gottellier-croppedUnusual's Alan Jacobi 'honoured' by Gottelier Award win
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Alan Jacobi of Unusual Rigging was honoured with the 2018 Gottelier Award at the PLASA Show. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Voted for by his industry peers, Jacobi was this year's recipient, having worked rigorously to raise the profile and professionalism of the rigging industry and having long recognised the need for training and education in the sector. He has been a driving force behind the NRC accreditation scheme since the beginning in 2005, and Unusual Rigging is an Assessment Centre for the NRC.
Jacobi comments: "I am so very honoured, not just to be this year's recipient of the Gottelier Award, but to know how much support I have from industry peers, friends and colleagues. They not only voted me the winner of this year's award, but have been a source of support over the years as we strive to give riggers the credit and professional respect they deserve."
He continues: "We have just made a giant step forward, having just this month won the case for having a CSCS card for members of the rigging industry to access construction sites and carry out the work they need to do. The Gottelier Award by no means signals that my work on this issue is done – there's still lots left to do and I look forward to the challenge."
(LSi Online)

clairbrossvcargentinagroupSVC appointed Clair Brothers distributor for Argentina
Friday, 21 September 2018

Argentina - Sistemas de Video Comunicación S.A. (SVC) has been appointed sole distributor for Clair Brothers in Argentina.
The SVC team was introduced to Clair Brothers by Fabian Giordano, owner of Giordano Sonido, a Clair Brothers rental partner in the same region.
Ricardo Pegnotti, director at SVC, explains: “In April of 2018, Fabian organised a visit with us to Clair Brothers headquarters in Manheim, Pennsylvania. This was such a big opportunity for us to join forces with one of the most iconic brands in live sound. I can’t thank Fabian enough for this opportunity.”
SVC sells and distributes the Clair Brothers C-Series, the kiTCurve12 of the kiT Series, as well as a full range of Clair Brothers products including the popular 1AM and 1.5AM stage monitors, the conveniently stackable S2 PA System, iS218 subwoofers, coaxial cabinets that include the 5CX and 8CX, the new award-winning 10SPOT, plus full-range FF2 front fill boxes, and Clair Brothers/Lab.gruppen amplifiers with on-board Lake processing and Dante digital audio networking.
“We’ve represented Avid for more than 20 years in our territory. The AVID Venue live sound console is one of our key products. This puts us in a unique position because we consider these mixing consoles, paired with the signature Clair Brothers sound, the perfect combination and solution for any customer involved in the entertainment industry,” says Pegnotti.
SVC has begun its distribution of Clair Brothers gear in Argentina and plans, in the near future, to expand into the countries where they

waves-frontAllen & Heath adds Waves card for SQ
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Allen & Heath has expanded its range of networking cards with the addition of a Waves SoundGrid option. The SQ Waves card provides any SQ mixer with a 64x64 96kHz or 48kHz interface to a Waves SoundGrid network using the I/O port.
Engineers can now fit the Waves card to any SQ mixer for Waves plugin processing, multitrack recording (at 96kHz or 48kHz), virtual soundcheck and audio distribution applications.
Waves SoundGrid is an Audio-over-Ethernet protocol developed by Waves for real-time professional audio applications. The card also enables the use of existing Waves plugins at a very low latency, using standard Gigabit Ethernet networks rather than a USB connection.
“Waves SoundGrid has been a very popular option among our dLive users, with many systems on tour deploying a Waves card on recording duties,” comments Allen & Heath’s Head of Product, Nicola Beretta. “Since the launch of SQ we’ve received requests for the same technology to be made available here and following the release of our Dante and SLink cards, we’re very happy to tick another box in the list of protocols and standards SQ supports.”
(Jim Evans)

