythagoras’ writings and diagrams, the stage design evokes the great thinker’s vision with unfolding spherical patterns extending out from the stage in multiple directions. Accentuating this panorama and endowing it with even greater moving power is a Sooner Routhier lighting design that features 192 Chauvet Professional Color Strike M fixtures.
Supplied by Upstaging, the IP65-rated motorized blinder/washes are suspended from pylons on either side of the stage and on audience PA towers, in addition to being arranged in circular configurations on the decks of the main stage and Stage B.
“There’s a specific Pythagoras diagram that displays the arcs and movement of the solar system and its celestial bodies that we leaned on for inspiration,” Routhier said of the overall design concept. “So, the architecture for the lighting design, and the cuing of the system is heavily based on spheres, circles and arcs. Matt Geasey of Clear All Visuals did much of the tech development, drafting, and pre viz integration, relating to these concepts, including for our lighting s

karolgcoachellaphoto3Waves eMotion LV1 mixes Karol G Coachella set
Friday, 24 June 2022

USA - FOH engineer John Buitrago and monitor engineer Robin Barrera recently chose the Waves eMotion LV1 Live Mixer and Waves plugins for Colombian artist Karol G, winner of the 2018 Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist, who performed at the main stage of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
“We did a very successful, solid and consistent U.S. tour, using the LV1 in 2021 with Karol G,” notes FOH John Buitrago. “Everyone was very happy with the mixer’s performance, so we continued using the LV1 throughout 2022 and for the Coachella show as well. There is no other console on the market which sounds bigger, punchier and more wide open than the eMotion LV1.
“I started my career as a recording and mixing sound engineer. In the studio, we all produce and mix with Waves plugins, including the artists I work for. So, when I’m mixing on a big PA, eMotion LV1 makes me feel like I’m in a big studio, with all my plugins right there in the mixer. The mixer’s own sound is crisp and powerful, and the added plugins make it continuous with the studio experience.”
Monitor engineer Robinson Barrera adds: “We chose eMotion LV1 because we always look for great sound plus consistency, and that is what LV1 gives us show after show. When choosing a console for touring, I always look for software stability, consistency, easy connectivity, and of course an intuitive workflow that makes me feel confident when mixing. Of course, the main objective is to find the best sound, and that is what the LV1 has. I think there are great benefits coming

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nexo-villaNexo columns add audio experience to villa pool
Friday, 24 June 2022

Italy - Located on a hillside in the Italian city of Fondi, Villa Paola is a prestigious restaurant, wedding and events venue created by owner Gianmaria Magni. Guests enjoy the food, beautiful interiors, majestic views, and a sound system installed in the restaurant and dancefloor areas by local event production services and technology specialists Remix Sound.
More recently, Sig. Magni contacted the De Simone brothers at Remix once again, this time with a brief to extend the high-quality sonic experience outside to a spectacular pool area surrounded by large gazebos with luxurious sofas. Riccardo De Simone takes up the story.
“We needed a slim and elegant speaker with the high power necessary to cover a large outside space. We’ve worked with Nexo for over two decades so were eager to try the new ID84 in this application. We know column speakers, and it was immediately apparent that Nexo has done much more than simply creating ‘another column speaker’. The ID84 concept is completely new, with a ground-breaking driver configuration. As such, we were able to offer a unique solution from a reliable and trusted brand, and the client is very pleased with the results.”
A total of four ID84s are housed in custom pedestals designed by Michele De Simone in the style of the existing light lanterns at Villa Paola. Columns are powered by a single Nexo DTDAMP4x1.3 four channel amplifier with processing from a DTD-T in a system designed using Nexo’s NS-1 configuration software by Wouter ‘Tony’ Verkuijl at the Italian branch of the Yamaha System Eng

