evagoterraplasEvago Group acquires Terraplas rental business
Friday, 23 March 2018

Europe - Evago Group has become the world's exclusive rental partner for all Terraplas turf protection products since taking over the American rentals branch for Terraplas USA in March.
German event supply and industrial services company Evago Group (Evago) and the Anglo-American Checkers Safety Group, who purchased Terraplas in 2015, have agreed a long-term partnership for Terraplas rentals internationally. Having acquired Mojo Barriers in 2017, Evago then bought the UK Terraplas rental business, and immediately fulfilled demand for the specialist stadium pitch protection for concerts. This new deal will see the Terraplas range be available throughout the Evago Group and Mojo’s global network.
Goran Marincic, CEO, Evago AG states: “Terraplas products are unique in the market and complement our existing product portfolio perfectly. They have become highly trusted to protect valuable stadium turf and sport pitches from heavy vehicles to pedestrians. With this acquisition we significantly strengthen our position in global events, adding significant synergy with our existing brands and companies. Our goal now is to very quickly increase the rental stock of pitch protection with additional new material in order to be able to respond immediately to customer requirements."
Robert Else, chairman of Terraplas comments: “In our partnership with the Evago Group, we are pleased to further consolidate and expand the market leadership of the Terraplas brand worldwide.”
(Jim Evans)

iteacITEAC 2018: further keynote speakers revealed
Friday, 23 March 2018

UK - Two more keynote speakers will be joining Dutch architect Francine Houben of mecanoo architecten at this year’s International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) held on 3-5 June in London.
The three-day event will be opened by Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, with responsibility for the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) as well as Dubai World Central (DWC), will provide an insight to the challenges that urbanisation brings to large infrastructure projects, and how important cultural development is as part of the process.
Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, will enliven the stimulation and provocation session, which will spearhead the final day of the conference.
A stalwart of this leading firm for more than 20 years, he is in charge of various projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He led the team that realised the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg – a building complex that accommodates not only a philharmonic hall but also a chamber music hall, as well as restaurants, bars, a panorama terrace with views of Hamburg and the harbour, apartments, a hotel and parking facilities.
His Keynote address will be followed by his participation in the Concert Hall Design & Acoustics session, where the current trends relating to acoustics and audio-technologies will be explored, referencing recent projects in China, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin.
(Jim Evans)

sound-technologyMartin MAC Encore Wash fixtures now shipping
Friday, 23 March 2018

UK - Sound Technology, distributor for HARMAN's Martin Professional in the UK, reports that the MAC Encore Wash is now shipping. Both WRM & CLD variants are immediately available to order.
Designed to produce rich colour and premium white light in a wide variety of applications where light quality is critical, the MAC Encore Wash is available in two options.
MAC Encore Wash WRM is an LED-based, replacement for the much-loved, discontinued MAC TW1, offering unparalleled 3000 K warm tungsten emulation that truly challenges the output quality of a real incandescent light source, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like tungsten-based Fresnel fixtures.
MAC Encore Wash CLD is an LED-based alternative to the MAC Viper Wash DX. The feature-packed soft edge moving head offers unparalleled 6000 K crisp, neutral daylight, and doubles as a modern replacement for generic fixtures like HMI-based Fresnel fixtures.
(Jim Evans)

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firstclubinterior1China nightclub chain opens with Clair Brothers
Friday, 23 March 2018

China - First Club is a new brand of nightclubs, commissioned by the Nuochuang Group, with its sights set on evolving the Chinese nightclub scene by combining art, fashion, music, sound, lighting and high-end social sophistication.
Both Mr. Wei, vice president of Nuochuang Group and Mr. Wu, president of the First Club Brand, agreed on the vision to create a nightclub that delivers high-octane EDM experiences unlike any other. Clair Brothers was the unanimous choice to provide the brand’s signature sound. “Their reputation for audio innovation and excellent service is world-renowned,” says Mr. Feng Min, First Club general manager.
Integral to the brand architecture is the Clair Brothers custom-designed sound system that includes the Clair Brothers kiT12, kiTCurve12, FF2-HX, CS-218, CB-FP14000/10000+ and CB-LM26 models.
“Our goal is to give club patrons a feeling they can’t get anywhere else,” says Mr. Wu. “And Clair Brothers does that.” The system, installed by Newegg, a Chinese integrator specialising in the entertainment industry, is further augmented by custom Lake processing on the kiT12 making it more powerful.
First Club is a growing chain, currently with three venues open for business. A crucial attribute of this custom Clair Brothers system is its versatility within all three spaces. While each First Club is slightly different in layout, the sound system is purposefully flexible to enable each venue to offer consistency of the signature experience.
(Jim Evans)