jc-joelJ&C Joel launches Setting the Stage Fund
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - At PLASA 2018, J&C Joel launched a new grant scheme with the Theatres Trust, the company’s chosen charity for the year.
The Setting the Stage Fund will provide up to £10,000 of in-kind support to one UK-based not-for-profit theatre. The support will be offered in the form of J&C Joel’s products and services which can include but isn’t limited to front of house drapery, masking and black out drapery, tracks and servicing of stage engineering equipment.
J&C Joel CEO, James Wheelwright, comments: “Theatrical drapery and stage engineering are at the heart of what we do at J&C Joel. We are extremely proud to be able to work with the Theatres Trust to give something back to the industry which has been the key to our success. We hope the Setting the Stage Fund will make a real difference to a theatre in need whilst also benefitting the community it serves.”
Jon Morgan, director at Theatres Trust, adds: “Being chosen as J&C Joel’s charity of the year means that the Theatres Trust will be able to support even more theatres to thrive. And we are delighted to be working with them on the Setting the Stage Fund, providing our expertise to find a deserving theatre for this generous support.”
Theatres will be able to apply by downloading an application form from the Theatres Trust website. The deadline for entries will be Friday, 30 November, with the shortlist announced in January. The shortlisted venues will then be visited by a panel of judges from J&C Joel and the Theatres Trust and the successful applicant w

avo-wAvolites Synergy wins PLASA Award for Innovation
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Avolites’ video and lighting control integration system Synergy has won a coveted PLASA Awards for Innovation.
Picked by an expert panel of judges, Synergy stood out because it “opens up the creative opportunities for visual effects on stage as well as providing time-saving opportunities in production workflow.”
Koy Neminathan, Avolites sales director, says: “We’re all thrilled that Synergy has won a PLASA Innovation Award. Synergy is the product of years of experience and innovation as we continue to push forward what’s possible for total visual creative control. To have this recognised by the judges is a testament to the forward-thinking attitude at Avolites and the hard work we put in to achieving our vision of the future - which is empowering our users to achieve even more incredible things.”
Synergy was launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound and quickly gained acclaim for being a simple and functional solution that enables users to connect and configure Ai media server from the Titan interface.
Stephen Baird-Smith, Avolites sales manager, adds: “Developing the integration of two very different platforms is a formidable challenge, but one which makes so much sense for our industry. Our goal is to create a platform which is creative enough to ‘speak’ to the artists who are creating content, or lighting the shows or scenery, yet is technically adept enough to be able to deliver all of the detail and precision that is required on shows.”
The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration

brompton-tech-track-imageBrompton Technology achieves Tech Track ranking
Friday, 21 September 2018

UK - Brompton Technology has been featured by The Sunday Times in its 18th annual league table of the top one hundred private technology, media and telecoms companies in terms of fastest growing sales over the past three years.
The Tech Track 100 is compiled by Fast Track, and Brompton was one of 13 high-tech manufacturing companies to feature, with two others also doing business in the live event industry. This achievement by Brompton Technology further consolidates its position as a major player in its sector, for which it develops high quality LED video processing systems.
Managing director Richard Mead comments: “It is always nice to have your achievements acknowledged, and everyone at Brompton Technology should be delighted with this national recognition. We have prided ourselves on excellence in both customer service and product innovation. This league ranking is based on sales results prior to August 2017, and we subsequently went on to launch our hugely successful SX40 4K processor and XD data distribution system. Both of these new products are consistently selling out and being used in high profile projects worldwide.”
The 2018 Tech Track 100 was published in the Business section of The Sunday Times on 9th September 2018. It uses the London Stock Exchange’s (LSE) techMARK definition of a technology company as one that shows a ‘commitment to innovation, research and product development’ and operates in sectors including software, internet, telecoms and biotech.
(Jim Evans)

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SYNERGY 5 PROFILE by DTS – as seen at PLASA 2018 – offers all the advantages of the application of LED technology to the entertainment. SYNERGY 5 PROFILE’s main feature is the unmatched quality of the emitted light: CRI >90, with R9 (red) >80, for a realistic reproduction of colors and perfect skin tones.
jazzopenfestival-2Outline Newton at heart of Jazz Open Festival
Friday, 21 September 2018