bromptonBrompton Technology powers car chase stage
Friday, 24 June 2022

Turkey - Pioneering virtual production house MGX Studio recently delivered the country’s first film with car chase action scenes, enabled by a LED stage powered by Brompton Technology processing.
Owned by MGX Film and based in Istanbul, MGX Studio is Turkey’s first virtual production (VP) studio and, since its inception in 2021, has already delivered a number of high-profile productions, including projects with Netflix and award-winning Turkish production company, Autonomy.
The studio set up comprises a 9,600×1,536 pixels resolution 100sq.m curved LED wall, along with 125sq.m of LED ceiling panels, which are used for lighting and reflections. This configuration is powered using three Brompton Tessera SX40 processors and five Tessera XD 10G data distribution units to provide a 10-bit colour depth image.
Entitled Anka, the film’s plot concerns the rising career of a racing car driver. Investor and owner of MGX Film, Müşvik Guluzade, was a pivotal figure in the realisation of the project. His commitment included personal involvement at ground level in driving training of the actors and staging action and special effects scenes.
“We were very proud last year when MGX completed a feature film project called A Better Tomorrow, where 85% of material was shot using virtual production. The fact that this technology has led to Turkey's first action car chase film has roused great excitement,” says Guluzade. “MGX’s virtual production technology enables directors and filmmakers to create enriched interactive environments f

claypakytimmcgraw5Claypaky fixtures light McGraw Tour 2022
Friday, 24 June 2022

USA - Lighting and production designer Patrick Brannon selected Claypaky Xtylos, A.leda B-EYE K20s and Sharpys for country superstar Tim McGraw’s just completed McGraw Tour 2022, which played dates in the eastern half of the US. Nashville-based Premier Global Production Company was the lighting vendor and lighting services provider for the shows.
Grammy Award-winner McGraw kicked off the 17-city amphitheatre tour on 29 April in Rogers, Arkansas and wrapped 4 June in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The show featured more than 20 of the hits that McGraw has scored in 30-plus years of music making. McGraw was joined by special guest Russell Dickerson as well as Alexandra Kay and Brandon Davis.
Brannon, of StarDust Services in Nashville, has worked with McGraw for about 10 years and designed five of his tours. He hails from a rock ’n roll background tallying 21 years with BonJovi.
He explains that a big McGraw tour had been scheduled and designed when the coronavirus pandemic hit. With everyone still a bit anxious about public turnout and the emergence of new COVID variants, Live Nation asked Brannon to design a lighting rig for the tour that would fit into six trucks instead of the previously planned 15 vehicles.
“We lost the motion and video panels, but my fixture preference remained the same for the reduced-size production,” Brannon reports.
The show featured five 50ft trusses with assorted lights and a 32 x 32ft thrust surrounded by edge lights with a neon-look.
Brannon placed 12 Xtylos on the floor upstage, behind the band and

adjADJ Hydro Series shines on Rebirth outdoors
Friday, 24 June 2022

The Netherlands - A significant quantity of ADJ fixtures were supplied by production company Spectrum AV for two of the stages at the Rebirth Festival, a three-day hard dance event which took place in The Netherlands in April.
Six of the festival’s seven dance arenas were enclosed by large circus-style tents, while the final performance stage was outdoors and open to the elements. For this, ADJ’s IP65-rated Hydro Series moving heads and static LED-powered wash fixtures were utilised, ensuring that the lighting rig would be unaffected by any adverse weather, including the storm that hit the festival site during buildup.
With the tagline of ‘Reunite Again’, the 2022 Rebirth Festival was one of the first largescale outdoor dance events to take place in the Netherlands following two years of pandemic-induced restrictions. It also represented a reunion between the organisers and production company Spectrum AV, which worked on the festival in its early years.
“The biggest stages at these festivals are often driven by the riders of headline artists, which means we would have to rent in different fixtures for each show,” explains Spectrum AV’s general manager, Lex Willems. “For these mid-level stages - which are still pretty big - our clients are happy to use the equipment we have in stock, which are all ADJ fixtures. This allows us to maximize our return on the investments we have made and to use equipment that we know we can rely on. This is the sweet spot for our business and how we plan to grow. We have no desire to take on the bigger st