robe-metallica-photo-ralph-larmann-dsc01374Robe is hardwired for Metallica
Friday, 23 March 2018

Europe - Thrash heavy metal megastars Metallica are in the middle of a world tour following the release of their number one album Hardwired … to Self-Destruct at the end of 2016, featuring a provocative in-the-round production design by Dan Braun for the arena section, with creative lighting by Rob Koenig and 72 x Robe BMFL WashBeams from Premier Global Production as the main lighting fixtures on the rig.
Rob has worked with the band for around nine years, and in that time, they have performed several in-the-round tours. It’s a format they prefer for getting physically and psychologically closer to their fans.
For this one – which started with a stadium section and is currently playing arenas – Dan’s idea was based around 52 video cubes suspended above the stage, 36 of which are on steel cables and a custom motion-controlled hoist system developed by TAIT and the other 16 are in fixed positions.
Apart from presenting a distinctive and very precise aesthetic, this set architecture has defined Rob’s lighting positions for the indoor legs of the tour.
As per Dan’s request, there is no ‘traditional’ trussing on the show, instead all the BMFL WashBeams are attached to and associated with a video cube.
A combination of the TAIT Navigator and grandMA2 control systems and virtual markers in the MA 3D visualizer are being used to process and physically pinpoint the lighting positions. A Disguise (formally known as d3) video server also receives positional information from the Navigator to map the video exactly to the 4-f

avowebsafeAvolites' Titan at Exodus Festival
Friday, 23 March 2018

Poland - The Christian Exodus Festival took place at Gdańsk's 15,000-capacity Ergo Arena in February, featuring inspirational effects lighting controlled by an Avolites Sapphire Touch console, supplied by Prolight.
LD Tom Jones created vibrant and uplifting lighting for the four-day conference and festival, which featured talks as well as live performances. To achieve his challenging and ambitious design, Jones programmed and controlled the lighting for all events using the Sapphire Touch, powered by Avolites' effects-focused Titan 10.1 interface.
"Despite some elements of the show being programmed using cue lists, such as the opener and some guest artists, most control was made on the fly as worship is a dynamic environment," says Jones. "Thankfully, the Sapphire Touch has an intuitive layout, which makes busking extremely fast and simple. Motorised faders and on-screen labelling save a lot of time when needing to jump from page to page."
Aimed mainly at young people, Exodus prides itself on being a modern and atmospheric experience for attendees. The theme of this year's Exodus was 'Forward', focusing on 'putting trust in God and his plan for us'. Reflecting this theme, the festival organisers designed the initial lighting and video content before collaborating with Jones to finalise the show design.
"We attempted to translate the theme of the festival as much as possible with the use of video walls surrounded by effects lighting," says Jones. "There were many challenges, such as the variety of stage performers and the different feels requi