Germany - Michael Häck, a respected freelance German system technician, discovered this summer the numerous advantages offered by Outline’s new processor, the Newton.
One of Häck’s recent projects included the Jazz Open Festival in Stuttgart, this year celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is one of the largest jazz festivals in Europe, taking place in five locations throughout the city, entertaining around 45,000 people and its diverse bill this year included Gregory Porter, Jamie Callum, Jamiroquai, Joss Stone, Lenny Kravitz, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pat Metheny, The Stanley Clarke Band and dozens more international artists.
Häck was responsible for two of the performance spaces, the Altes Schloss with an audience capacity of around 1,000 and the festival’s main stage, the Schlossplatz in the centre of the city which can accommodate 6,500.
He takes up the story: “I first became aware of Newton when I met Fernando (Rey Mendez, Outline’s Newton product specialist) at ISE 2018 when he introduced me to the unit and we discussed possible SMAART integration. We met again at prolight&sound in Frankfurt earlier this year and talked seriously about how Newton might be useful for us at Jazz Open - I believe that the only way to test something like this properly is to use it in real life, because only that way can you get a feel for what it really sounds like with a serious PA, how the workflow operates and how well it integrates with the rest of the system.
“The sound systems for my stages were both L-Acoustics, provided by Session Pro.

petco-parktrevor-hoffman-spotlightArtiste Picasso spotlights Trevor Hoffman induction
Friday, 21 September 2018

USA - On 29 July, San Diego Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman was inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame as one of the most dominant closers of all time. The celebration continued a few weeks later at the Padres’ home field, Petco Park, when the star pitcher was honoured after a game with a pitcher’s mound spotlight courtesy of the Padres, Meeting Service. and Elation Artiste Picasso LED moving heads.
Meeting Services (MSI) handled the AV work at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Trevor Hoffman in Cooperstown, New York, and then returned to San Diego for the special event celebrating Hoffman’s return to San Diego, part of a four-day long celebration at Petco Park that also included the unveiling of a Trevor Hoffman statue.
Lighting designer Leonard Delgado and the team at MSI were contracted to spotlight the famed pitcher for a final 10-second solo spot salute from the pitcher’s mound in which every light in the park would be off. “They initially wanted me to use two user-operated followspots on him to pick him up on the pitcher’s mound,” Delgado explains, “but for many reasons I wanted to use Elation Artiste Picassos instead. The followspots would have blocked sight lines and in the back of my mind I knew the Artiste Picasso had the power to do it even though I was told that with a throw of 350 feet I was pushing the limits of the fixture. But I really wanted to see what the fixture could do.”
Delgado’s challenge was to avoid blocking sight lines while keeping cabling to a minimum. His solution was to mount the

vegas-wUNLV enhances Hospitality Hall with Harman
Friday, 21 September 2018

USA - University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) recently outfitted its new Hospitality Hall with complete sound reinforcement systems by Harman Professional Solutions.
Located less than two miles away from the Las Vegas strip, UNLV is a premier research-level university that provides higher learning to 30,000 students across 350 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality offers a world-renowned degree in hospitality management that annually ranks among the top hospitality programmes in the nation. Its proximity to the Las Vegas strip has enabled the school to partner with leading hospitality brands to facilitate valuable internships and unique learning opportunities for students.
UNLV recently opened Hospitality Hall, a new $50m building on campus, to provide hospitality students with a world-class learning facility. Hospitality Hall contains offices, meeting rooms, classrooms, an executive learning kitchen, an interactive learning studio, an auditorium and more. In order to ensure premium audio quality during lectures, learning activities and student presentations, the UNLV technical department outfitted 17 classrooms, meeting rooms and learning labs with JBL Professional speakers and Crown amplification.
“We’ve been blown away by the amount of positive feedback we’ve received about the Harman audio systems in the new Hospitality Hall building,” says Frank D. Alaimo, AV systems specialist, University of Nevada Las Vegas. “We’ve been relying on JBL speakers and Crown amps in other buildings o

ianmoss1John Matkovic sets stage for Ian Moss with Chauvet
Friday, 21 September 2018