actjames-suitJames Suit re-joins ACT Entertainment in NYC
Friday, 24 June 2022

USA - James Suit has re-joined ACT Entertainment’s regional sales team for the New York City Metro area. Previously, he had served as northeast regional sales manager for the brands distributed by ACT.
“We’re very excited to have James back on-board and to take advantage of the expertise, values and skills that make him such a good fit for the ACT team,” says Doug Mekanik, ACT Entertainment director of sales.
Suit began his professional career in 2005 when he joined 4Wall in New Jersey as a moving light tech. He spent seven years in system integration and sales for Starlite Productions in Moorestown, New Jersey. He later moved to Ushio America where he served as regional sales manager for entertainment, covering the Eastern US for the lighting manufacturer and distributor.
“I’m happy to re-join ACT to continue building relationships with designers and customers that were cut short by the pandemic,” says Suit. “I look forward to working with everyone on the ACT Entertainment team to bring fresh, innovative products to the creative people who need them.”
Ryan Hindinger, ACT Entertainment market manager: concert touring & live experiences, concludes: “James has superb product expertise and never fails to see customer wants and needs in a way they often don’t themselves, which makes him an excellent fit for the ACT Entertainment family.”

zoe-1Chauvet reflects universal sound of Zoé
Thursday, 23 June 2022

Mexico - Zoé won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock Urban Alternative Album in 2019. Although the honour was well-deserved, it told only part of this dynamic quintet’s story. The band from Cuernavaca defies easy classification, as they weave an array of global influences into their distinct sound.
Inspired by Brit Pop and Seattle grunge, Zoé has continuously refined their music since the group formed in the mid ‘90s, bringing in synth pop and psychedelic elements to create a rich mix of songs.
The band’s current Unplugged tour will include a stop at Dodger Stadium in December. Reflecting the mood of the music is a balanced and intricately layered Tony Pérez lighting design that features 42 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Meridian Pro Audio company.
Playing his design off against a large video wall, Pérez showers the stage with light from his Maverick spot and wash fixtures that changes colours and angles to reflect the jangle-like flow of his client’s music. Crossing wash and spot patterns over each other, he gives the stage a pleasant textured quality that engages audiences. Further strengthening the connection between the band and its fans, he lights the crowd with 18 STRIKE4 blinders.
"The lighting design arose from a set of ideas and general needs that had to be covered, through my conversations with Gabriel Cruz, Rodrigo Guardiola," says Pérez, who has been designing shows for three decades and has been the designer for Zoé since 2016. "In general, the video and the lighting help to generate different sensations at

guildhall-logo-2017Guildhall School of Music & Drama to host summer courses
Thursday, 23 June 2022

UK - The Guildhall School of Music and Drama will host short courses on sound design and video projection at the end of July.
Taking place concurrently from 25-29 July, Sound Design for Theatre and Introduction to Video Projection Mapping are available to anyone aged 16 or over for a fee of £525 (£1,035 inclusive of accommodation). Teaching will take place daily and the training will be given in person only.
Led by Video Design lecturer Angeline Ferguson, Introduction to Video Projection Mapping is aimed at beginners. Learners will find out how to prepare and project video onto a 3D structure using industry standard video projection software Resolume Arena 7 and Adobe After Effects. They will also be introduced to the basic principles and techniques of digital video mapping, including designing concepts for projection mapping, creating content and sourcing material online, preparing digital content (file types, resolutions and codecs), setting up hardware (computers, projectors and real-world objects), keystoning, image correction and distortions. The course is for anyone interested in video projection, or those who would like to try something new, though ideally, learners would have an interest or experience in digital art, graphic design, video editing, technical theatre, gaming etc.
Sound Design for Theatre is for anyone with an interest in sound design, its manipulation and use in a theatrical or narrative context. The course will introduce learners to the practical, creative and technological aspects of sound desi

leealogodigitalrgbLEEA webinar puts focus on entertainment sector
Thursday, 23 June 2022

