capitalsoundsseCapital Sound joins SSE Audio Group
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - London-based PA rental company Capital Sound Hire has confirmed its acquisition by SSE Audio Group.
The deal follows a period where the two businesses have been aligned through a strategic partnership. Capital Sound will continue to operate as a separate brand, but will be able to access the Group’s resources, including its multi-million pound hire inventory comprising L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik systems and the largest rental stock of digital mixing consoles in the UK. In addition, SSE offers specialist services including manufacturing, which serve the whole group.
Keith Davis, founder and MD of Capital Sound explains: “We approached John Penn at SSE at the beginning of the year to assist us on a project that required a larger pool of equipment, knowing that we could trust SSE not to nick the gig! Through projects like this we were able to access a larger pool of equipment and talent, and we could offer clients options that were unavailable to us on our own. This has worked out so well that, after many conversations, I asked John if they would be interested in purchasing Capital Sound. I’m not getting any younger and I’ve been wondering about the long term future for Capital for some years. After a lot of soul searching, I realised that SSE was the best bet.”
SSE Audio Group MD John Penn explains: “We now have a clear template for joining forces with other leading players in the industry. With Wigwam, we were particularly keen to maintain its distinctive brand, while providing it with backup and support and that

knightsKOI Television shortlist announced
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards 2018 shortlist for Television has been announced.
The category’s judging panel, chaired by lighting designer Stuart Gain and comprising outside broadcast director Stephen Neal, The New Statesman television critic Rachel Cooke, art director Jane Shepherd, and lighting director John O'Brien, has picked the nominees based on their creative work in the sector.
The KOI Awards 2018 Television shortlist is as follows:

Drama, sponsored by Philips Strand Lighting:
Martin Kempton for Upstart Crow
Anna Valdez-Hanks for Endeavour: Quartet
Chris Ramage for Emmerdale

Light Entertainment, sponsored by SLX:
Martin Hawkins for Mrs Brown's Boys
Dave Davey for The Voice Final
Max Conwell, Rob Bradley and Gurdip Mahal for Harry Styles at the BBC

Events, sponsored by Light Initiative:
Nigel Catmur for WW1 Remembered: Passchendaele
Andy Stagles for The MOBO Awards 2017
Mark Kenyon for Nile Rodgers & CHIC Good Times NYE Concert

Small Production, sponsored by Altman Lighting:
Chris Kempton for The Chris Ramsey Show
Andy Stagles for Songs of Praise
David Bishop for The Singing Bee

Video Design and Graphic Display, sponsored by Green Hippo:
Vitor Carvalho for BBC Children in Need Rocks the 80s
Alberta Torres for Michael McIntyre's Big Show s3

astera-and-zactrack-new-products-added-to-ambersphere-solutionsAmbersphere adds two new brands
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Ambersphere Solutions has announced two additions to its product portfolio in Astera and Zactrack.
This brings Ambersphere's range to six UK exclusive offerings, including Ayrton, Claypaky, MA lighting, and Robert Juliat.
Astera manufactures cable-less LED fixtures, including a waterproof, pixel controllable RGBW tube (AX1); the magnetic AX3 (Lightdrop), which can be used as a hanging or free-standing; the AX5 battery uplighter; and the AX7 and AX10 event spotlights. Ambersphere now carries the whole range, as well as a wide stock of spares and accessories.
Zactrack is a motion tracking system, which can operate standalone but is designed to integrate with any lighting system. Ambersphere has a full demo system set up in their West London showroom.