Australia - John Matkovic’s lighting design for a recent concert by Australian rock legend Ian Moss at the Griffith Regional Theatre relied on subtle colour washes to support the artist on stage.
This is not to suggest that his show was bereft of texture and colour. Far from it; utilising a collection of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures supplied by Showtools International, Matkovic employed a combination of background beams, washes, gobos and out of focus prisms along with some haze to reflect the moods of the music in a subtle, but powerful fashion.
Matkovic deployed eight Rogue R1 Spot fixtures, four evenly spaced on his most upstage bar and four on his most downstage bar. The four upstage fixtures were tilted at a 45-degree angle to emphasize their beams and gobos when backlighting the artist. The four downstage units were called upon to wash the stage backdrop. Additionally, he had Rogue R2 Wash fixtures flown in mid-stage and upstage positions for down lighting and back lighting.
“There was a large backdrop with Ian’s name and the title of his current album release,” says Matkovic. “I didn’t want to wash in open white since it was so large on stage, and it had to complement what I was doing lighting Ian. I had four of my R1 Spots to cover the backdrop with single and dual coloured prisms and blew it out of focus to the larger side.
“This allowed me to cover the backdrop without any hard edges and it gave me great colour saturation. The colour intensity was actually too bright for this type of show, so I ran the R1 Spots

jo-mulders-websafeJo Mulders of ADJ passes
Thursday, 20 September 2018

The Netherlands - The ADJ Group has announced ‘the sudden passing’ of Jo Mulders (61) on 17 September.
Described as an ‘esteemed and beloved colleague’, Mulders worked for the company for over 15 years, most recently as a general manager at ADJ Group’s European headquarters in Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
Toby Velazquez, ADJ Group president, comments: “On behalf of everyone at the ADJ Group, we are stunned and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jo Mulders and send our sincerest condolences to his family. Those of us that had the privilege and honour to know and work with Jo have lost an inspiring friend. Jo was a warm, infectiously positive person who really cared for others and his absence will be felt with great sorrow. Jo was always sympathetic and team-oriented, valued for his know-how and drive, and was essential in helping to lift the company over the past 15 years. He will be sorely missed as both a friend and colleague.”
Mulders grew up in The Netherlands and lived in Landgraaf. He is survived by his wife, two children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, 22 September, at 12pm at Heilige Jozef parish church in Kerkrade.
(Jim Evans)

rycote-wVitec Group acquires Rycote
Thursday, 20 September 2018

UK - Microphone windshields and suspension systems manufacturer Rycote has been acquired by The Vitec Group.
The acquisition will enable Vitec, a camera supports maker and distributor, to bring complementary audio products to its customers whilst growing the Rycote brand, which will become part of the Creative Solutions division. Rycote MD Simon Davies will remain with the company.
Davies comments: “We are thrilled to become part of the Vitec Group and I’m really excited and confident that we can continue to go from strength to strength; designing, manufacturing and selling our fantastic Rycote products.
“We are looking forward to celebrating 50 years of Rycote next year and, as we enter into this new chapter, we remain committed to serving the needs of our professional audio customers and exploring other markets for our existing and new products.
“Vitec has an incredible portfolio of premium brands in the fast-moving and growing ‘image capture and content creation’ market, so this move also brings great opportunities for Rycote.”
Stephen Bird, group chief executive of Vitec, adds: “I am delighted to welcome the Rycote team to the Group. Vitec operates primarily in the video production market and this acquisition opens up the opportunity for us to enter the growing audio capture market, adding innovative and complementary products for our customers, and creating additional value for our shareholders. Rycote has exciting product development plans that will add real value to Vitec and our customers, and we look forward t

the-full-cast-of-the-last-ship-c-pamela-raithd&b Soundscape sails with The Last Ship
Thursday, 20 September 2018

UK - The Last Ship made its returning debut at Northern Stage in Newcastle in March. This musical, written by Sting and Lorne Campbell, is a drama with songs bound together across two strong interwoven narratives.
Sound designer Sebastian Frost used d&b Soundscape, a signal processing technology, with two optional software modules: En-Scene a sound object positioning tool, and En-Space which allows designers to add room emulation of reverberation signatures particular to any given space, real or imagined. Frost harnessed this technology to his own vision of how the musical should be perceived and enjoyed by all audience members.
“I went to hear a demo in Hall 14 at d&b’s HQ in Backnang about a year ago,” Frost comments. “The experience was inspirational because the biggest thing you want from any system is that it doesn’t tie you down or restrict you in anyway. Currently there is a great deal of chatter in audio circles about creating immersive experiences or 3D sound environments, that’s not what’s happening here. What I heard was much more than simple panning or delay of sound; you were not just placing sound objects in specific places. This was a more scientific approach - this was the creation of a sound field within which the creative possibilities appear unrestricted.”
Recognising the specific demands of musical theatre, d&b then arranged a more applicable demonstration. “The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is a typical multi-level theatre, whereas Hall 14 was a 360° environment you could walk around and th

mart-landscapeObscura to unveil major Chicago installation
Thursday, 20 September 2018