vietnamHarman makeover at Ho Chi Minh City broadcaster
Friday, 23 March 2018

Vietnam - The Voice Of Ho Chi Minh City’s People (VOH) is the official radio station of Ho Chi Minh City. For over 40 years, the radio station has hosted programme broadcasts and live performances from its VOH Music One Theatre. In addition to station-organised concerts and tapings, the theatre hosts receptions, state delegations, business meetings, private events and more.
In order to keep up with the increasing demands of modern live productions and strict broadcast standards, VOH hired Ba Sao Investment to upgrade its aging sound system with a complete Harman audio solution.
“We wanted to upgrade from the previous system to better meet the latest production standards for audio, lighting and video,” said Mr. Le Cong Dong, Director, Voice of Ho Chi Minh City’s People. “The new system that Ba Sao Investment installed ensures the station’s rich legacy remains relevant now and into the future.”
The system installed in VOH Music One Theatre includes a main hang of three JBL VRX932LAP powered line array speakers per side, joined by one VRX918SP subwoofer per side. Two JBL PRX710 two-way speakers serve as centre down-fills, while two additional PRX710 front-fills are grouped on the floor with two PRX718XLF subwoofers. Two JBL PRX715 speakers are installed as under-balcony-fills, while JBL PRX715 and PRX712 powered speakers provide clear on-stage monitoring.
To ensure optimum system performance, Ba Sao Investment selected the Soundcraft Vi3000 digital live sound console. A Soundcraft Compact Stagebox supplies the Vi3000 console with 6

denverDiGiCo flexibility helps Denver theatre group
Friday, 23 March 2018

USA - The Denver Centre Theatre Company (DCTC) is a busy troupe. Noting its 412 productions, 159 readings of new works, 138 world premieres and 27 commissions, it likes to say, “After 35 seasons, we’re just getting warmed up”.
The production company primarily uses the four theatres of the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex housed at the massive 12-acre Denver Performing Arts Complex, itself home to 10 theatres and 10,000 seats. So, the compact and flexible DiGiCo SD10T, which was acquired through Colorado Springs’ Second Opinion Audio was an appropriate choice for the peripatetic ensemble, whose performances will move between the complex’s four theatre spaces and, sometimes, beyond.
“We’ve had the console in all of the theatres we use regularly so far and it’s been very successful,” says director of sound Craig Breitenbach, sound designer for many of the company’s shows. That began last August, with a musical production at the 778-seat Stage Theatre, the largest of the four theatres in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex (the others are The Space Theatre, The Ricketson Theatre and The Glenn R. Jones Theatre), but was followed in October with The Wild Party, which was performed offsite in a former aircraft hangar. It’s now on its third production, and Breitenbach says the SD10T is a great performer.
“We really like its flexibility and I/O capacity,” he says. “Some of our projects, especially musical theatre, can get fairly complex.”
Breitenbach specifically called out the software’s matrix nodal delays: with up

gem-festivalChamSys magic creates Tanzanite lightshow
Friday, 23 March 2018

USA - Among the qualities that make Tanzanite a much-sought after gem is its remarkable colouration, which changes from blue to violet to burgundy, depending on its crystal orientation. It is altogether fitting, then, that this stone lent its name to the Tanzanite Stage at the recent Gem and Jam Festival, which was held at the Pima County Fairgrounds.
Aside from the procession of jam band stars that appeared there from 25-28 January, the stage served up an array of beams and washes in ever-changing colours, thanks to a multi-faceted lighting rig that Matt ‘Jonezy’ Jones drove with a new ChamSys MagicQ MQ500 Stadium console.
“Some of the artists brought their own LDs, but we handled the majority of acts with the MQ500,” said Jones. “We had a diverse range of bands like Endoplasmic, Railroad Earth, Truth Cartel, Masego, and Breaking Biscuits (a side project by Break The Silence and Disco Biscuits), to name a few. There were 77 fixtures on our rig, and we ran them a lot of different ways, using seven different universes via Art-Net. Our goal was to give every band its own look and avoid repeating ourselves over the course of the festival. I busked the entire time – and yes, the MQ500 was great for busking.”
Jones programmed the show on his MagicQ MQ80 with LightCoverse, then transferred his work to the MagicQ MQ500 Stadium. “I have been a long-time ChamSys user, and this was my first time working on the MQ500,” he said. “I absolutely loved having the second screen on the MQ500. It gave me more real estate to put things on. So, I co