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let-representatives-presentation-of-cheque-to-clarie-middletonRose Bruford and LET announce degree pathway
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance and the Lighting Education Trust (LET) have announced a partnership to develop a new undergraduate lighting design degree pathway in Space and Architecture.
The proposed pathway is a development of the college’s existing BA (Hons) Lighting Design programme and is a study route for those wishing to make architectural lighting design a career.
Starting in September, the pathway will be available for four BA (Hons) Lighting Design Students per year. The £30,000 three-year package of support from LET will include staff and teaching resources as well as industry placement opportunities.
Nick Hunt, Rose Bruford College Head of School for Design, Management and Technical Arts, comments: “We are delighted to be working with the Lighting Education Trust to develop this new undergraduate pathway. We have had an ambition to create this unique degree for some time, so we are extremely pleased that our partnership with the LET will enable it to become a reality. Working together we will be able to meet industry’s need for creative specialists in architectural lighting and provide great opportunities for students to go into a vibrant and expanding field.”
Bob Venning, chair of the LET Management Committee, adds: “The Lighting Education Trust is delighted to support the production of the new course and we look forward to many years of close collaboration with Rose Bruford College with the aim of promoting lighting education in the United Kingdom.”
(Jim Evans)

britsL-ISA experiment pays off for Classic Brits
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - If you’re going to amplify performance in a British bastion of classical music, who wouldn’t want to do so with a system that enables the sound engineer to place instruments in their correct positions relative to all the listeners? This was the option offered by Britannia Row when the subject of the rejuvenated Classical Brits came up.
“It came about because we were keen to try the L-Acoustic L-ISA system,” says Colin Pink, head of live sound for the Brits. “The Royal Albert Hall were also keen to hear it. Initially, myself and Brit Row MD Bryan Grant went to L-Acoustics’ place in Highgate to hear a demonstration of the system. We suggested to them this could be a good introduction for all concerned - a win-win situation.”
This was to be no small undertaking as a completely different approach to rigging a system was required – instead of a L/R stereo deployment, the multiple loudspeaker hangs would be right across the top of the performance platform. “It worked very well and scheduling was on our side,” adds Pink. “Angus and Julia Stone were due to perform on the Sunday before the Classic Brits and as a Brit Row client this meant we were able to pre-rig the L-ISA system and have a good work-out with it.
“It could have been tricky otherwise, Classic Brits leaves little room or time for experimentation, the load-in is Monday with PA normally going in first, but you can’t do a lot with it until everything else is in and up, which could be all day; then rehearsals all day Tuesday, and show on Wednesday. It was Lez Dwight

foo-fightersFoo Fighters and Stageco at London Stadium
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Foo Fighters shook the 80,000-capacity London Stadium to its core on two consecutive nights, as they performed on a Stageco stage on their latest tour, Concrete & Gold.
Essentially treated as a one-off for Stageco, the band played under a regular Super Roof, the company’s second largest after its voluminous XXL model, which was constructed within three days by a team headed by David Van Assche, who held the same position last summer on tours by Jeff Lynne’s ELO and Guns N’Roses. “This roof came from another one-off in Hamburg,” says Van Assche. “On a tour, we could take half a day off of the build time, but one-off shows like this don’t carry the same momentum.”
The equipment arrived at the former London Olympics venue in Stratford in 17 trucks. 12 Stageco crew set to work on the build with assistance from 15 local crew climbers and 15 hands. The roof was lifted using the latest generation, computer-controlled winch devices. Van Assche adds: “It was a heavy build for us, however, after Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s shows at this stadium, Antonio Duarte Da Cruz’s team had a two-day break and so they helped us out which meant that at one point we had 20 people working on this.”
Although it may have appeared to be a standard festival roof to the casual onlooker, it was reinforced to be stronger than usual in order to offer a weight capacity of 40 tonnes of production, including PRG’s lights and upstage WinVision screen, which was configured within a flown diamond-shaped frame. Measuring 25m wide between its towers and

new-staff-press-releasseDuo joins Ambersphere
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Ambersphere Solutions has announced that David Martin and Ian Green have joined the company as key account managers.
David Martin joins with almost 30 years of industry experience, having worked as an electrician at London Studios and as a key account manager at Martin Professional and most recently at Elation Professional. He will focus on the UK Film & Broadcast markets providing a knowledgeable contact for the gaffers, designers and rental partners for the Ambersphere range of products.
Ian Green spent 10 years in theatre, first qualifying as an electrician and then progressing to chief technician, before he made his move into business development. During the next 11 years Ian used his experience at Stage Electrics in a regional role and more recently in a national role at GDS. Green will be based in Glasgow and will focus on the northern UK region.
Ambersphere MD Glyn O’Donoghue comments: “Our business is only as strong as the team behind it and I am so pleased that David and Ian join us at this exciting time for Ambersphere. We recently started to work with two new supply partners; Astera and Zactrack, and David and Ian are going to help us ensure that we can continue to deliver on our commitment to quality service and support.”