USA - Creative studio Obscura Digital recently worked with Vornado Realty Trust to install a permanent projection system to illuminate the façade of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart (theMART) with images reflecting Chicago’s cultural heritage.
Art on theMART will be launched with an opening ceremony on 29 September featuring original content from Obscura media team and select international artists. The reins will then be handed to theMART's curatorial team to craft two-hour projection shows five nights a week, 10 months of the year.
Art on theMART will be lit nightly by 34 projectors shining over one million lumens across the Chicago Riverwalk onto the building’s 2.5 acre façade.
Through a custom, software-driven curatorial platform, the building will be transformed into a singular curatorial canvas for fine art. theMART’s curatorial team promises to exhibit work from celebrated international artists, keeping the illuminations fresh, timely and engaging, while eschewing any and all branding, messaging or advertising.
(Jim Evans)

boomtown-festival-wMartin Audio MLA boosts Boomtown
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Belgium - Boomtown Fest (see LSi September 2018) is part of the 10-day Gentse Feesten (Ghent cultural festivities) in Belgium. Running since 1843, and therefore celebrating its 175th anniversary, today it attracts as many as 1.7m visitors over the duration.
Held at the 850-capacity Handelsbeurs Concert Hall, as well as Opera Ghent and on outside festival grounds, Boomtown started in the year 2,000, and today provides three stages and 41 acts over five days. The event combines indie music from some of the country’s up and coming talent with international acts like Suzanne Vega (who appeared in Opera Ghent).
Martin Audio’s rental partner, ARC-Productions from Dentergem, added MLA Compact to their vast inventory of the manufacturer’s components back in 2014, when they used it for the first time at Boomtown. Prior to that they had deployed Martin Audio’s W8LC, and going back even further, a W8C and W8CS combination.
This year they hung eight elements of MLA Compact on each stage wing, with 12 x SXH218 subwoofers in 4 x 3 stacks, run in cardioid mode. They also added two MLA Mini / MSX delay positions to cover a 900sq.m outdoor area. This met a design and specification conceived by freelance sound engineer, Jan De Rycke, who was appointed by the organisers.
However, MLA needed astute optimisation by De Rycke himself, to ensure there was no offsite pollution and that levels rem

alcatrazislandDanley serves hard time at Alcatraz
Thursday, 20 September 2018

USA - First a lighthouse, then a military base, then a military prison, then a federal prison, and finally a National Park Service historic site, San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island attracts over 2,000 visitors every day. Although it only served as a federal prison for 29 years (1934 to 1963), Alcatraz lives on in the cultural conscious as the most notorious and inescapable prison ever – the subject of books, TV shows, and movies.
True to its reputation, the government sent all of its worst criminals there, including Al Capone and George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, and, despite numerous attempts, no one is believed to have survived an escape from Alcatraz. Recently, local AV integrator San Francisco Audio designed and installed a sound system for the nine most important locations on Alcatraz using fully-weatherized Danley GO2 8CX loudspeakers.
“There is a huge volume of visitors to Alcatraz, and the National Park Service guides give tours explaining the island’s features and history,” explained Radley Hirsch, owner of San Francisco Audio. “We needed a solid outdoor loudspeaker for the places where the docents stop, and the Danley GO2 8CXs sound well-balanced and are constructed to last. Moreover, Danley builds them in the USA, unlike most other manufacturers.”
Each station on the tour has a Lectrosonics wireless microphone system with an ear-worn microphone, a Surge-X power conditioner to tame Alcatraz’s off-the-grid solar panel system, and a small 120-watt mono JBL CSA1120Z amplifier. The JBL amp takes a balanced, line level input and outp