UK - The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will hold a webinar for end-users in the entertainment industry.
Held live at 10am BST on 7 July 2022 via Zoom, the one-hour webinar aims to initiate conversations between LEEA members and end users, particularly those further up the supply chain. The webinar will explore how having the right lifting equipment and safe working loads in the entertainment sector is vital for successful productions and concerts - ensuring they run smoothly, efficiently and safely.
Furthermore, sourcing and training staff and contracting for ‘thorough examinations’ with LEEA members will give entertainment sector companies the confidence they seek, as members of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association conform to its ‘gold standard’ when it comes to excellence in the Lifting Industry.
Attendees to this webinar will gain an overview of legislative frameworks, training and best practices applicable to owners and end users of lifting equipment in the Entertainment industry.
Representing the Entertainment sector will be speakers Paul Fulcher, managing director, Rigging Services and Sean Pagel, director of Production Services Ireland & chairman of the National Rigging Advisory Group. LEEA experts presenting will be Keith Tonge, technical services and Dave Tucker, senior training specialist at LEEA.
For more information, visit the link below.

gentlemanphoto-by-moritz-hartmann3Bünemann relies on Onyx for Gentleman dates
Thursday, 23 June 2022

Germany - Lighting designer and operator Andreas Bünemann is using the Onyx lighting control platform from Obsidian Control Systems to run a large lighting rig for German reggae artist Gentleman and says he wouldn’t turn to any other system.
“Our choice is the Obsidian Onyx system and it will be going forward,” stated Bünemann, owner of full-service rental company Bam Bam FX of Germany. “For us, it is the future and the direction we want to go. It’s a powerful and reliable system and we will be recommending it to clients interested in user-friendly lighting control.”
Gentleman is Germany's most successful reggae artist and has been filling venues in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 13 May in support of his latest album, Blaue Stunde. Bünemann has been handling lighting for Gentleman since early this year and runs the current show using Onyx software on an M6 console, a desk he started with years ago.
“I kind of fell in love with the console and operating system and decided it would be my console of choice,” he commented. “When Elation acquired the M-Series and launched Obsidian it was a huge step forward, which was fantastic. There hadn’t been any real progress with the software for a while but once Elation took over things started to happen, specific steps like the Dylos effects engine, which is so straight forward and easy to use. In my opinion, there is no other console that can do what this console can at the moment.”
For the Gentleman tour, Bünemann had at his disposal 36 wash lights, 36 beam fixtur

climate-pledgePowersoft aids efficiency at Climate Pledge Arena
Thursday, 23 June 2022

USA - Since its grand opening in October 2021, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena has set its sights on becoming the most progressive, responsible and sustainable arena in the world, with a net-zero carbon status, no single-use plastic, water conservation, and zero waste as some of its initial ambitions.
The arena, reinvigorated thanks to $1.15bn of private investment, has been designed to host a number of sports, including hockey and basketball, and live concerts and events, providing with a capacity of up to 18,100 guests.
David Battershell - senior consultant at Idibri, a Salas O’Brien Company - was the AV design consultant for the arena’s new construction, with Idibri acting as the AV component of a larger Populous design machine.
Designed to replace an existing venue, KeyArena, “that was too small and outdated” as Battershell explains, “the [original] arena’s roof is a historic landmark and couldn’t be torn down, so it had to be lifted off for work to begin. The rest of the building was then completely dismantled, the floor was lowered 20ft, and the new arena was built up to where the original roof would eventually be replaced.”
Idibri was brought in to provide high-quality audio in the arena’s suites to support bowl audio extension, background music and local TV audio. Battershell and his team decided that Powersoft’s Mezzo compact amplifier platform would be a suitable fit for such a demanding application.
“We thought that the Mezzo would be well-suited to being installed behind the televisions in each of the s