oathOath's showcase shines with Philips Vari-Lite
Friday, 20 July 2018

USA - Signify reports that its Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spot luminaires were used to provide illumination and effects for a large-scale immersive show for digital media company Oath, staged by the Hudson River in New York City. A subsidiary of Verizon, Oath reaches over 1 billion people through its digital brands, including AOL, Yahoo, Tumblr and HuffPost.
Produced by FIRST as part of the NewFronts digital media showcase, Oath's show featured content ranging from musical acts to theatrical style performances. Lighting designer Barrett Hall of design consultancy Magic Hour East says: "I needed to choose a lighting fixture with great light output, because the event began during daylight hours and would transition through sunset on Manhattan's West Side, and on into the night."
He adds: "I was able to get light exactly where we needed it, without worrying about not having enough foot-candles to keep the cameras happy. Also, the framing shutters were very helpful in creating tightly-lit areas, as we were often times using them as key lights on 360° performance platforms, with audience and cameras on all sides."
Supplied by WorldStage Inc, the Philips Vari-Lite VL4000 Spots were mounted on 14 high towers, providing lighting effects over a wide area. Hall, who worked closely with project manager J. Wiese and lighting programmer Eric Christian on the show, says: "With two main performance stages, plus half a dozen satellite platforms, the fixtures had to be versatile in providing key light, back light, and cross light, as well as the overall visual landsc

modanso-entertainment2Modanso Entertainment chooses Elation Lighting
Friday, 20 July 2018

South Africa - In order to keep up with increasing demand, Modanso Entertainment of Johannesburg has invested in 42 new lighting fixtures from Elation Professional. The purchase includes 24 DARTZ 360 beam/spot LED moving heads, as well as 12 Platinum HFX hybrid moving heads and six Platinum 1200 Wash LED moving heads supplied by local distributor The Production Warehouse.
"Moving the company forward and the need to meet international rider requirements at an affordable rate to the client, Elation was the best investment for Modanso Entertainment,” says Patrick Paledi, owner of Modanso Entertainment. “The efficient, powerful and easy-to-use Elation lighting was always our choice for stage lighting but was never available in South Africa until two years ago. We couldn’t be happier with our investment in Elation and the after-sales support from Production Warehouse."
Modanso Entertainment is one of the leading technical suppliers in Johannesburg and offers turnkey solutions for AV requirements, catering for lighting, rigging, video, audio and more.
"The Platinum 1200s are just beasts," adds Lucky Lewele, head of lighting at Modanso. "The DARTZ are crazy, their infinite pan and tilt is handy for effects and the unit is very light in weight yet powerful." Marnus Nieuwoudt, director at The Production Warehouse, added, "I'd like to thank Patrick and the Modanso crew for their continued support. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for Elation and Modanso."
(Jim Evans)

anolis-rhyl-clocktower-rhy242210245-by-louise-sticklandAnolis LED lights Rhyl waterfront
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Anolis LED luminaires have been specified to bring colour, brightness and additional vibrancy to the Welsh seaside resort of Rhyl. They are used to light key landmarks in the town including the 76m high Sky Tower which is prominent on the seafront skyline.
Additional lighting installations currently include the front façade and the fly tower of the Pavilion Theatre, the clock tower, seafront waterfall and new sea wall viewing shelters.
Andy Hughes, technical manager of the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre, specified the Anolis fixtures in conjunction with Anolis UK technical sales specialist Simon Gooding. Andy works as a lighting consultant and advisor for Denbighshire County Council on their extensive ongoing waterfront urban regeneration project for Rhyl. He is also co-ordinating and making sure the various lighting schemes are installed smoothly.
Andy chose Anolis because of the “excellent build quality, clever engineering the smooth colour mixing and because we wanted to use premium products that we knew would last” as well as for the “great service from Anolis UK”.
(Jim Evans)

btsholidaycardsBehind the Scenes releases 2018 holiday cards
Friday, 20 July 2018