hypeodreamswd-photography-websafeChauvet lights Hype-O-Dream
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Belgium - The organisers of the EDM festival Hype-O-Dream based this year’s event around a surrealism-inspired main stage to bring an element of the extraordinary to the EDM line-up, which included acts such as Jauz, Showtek and Henri PFR.
Having worked with the festival for the previous five years, the task of crafting the appropriate visual support fell once again to Belgian rental house Creative Rental Solutions, which specified 62 Chauvet Professional STRIKE P38, 68 COLORdash PAR H12IP, 30 Rogue RH1 Hybrid and 24 Rogue R2 Wash fixtures to craft dream-like visuals for festival goers.
With the surrealist stage scenery consisting of various islands appearing to be floating within the structure of the stage, Thomas Vandekerkhove and his team decided upon positioning the fixtures in such a way so as to outline the contours of the vast structure, which extended at various parts up to 20m high. One of the central tools to achieve this outlining effect were the 90W warm white STRIKE P38 blinder and wash fixtures.
“The P38s were ideal for highlighting the different sections of the stage structure,” commented Vandekerkhove. “Thanks to their huge output and blinding effects, we were also able to utilize these fixtures extensively within the sets to provide energy and atmosphere.”
To provide a number of cutting looks on stage, Vandekerkhove utilized the varied beam, and spot effects of the Rogue Hybrid fixtures, which were positioned among the various island structures within the stage.
“The Hybrids are perfect for festiva

lior-manelis-from-pristine-moods-centre-with-dwrs-kyle-robson-and-marlene-rileyPristine Moods invests in MA, DiGiCo desks
Thursday, 20 September 2018

South Africa - Randburg-based AV equipment supplier Pristine Moods Productions has invested in a DiGiCo S31 and a dot2 console from South African distributor DWR Distribution.
The investment has been “a long time coming” according to Lior Manelis, owner of Pristine Moods Productions. “These kinds of steps are daunting. But as your calibre of gear increases, so does your marketing capabilities, enabling you to work on bigger events,” he explains.
Duncan Riley of DWR adds: “Both DiGiCo and MA Lighting are in the business of giving end-users longevity with products that won’t be constantly upgraded or replaced.”
Gareth Chambers, recently appointed LD at the company, will run the dot2. Chambers was previously employed by DWR Distribution in the role of training and support, and his expertise will enable him to operate the console and share his knowledge with his peers. “The day we took delivery of the dot2, just before Gareth officially joined us, he sent me a WhatsApp message asking if he could come and play. He sat here for four or five hours, training the crew. He is extremely positive and very excited.”
The DiGiCo S31 will be in the capable hands of Thabang Makofane, Pristine Moods Productions’ new sound engineer. “Thabang is extremely talented and influenced me in going the DiGiCo route. We chose this specific console because of its capabilities and versatility. Being on most technical riders plays a huge part.”
(Jim Evans)

vectorworks-trainig-at-dwr-in-september-2018DWR appointed Vectorworks distributor
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

South Africa - Global design and BIM software solutions provider Vectorworks has announced that DWR Distribution has been appointed an official distributor for Vectorworks Spotlight, Braceworks and Vision software in South Africa.
The agreement will also facilitate greater technical and sales support with direct access to the team at Vectorworks.
Tara Grant, director of channel operations at Vectorworks, comments: “DWR has demonstrated a strong commitment to Vectorworks and has deep roots in the entertainment industry, and it was a natural progression to have them officially join the Vectorworks family as a distributor. As the demand for our solutions grows and Vectorworks continues to expand, we are looking for strong distribution partners like DWR to provide local support in markets around the world.”
Duncan Riley, owner of DWR Distribution, adds: “It’s an honour to be able to distribute a brand like Vectorworks, and we are very excited about the partnership. We see Vectorworks as a 360° entertainment design solution for the country, providing professionals and students with a tool that will make their lives easier.”
DWR’s Dylan Jones, who will manage all Vectorworks sales and support, says: “It’s exciting to be working directly with the Vectorworks team. We are looking forward to providing educational and network licenses to the industry. The training Vectorworks provides their distributors has already helped us improve the quality of our technical support, and with direct access to their order process, we are now able t

robe-rocks-plasa-2018Robe rocks PLASA 2018 with SuperSpikie
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