v14Waves Audio upgrades Waves plug-ins with V14
Thursday, 23 June 2022

USA - Waves Audio has announced Waves V14, the latest version of Waves plug-ins. Waves V14 enables faster load time, new Trim & Mix knobs in Waves’ most popular compressors, and quick new pre-set workflows.
With V14, Waves users can now control and fine-tune dynamics faster than ever, with brand new trim and mix knobs added to Waves’ most popular compressors: the API 2500, the CLA-2A, CLA-3A and CLA-76 Compressor/Limiters, the Renaissance Compressor and the SSL-G Master Buss Compressor. These new features allow users to stay creative, quickly balancing volume and creating parallel compressions in seconds, directly from the plug-ins.
V14 offers faster loading times for plug-ins, pre-sets and sessions in your DAW and enhanced quick drag-and-drop pre-set workflow.
V14 also features new ‘ultra-sharp’ HiDPI graphics for select Waves plug-ins: Abbey Road TG Mastering Chain, API Collection, the CLA-76, CLA-2A, CLA-3A Compressor/Limiters, the F6 Floating-Band Dynamic EQ, OVox Vocal ReSynthesis and PuigTec EQs.
Also, V14 includes a new standalone application to the CR8 Creative Sampler, allowing users to shape, manipulate and play samples without a DAW.

avixaClear-Com sponsors Women’s Council Breakfast
Thursday, 23 June 2022

USA - Clear-Com was a first-time sponsor of the popular annual AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast at the InfoComm 2022 trade show. A long-time supporter of Rise, a group promoting gender diversity within the broadcast and media technology industry, Clear-Com is now adding their support to the AVIXA Women’s Council, focused on supporting women in the professional AV industry.
“We have always supported raising the profile of women in the industries we serve, and we were pleased to be part of the AVIXA Women’s Council Breakfast this year,” remarks Clear-Com CEO Mitzi Dominguez. “Attracting, supporting and retaining more women in Pro AV opens opportunities for the next generations.”
Clear-Com’s recent involvement with Rise includes corporate sponsorship as well as active, hands-on involvement in the Rise Up Academy, Rise Up Summer School and Rise Awards. The Rise Global Mentorship programme currently is working with 98 mentees around the world, all of them matched with a Mentor from the industry.
“We are thrilled about the new opportunity Rise has created to bring value to young people through an immersive and hands on summer program,” says Nicki Fisher, Director of EMEA Sales. “Working closely with our youth allows us to help shape the future of our industry.”

cob-cannonADJ expands COB Cannon LED series
Thursday, 23 June 2022

USA - ADJ is expanding its COB Cannon Series of LED wash fixtures as well as its new range of lighting products incorporating lime LED chips with the introduction of the COB Cannon LP200ST.
Featuring a powerful light engine, smooth colour mixing and wide beam angle, this flexible professional wash lighting fixture can be used for a wide variety of applications.
The COB Cannon LP200ST harnesses the power of an efficient 200W COB (Chip On Board) LED light source, which generates a potent and even output with no colour shadows. This efficient light engine combines red, green, blue, amber and lime LED chips to allow the creation of a huge gamut of colours as well as white light with a variable colour temperature of between 2300K and 9900K. The inclusion of the lime LED chip helps certain colours to appear more vivid and also boosts the CRI to in excess of 90. The LED engine has an approximate lifespan of 50,000 operational hours, which essentially removes the inconvenience and expense of lamp replacement.
Offering a wide native beam angle of 80°, allowing a large area to be washed with vibrant coloured light, the COB Cannon LP200ST is also supplied with a useful lens kit. This comprises both 40° and 50° lens options, which easily and securely clip to the front of the fixture to provide a narrower beam angle when required. Barn doors for directing the light output are also available as an optional accessory.
A variety of operational modes make this fixture suitable for use in all kinds of permanent installation and temporary event applications,

lectrosonicsReal estate turns into Reality TV with Lectrosonics
Thursday, 23 June 2022