USA - Entertainment technology industry charity Behind the Scenes has announced its new holiday and note cards are now on sale on the charity’s website.
Three card ordering options are offered - personalised cards with a company logo and custom message, card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, and e-cards. Orders will be taken until 4 October to arrive by late November.
Seven evocative designs are featured this year. Perennial favourites Andrew Hefter and Robert Mendoza are back while Mount Vernon Senior High School is represented by Madelyn Plough. New contributors are Vicki Davis, Jocelyn Joyah Henry of Scenic Art Studios, Vicki Pui and Anastasia Vasilakis.
Richard W. Prouse from Scenic Art Studios has designed a new note card.
All proceeds benefit the Behind the Scenes charity which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured.
(Jim Evans)

diplo-nyc-run3Mavericks pump up Diplo show at Nike race
Friday, 20 July 2018

USA - Participants in this year’s Nike GO NYC 5K got an adrenalin-boosting dosage of both, as DJ Diplo was there at the Basketball City/Pier 36 finish line to entertain with his mix of dance music. Adding some perky visual zest to the performance was a colourful fast-moving lightshow featuring 20 Chauvet Professional Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures, supplied by 4Wall Entertainment.
Designed by Ben Danielowski and Tanner Simpson of Boum Creative, the show relied on the Pyxis fixtures for a varied mix of eye candy and to create a dramatic ballyhoo moment when Diplo walked on stage. “When everyone finished the 5K they came into Basketball City, all sweaty and looking like they just ran five kilometers,” says Danielowski. “We had a warm-up DJ on stage and things were kind of mellow. Then when Diplo dropped the beat, our programmer Devin dropped the lights to black and waited for the right moment to blast the light. I can tell you that the Pyxis is a very bright fixture.”
The stage for the Diplo show measured 32’ x 24’ with risers in back for scenic elements. Danielowski and Simpson positioned six Maverick MK Pyxis fixtures stage left and an equal number stage right, with an additional six arranged across the upstage deck. The 60W RGBW LED fixtures were also positioned on risers to each side of the DJ stand.
“We ran the Pyxis fixtures in Basic Dual mode with no pixel mapping, as this was our first time using them, and we didn't really have time to get in and take full advantage of the fixture,” adds Danielowski. “We played with the zoom,

manhattancenterstudio7lawomc256sMixCon visitors experience Lawo’s mc²56
Friday, 20 July 2018

USA - Lawo will participate as a sponsor for this year’s MixCon in New York, taking place on 21-22 July. The annual MixCon two-day event is dedicated entirely to mixing music and sound and takes place at the Manhattan Centre’s Grand Ballroom.
The event will feature six workshops plus Q&A’s focused on mixing different musical styles where attendees will get mixing tips, techniques and advice from some of the top pros in music production.
In addition to the popular workshops, MixCon offers excursions around the Manhattan Centre, including the renowned Studio 7 which is widely acclaimed for having the “best natural acoustics in the world”.
At the heart of Studio 7’s capabilities is an 80-fader Lawo mc²56 audio production console. Many of the most popular broadcast entertainment and sports shows, global events, and premier classical music performing and recording venues around the world are equipped with Lawo’s mc² audio production consoles.
MixCon is a free educational event for musicians and aspiring producers/mixing engineers. Its goal is to advise them on the art of mixing, the science it's based upon, and the techniques top engineers employ to shape the sounds in the directions they envision, and to make them coexist in a balanced fashion.
(Jim Evans)