UK - Robe brought a ‘theatre-meets-rock ‘n’ roll’ live show to the centre of its stand design at the 2018 PLASA Show held at London Olympia.
Putting performance at the heart of the presentation, the Czech lighting manufacturer launched its new SuperSpikie moving light.
The show also utilised other new and current Robe products, including the new RoboSpot remote follow spotting system running with MDC (multi device control) and the new iParFect, the first in a series of upcoming IP-rated luminaires.
Inspired by the Tomb Raider / Indiana Jones movie and e-games adventure genre - the show concept, The Lost World Trilogy, was originated by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb.
It’s the first of three stand designs that will be rolled out by Robe at selected trade expos worldwide over the coming months.
Seven dancers starred in an all-action eight-minute extravaganza choreographed by Chris Manoe, taking them on a risky and dangerous mission negotiating jungles, caves and volcanoes in search of a stash of hidden treasures, which turn out to be SuperSpikies.
The stand show also featured a bespoke soundtrack, an in-house-designed water curtain effect, fog and haze courtesy of several MDG machines, and around 200 skilfully positioned Robe moving lights.
“The goal was to create an immersive, highly visual environment where people would want to stay, meet, chat and discuss business,” says Nathan Wan. “We are here to sell lighting products, so we need to engage people on all levels and get t

impression-e350-1PLASA 2018: GLP’s new impression moving head
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

UK - GLP launched the impression E350 LED moving head at PLASA 2018, a new, supercharged companion to its popular impression S350, in an optimised package.
With an advanced LED engine offering ‘unprecedented’ output in its class, the fixture will find favour in any type of showcase event or installation with dynamic, articulated lighting as the centrepiece. And since it offers flicker-free operation, with smooth electronic dimming from 0-100%, multiple dimming curves, with no colour shift while delivering random and pulse electronic strobing effects it will also find favour in the broadcast segment.
This compact fixture features a baseless design, high colour temperature of 7500K for a hard-edge mid-air effect beam, bright gobo projections, and a notably tight iris as well as GLP’s motorised 7:1 zoom range (7°- 48°). According to GLP, this creates an even and flat field with a considerable light output of up to a maximum of 9500lm.
The impression E350 also houses a CMY colour mixing system with separate CTC channel along with an eight-facet prism, a light and heavy frost, a tiltable animation wheel, two gobo wheels, a tight 14-blade iris and 10-slot colour wheel. All functions are fully capable of working in combination with one another, making the GLP impression E350 suitable for almost any application.
GLP product manager Michael Feldmann comments: “Our first priority was to get maximum output and efficiency from a 350W LED engine, with intensive 7500K default white, as we knew this would be perfect for mid-size shows or wherever c

audio-technicaes954-websafeAudio-Technica debuts ES954 mic array
Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Europe - Audio-Technica has introduced the ES954 hanging microphone array, a cost-effective solution for huddle rooms, conference rooms and other meeting spaces.
When controlled by the Audio-Technica ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer, the four-capsule microphone array provides 360° coverage through virtual hypercardioid or cardioid outputs which can be steered horizontally and tilted vertically.
Intended primarily for video conferencing, the ES954 may be used singly or in multiples to capture every person speaking in a room, with the total number of channels restricted only by the capacity of the mixer or DSP device controlling the system. When using the ATDM-0604 Digital SmartMixer, the intuitive graphic interface enables control of the width and orientation of each virtual polar pattern, which may be steered in 30° increments, with a tilt function accommodating differing ceiling heights or users that are sitting or standing.
The ES954 has a non-detachable 1.2m (4ft) cable with locking grommet enabling easy microphone height adjustment. Audio-Technica’s UniGuard RFI-shielding technology offers outstanding rejection of radio frequency interference.
The package includes a Plenum-rated AT8554 Ceiling Mount with RJ45 connectors and push-type wire terminals for simple, secure installation. The ES954 connects to the mixer over a pair of standard Cat 5 cables. Two RJ45 breakout cables are provided to input the four channels, plus an LED tally, into the mixer. An integral, logic-controlled 360-degree red/green LED ring provides clear indication of th


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