USA - The hot real estate market in Southern California has spawned an equally hot Netflix TV series, Selling Sunset, now in its fifth season, as well as an upcoming spin-off, Selling the OC.
Audio supervisor Marcos Contreras, CAS, captures sound for these fast and often unpredictable reality shows with the help of his arsenal of Lectrosonics wireless systems, including SMWB and SMDWB miniature wideband bodypack, SMQV belt-pack and Hma plug-on transmitters, as well as SRc portable and DSQD digital receivers.
Selling Sunset is one of the most popular shows on Netflix,” Contreras explains. “The show demands a lot. The wireless must be reliable every time. Lectrosonics is up to the task - no dropouts or interference even over big, open spaces.”
Selling Sunset has a cast of 10, while the upcoming OC show’s cast numbers total 11. The West Hollywood and Newport Beach offices of the Oppenheim Group, the realty agency at the heart of the show, serve as live sets for the shows, and the lavish homes on location are featured prominently as well.
Contreras’ main go-to units are the SMDWB, which are basically a double-battery version of the SMWB. He typically mates them with a Sanken COS-11D omni lavalier mic, but sometimes with a DPA 6060 or 6061. In the LA/OC area he uses the Block 22 frequencies.
Contreras has 18 SRc portable ENG receivers, and in a typical Selling Sunset or Selling the OC shoot he uses six of them in a bag feeding a Sound Devices Scorpio portable mixer-recorder. He de

hayden-james-troygerhardtphoto-2Hayden James gets Lifted with Bandit Lites
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

USA - Australian producer and DJ Hayden James recently wrapped up his North American Lifted tour with a lighting system provided by Bandit Lites.
Production designer David Fairless fashioned a lighting design that stepped out of any typical box with an asymmetrical design that would create large impact in a variety of venue sizes while fitting the desired gear in a 12ft by 6ft trailer that was limited on weight.
“It was a last-minute call to switch to such a tight space and weight restriction but by working with the team at Bandit Lites, we were able to come up with a hugely successful touring package for the limitations we had,” explains Fairless.
“The main element of the design was linear strips of Spectron that are arranged randomly floating throughout the space,” says Fairless. “With a look like this, I was able to play with the height and depth of the design creating interesting lighting and video effects.”
Utilizing the versatility of the Sceptron and controlling them via a Hippo Media Server, Fairless was able to switch between video content and using the strip as a DMX fixture.
“This gave me organic looks when needed, but also sharp and hard hits throughout the set,” he continues.
Bandit Lites also provided JDC strobes, which back lit the floating strips while also suppling additional lighting looks.
“David’s approach and roll with the flow attitude was exceptional was we progressed through the space and weight curveballs. He acted as a true professional throughout the process and I lo

ag01nammbisYamaha AG01 wins Best in Show award
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

USA - Early June saw Yamaha return to the NAMM Show in California, and leave with a Best In Show award for the new AG01 combined condenser microphone and mixer.
Launched in April, the AG01 is a studio-quality USB-C microphone, combined with a high-performance mixer that features DSP effects, loopback functionality and flexible connections for stress-free streaming. Available in black or white, it’s compact enough to be placed on a desk or mounted on a desk arm, is powered via USB or battery pack and can transform almost any environment into a fully-functioning streaming station.
During the NAMM show's first two days, hundreds of products, services and technologies were carefully reviewed by leading industry experts, moderated by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music, Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines. The AG01 was awarded a Best in Show ‘Gotta Stock It’ award, highlighting the innovation of the product and Yamaha’s updated AG Controller software.
Alongside the AG01, the AG series comprises the AG06MK2 and AG03MK2 live streaming mixers and the AG03MK2 LSPK Live Streaming Package. All AG series products are bundled with Steinberg’s Cubase AI music production software and WaveLab Cast for streamed audio production and editing.
“Yamaha has a rich history of providing artists with tools to create music and art while providing solutions to amplify their work,” comments Preston Gray, marketing director of professional audio, Yamaha Corporation of America. “With the new AG01 Microphone, artists and creators can now ensure their work is hea

operation-mincemeat-premiere-2Chauvet lights Operation Mincemeat in Mayfair
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