lgpenaltyLED Creative on the penalty spot
Friday, 20 July 2018

UK - Illumination rental and installation specialists LED Creative supported Trojan Media on a recent football-themed campaign for LG, featuring French World Cup winning goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Filmed on the sound stage at Backstage Centre in Purfleet, the sequence featured the goalkeeper saving an onslaught of mechanised penalties against a goal area mapped out in bright LED.
Working alongside production designer Zoe Koperski, LED Creative provided their Alpha 60 flex for the project, the stark contrast between the crisp, bright LED against the dark background creating a fantastically futuristic Tron-like feel.
Commenting on working with LED Creative, Koperski says: “Tim was a joy to work with and brought exactly what I asked for to life and he was very helpful with advice around the restrictions (even launching footballs at them at high speed!) he worked well with the carpentry team to get a great finish. The LEDs looked beautiful and I'd love to use LED Creative again.”
Project manager Tim Rees adds, “Zoe and the crew created an incredibly stylish looking production. Our Alpha 60 was perfect for the crisp lines that framed the set; perfect against the dark background. We’re delighted to have played a part in building the look for the shoot.”
(Jim Evans)

downloadDownload’s French adventure thrives with Stageco
Thursday, 19 July 2018

France - In its third successful year in France, the Download festival served as solid evidence that rock’n’roll is as alive and relevant as it was in 1980, when its direct predecessor – Monsters Of Rock – forced itself on the unsuspecting English market town of Castle Donington.
Launched in 2003 to showcase the best in rock, metal and hardcore, Download expanded in 2016 with Live Nation’s introduction of Download Paris, and Stageco France – as the provider of all five stages – has played a major role in the festival’s production since it began.
In fact, as long as Igor Dawidowicz steers the ship as production manager, Stageco appears to have a job for life. He comments: “Involving Stageco was a very easy decision. Who else could do it? We know a lot of staging companies, but I can’t imagine giving this responsibility to anyone but Stageco – they are the most professional and reliable provider, and their engineering processes are very rigorous.
“When you hire Stageco, you feel safe and can trust that everything will happen precisely how you want it, and you leave them to the job so that you can worry about other aspects of the production. It’s safe to say that even if this festival had as many as 10 stages, I would want Stageco to build them all.”
Previously hosted at the Hippodrome de Longchamp racecourse, the festival moved last year to a former French Air Force Base at Brétigny-sur-Orge, 17 miles south of the capital, where the 2018 line-up of more than 70 acts included Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Foo Fighte

bst-hyde-park-5Mega Optocore network created for Us+Them
Thursday, 19 July 2018

UK - As the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival in London’s Hyde Park has continued to grow organically since its inception in 2013, so sound production company, Capital Sound, has deployed an increasing number of its Optocore converters to provide digital signal transmission over optical fibre across the vast site.
But nothing quite prepared them for the opening day this year when Roger Waters brought his Us + Them tour to the UK for the first time, having already taken his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels at Desert Trip in 2016, with the biggest surround sound system ever built.
To create maximum impact at Hyde Park, Capital were asked to provide an additional 12 loudspeaker hangs on towers positioned through the concourse for one night only, and this 12-point surround sound set-up, designed to give the audience a truly immersive experience, required Capital Sound’s Robin Conway to design a new Optocore multi-node system based around 21 x X6R-FX-8AE/8MI interfaces and an Optocore DD32R-FX at FOH to accommodate an AES signal distribution.
Capital deployed all their own Optocore interfaces with Gilles Bouvard’s GB4D in France supplying additional surround sound units - linked by 24 lengths of multimode fibre across 1km of the site to create the loop - and the DD32R-FX AES interface.
Capital project manager, Robin Conway explains: “I wanted to run the show AES. The feeds onto the network were all AES and the system was clocked from the Dante network. Everything this year was digital and syn

placeboPlacebo rock festivals with Avolites Arena
Thursday, 19 July 2018

Europe - Placebo's epic new show is touring European festivals with a revamped rock 'n' roll lighting design by Will Kinnaird, who is armed with an Avolites Arena running Titan V11.
"My lighting brief was 'big rock 'n' roll', so that's what we're delivering," says Kinnaird, from WK Design. "We're playing various festivals across Europe, all of which obviously have very different house rigs ranging from 40 to 240 fixtures. Therefore, I needed a festival-ready console with live control acreage. The Avolites Arena is a big, powerful console with two touch screens and lots of faders.”
Placebo's performances took them to major events including London's Meltdown; Medimex in Taranto, Italy; and Kiev's Atlas Weekend.
Kinnaird used his own Avolites Titan Mobile and Wing to run Multi User Backup during the shows and for pre-programming off-site, mainly when he was flying to the next gig and in need of a smaller desk.
"I love that with Titan it's so easy to transfer a show from one console to another," he continues. "I programmed the base show in rehearsals on Capture, which is the perfect accompaniment to Titan. The integration of Capture into the desk is a really nice feature - you can simply import the show from the desktop version into the consoles which saves you from flying an extra PC with the software on. It's so nice to just rock up to a show and be ready to go in about two hours."
To help him create the prodigious rock effects, Kinnaird used a host of Titan V11's features, including Key Frame Shapes.
"This is possibly the most ben

gc2018-opening-ceremony-08Modulo Kinetic on track at Gold Coast Games
Thursday, 19 July 2018

Australia - For the opening and closing ceremonies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, The Electric Canvas, an award-winning Australian company specialising in large-scale projections, managed the AV projection via Modulo Pi’s high-end media server Modulo Kinetic.
The 21st Commonwealth Games took place in April at the Carrara stadium in Queensland. Produced by Jack Morton Worldwide, the opening and closing ceremonies were spectacular shows with 4,000 volunteer performers. Combining theatre, dance, and music, the shows were created to reflect the Gold Coast culture, embodying its spirit and its energy.
After winning the tender, The Electric Canvas prepared the event over six months. To achieve such a large-scale video projection in the stadium, they chose 20 x Christie Boxer projectors, as well as Modulo Kinetic, a powerful media server with advanced features from Modulo Pi.
Peter Milne, director of The Electric Canvas, explains: “I’ve been involved with Yannick Kohn - founder of Modulo Pi - and his technology for nearly 20 years now. When he launched Modulo Pi in 2010, we were very keen on adopting his latest system, Modulo Player.”
Recognised internationally as a leader in large-scale and architectural projections, The Electric Canvas has relied on Modulo Player for several years now: “We use Modulo Player on many projects because we really like the X-map among other features.”
Working closely with the content producer, The Electric Canvas designed the projection overlay which determined how to cover the field of pla

cmat-kent-coursesNew Kent centre responds to industry needs
Thursday, 19 July 2018

UK - The University of Kent has launched a new Centre for Music and Audio Technology (CMAT) to equip students with the range of skills necessary for a career in the music industry.
Launched on 12 July and based on Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, CMAT has been designed to meet the industry’s needs in three key areas: music performance, music technology and music business.
Its undergraduate courses will offer students the opportunity to make full use of state-of-the-art facilities, including an impressive array of recording and mixing desks, recording studios and sound-proofed practice rooms.
Equipment at CMAT includes: New Neve Genesys Black G48 Recording Console with 5.1 Genelec monitors; SSL Matrix Console; Foley Recording Studio; Flexible Surround Sound Studio; Workstation rooms featuring iMacs and industry-standard audio software; Music practice rooms; Full range of performance spaces.
CMAT builds on a long tradition of music education and music making at Kent. It will also form a key part of the University’s growing emphasis on the creative and cultural industries.
The launch event, which took place at the Royal Dockyard Church was attended by University staff and representatives from Medway Council.
The new degrees currently recruiting at CMAT are: BA (Hons) Music Business and Production, BA (Hons) Music, Performance and Production’ and BSc (Hons) Music Technology and Audio Production.
(Jim Evans)

simplythree1Chauvet captures Diverse Moods of Simply Three
Thursday, 19 July 2018