UK - For the star-studded UK debut of the movie Operation Mincemeat at London’s Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, local production specialist Impact Production Services (IPS) was enlisted to create an elegant red-carpet reception.
In keeping with the storyline of the film, which involves the clever use of limited resources, IPS MD James Mason, along with client Limited Edition Event Design and lighting designer Richard Godin, were able to create grand looks that utilised the full power and performance features of their kit.
“We used 10 Chauvet Professional X4IP active LED panels for this event and they had no problem covering a pretty large area,” says Mason. “Richard Godin, who operated the lighting from a ChamSys MQ80 console with two Art-Net nodes used to distribute data signals to the main lighting areas, did a magnificent job.”
The canopy overhang of the cinema’s 1960s functionalist entrance helped the design team endow the premiere event with a palpable air of excitement They positioned the X4IP panels on the canopy’s ledge in a staggered arrangement so as to give an interesting, expanding visual effect, upon which vibrant video content could be displayed over the facade’s entire length.
With each panel measuring in at 1000mm tall by 500mm wide, the team were able to integrate the rectangular shape of the panels into the overall visual aesthetic of the premiere, displaying moving vertical portraits of the main characters within the film across each individual LED panel. Additional graphic content with the film’s logo gav

bromptonBrompton LED stands out at InfoComm 2022
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

USA - Brompton Technology revealed its latest solutions for video processing during InfoComm 2022. The company showcased its LED processing solutions for live events, broadcast, and virtual production.
During the show, Brompton was also recognised with an InfoComm 2022 Best of Show Award in the AV Technology category for its Tessera v3.3 software. This release introduced new calibration features such as PureTone and Operating Modes, which enable rental companies and studios to have more flexibility and scalability with their stock, and also added support for the ACEScg colour gamut and the ability to display tracking markers for the Mo-Sys StarTracker camera tracking system.
Additionally during InfoComm, Rob Fowler, director of business development at Brompton, addressed AV professionals in a session about how virtual production has affected design trends in LED panels and processing. He was joined by Matthew Ward at Fuse Technical Group; Wayne Romanowski, director of LED Services at 4Wall Entertainment; and Cassidy Pearsall, Applications Engineer at ARRI, Inc. for a lively discussion on potential impacts of virtual production and the industry’s future.
InfoComm 2022 also coincided with the beta release of Brompton’s Tessera v3.4 software, which introduces Extended Bit Depth and Stacking features to further enhance image quality and drive new workflow efficiencies.

boschBosch updates Praesensa software
Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Germany - Bosch has announced a new software release for Praesensa, its IP-based public address and voice alarm system. The new software, v1.50, features an improved user experience and enhanced connectivity, especially for large installations requiring multiple controllers and subsystems, along with more options for system redundancy.
System designers will receive more flexibility designing large system networks with this release. It is now possible to better use and directly assign multiple controllers in large networks with subnets, which is very often indispensable in typical projects like airports or oil/gas industrial applications. Up to 3,000 networked devices and 10,000 audio zones can be managed by a total of up to 20 system controllers, while both master controllers and subsystem controllers can be optionally utilised for controller redundancy.
The seamless EN54-certified networked solution allows high-level priority calls from fireman microphones to any zone or group throughout the entire Praesensa system, optimizing security and fallback options. In case of a connection failure of a subsystem controller to the master controller, the subsystem controllers will continue to operate as an independent, self-sufficient system.
Due to extended options to work with multi-controller systems, Bosch has established a new, future-proof and easy-to-manage licensing system; the user now only needs to acquire one license per subsystem, with no additional hardware purchases required.
The latest software allows the user to activate push-to-talk (P


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