USA - Classical music gets a new twist with Simply Three, a trio that has been redefining the stringed sound. As comfortable playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are Adele and Coldplay, the genre-hopping group has been captivating worldwide audiences with its original take on classical and popular music.
In early March, the innovative trio performed at Arizona’s Mesa Centre, their diverse mix of music supported by an equally nimble and colourful lightshow designed by Erik Parker of Chris Lisle Design that used 46 Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Creative Backstage.
Parker’s rig was anchored by a total of 12 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures, 34 Rogue R2 Wash units and eight STRIKE 4 multi formatted lights. These, along with a collection of beam fixtures, were flown on an X-shaped truss configuration over the middle of the stage and a diagonal truss unit on either side. This arrangement allowed light to be focused on each performer individually, as well as on the entire trio.
“I was impressed with the versatile looks Erik was able to get directly on the stage out of the X-shaped configuration,” comments John Garberson of Creative Backstage, who provided technical assistance for the concert. “He could go from putting a soft wash on an individual performer to making the whole stage glow with colour, all pretty seamlessly.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoDigital Insanity turns to Green Hippo
Thursday, 19 July 2018

UK - When it opened in 2017, Printworks London made clear its commitment to host world-class electronic music events, with a central part of that promise revolving around delivering supreme lighting, sound and video systems.
Testament to this vow is demonstrated by the kit list in the venue’s new 3000-capacity live room. With audio gear comprising an extensive d&b audiotechnik J and V-Series system, quality sound delivery is assured. And when it comes to the visual system, Printworks London speed-dialled the UK creative Digital Insanity.
With a portfolio bulging with examples of triumphant creative partnerships with dance events and nights – including the United Kingdom’s biggest weekenders and its globally-recognised superclubs – Digital Insanity was well placed to craft a visual set up worthy of Printworks London and, most importantly, its vast flock of electronic music worshippers.
Digital Insanity immediately allocated controlling responsibilities to a Hippotizer Karst Media Server, complete with the latest version of Hippotizer software. The Printworks control system also counts midi controls and a custom OSC (Open Sound Control) specified by Digital Insanity.
The Hippotizer Karst controls 17 strips of LED down each side of the room, plus a further eight strips contained in lighting pods. The pods are contained in the venue’s signature Kinesys moving rig technology. New LED panels in the electronic space, running content created by Digital Insanity, add more visual wonder to this space.
(Jim Evans)

nexoRiverlife Church benefits from Nexo installation
Thursday, 19 July 2018

Singapore - Riverlife Church in Singapore has grown from its seed congregation of less than 200 in 1991 to the 3,000+ gatherings today. However, it is the presence of audio consultant and local resident, the Grammy-nominated recording engineer and percussionist Jerry Chua, that has inspired Riverlife to take the production technology in its Sanctuary to the very highest level.
Following the installation of a Yamaha PM10 digital console, Riverlife has now added Nexo’s new Geo M10 mid-size line array, giving Chua his dream FOH system with a stereo mix to replace the distributed system that was there before.
Jerry Chua is instrumental in the choice and implementation of the AV systems at the church, where live music plays a central role. After attending an outdoor concert at Republic Polytechnic, where the Geo M10 made its Asian debut, he asked Yamaha Music Singapore to set up a demo at Riverlife.
“Nothing came close to the Geo M10 in terms of power, coverage and indeed price:performance. The M10s are punchy, yet provide this altogether sweeter tone,” comments Chua. Selection of the M10 was unanimous, and local systems integrators A-Tech installed the system according to simulations made with Nexo’s NS-1 modelling software.
The L-R hangs each carry eight M10 modules, the last of which is a down-fill version to provide coverage for the seats closest to the stage. Four LS18 subs are fitted in a central hang, and a pair of ID24 point-source cabinets provide front-fill. The system is powered by just two amplifiers, a Nexo NXAMP4x4 and a NXAMP


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