entec-glp-jdc1-1Entec takes delivery of GLP hybrid strobes
Friday, 23 March 2018

UK - Entec’s lighting department has taken delivery of its first batch of JDC1 LED hybrid strobes from German Light Products, with a further consignment due to arrive soon, making a total of 28 units.
“Our purchase was originally encouraged by LDs Nico Riot and Liam Griffiths, who were very passionate about the product,” says Adam Stevenson, Entec’s assistant head of lighting.
“Having already trialled the JDC1 on a number of projects, we are confident that this new fixture will become an exceptionally popular rental item for us. It’s a very hot product right now and we wanted to make a commitment to it on behalf of our clients as early as possible.”
The new arrivals join Entec’s fleet of other recently acquired, leading edge special effect fixtures, namely 30 Ayrton MagicBlade FX, 25 Solaris Flare Q+ (with Kasmer diffusion accessories) and 24 GLP impression X4 Bar 20 battens.
Designed to offer complete versatility, the JDC1 combines a traditional single tube element that delivers clear, bright white output with a full face of 1,440 RGB LEDs. Independent control of the single tube and LED elements is provided, meaning that fixtures can be operated individually or work together to create a wide range of effects.
(Jim Evans)

eliteelationclaypakywebElite Multimedia expands design solutions
Friday, 23 March 2018

USA - With the 2018 concert touring and live event production season now in full swing, production provider Elite Multimedia is expanding its rental inventory even further.
Featuring an addition of Elation Professional Artiste DaVinci, Platinum SEVEN Wash, Rayzor 360Z, DTW Blinder 350 IP and 700 IP fixtures, along with a new shipment of Claypaky Scenius Unico luminaires, all the innovative design solutions are now available through the Nashville headquarters of the production partner.
“We have been very fortunate at Elite Multimedia to be experiencing a sustained growth in our rental operations for both concert touring and other live event production designs,” says Jason ‘Cannonball’ Jenkins, Elite Multimedia director of operations. “To keep pace with this growth, we are very excited to be bringing in additional inventory from both Elation Professional and Clay Paky that will provide our clients with an even greater depth of creative possibilities.”
(Jim Evans)

grand-prixFIX8 creates communications canvas for Renault
Friday, 23 March 2018

Europe - FIX8Group worked alongside Renault Sport Racing (RSR) to conceive and integrate a seamless, interactive, multi-purpose visual display for the Formula One team's high-profile, pit lane touring garage.
Providing an important visual information highway for RSR's race team, their VIP visitors and RSR sponsors, the 40K wide, digital display canvas features enhanced interactive connectivity that enables the RSR team members, VIPs and Renault Sport Formula One Team sponsors to respond to race critical content, live, as it happens, while interacting with screen resolution native content and sponsor marketing messages in real time, via advanced touch screen technology. Crucially, the content can also be viewed from the pit lane and can be seen by the TV broadcast cameras, further maximising the all-important ROI for the Renault team and its sponsor messaging.
François Puentes, head of marketing services for Renault Sport Racing states: "Transforming our guests' experience whilst improving the Race Team's work conditions in the garage were two key elements that FIX8Group helped deliver. Crucially, FIX8Group have been nothing but remarkable from the initial briefing to project completion. They have demonstrated high levels of creativity combined with the flexibility required by our industry."
"The Renault team were looking for a multi-purpose installation that could be further developed over future seasons," comments Neil Trenell, managing director of FIX8Group. "Our team was tasked with both the design and specification of a system that could displ

adamson-pmx-training-mar18-hrPMX joins Adamson network
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Philippines - PMX has cemented its status as one of the Philippines’ top production technologies suppliers with a significant investment in an E-Series loudspeaker system from Adamson Systems Engineering. Adamson’s exclusive Filipino distributor, Stage Craft International, consulted on system choice, made the sale, and provided PMX staff with extensive training in January 2018.
“As we’ve grown to take on larger tours and festivals, we’ve had to expand our inventory accordingly. Adamson’s E-Series boasts the sound quality that allows us to differentiate from the competition and rider acceptance we need in a large-format loudspeaker solution,” comments PMX owner Ferdi Garcia. “The Adamson product has been very well received by the K-pop community, which has a strong following in the Philippines. We’re looking forward to offering our customers this premium product for all kinds of applications.”
PMX’s new E-Series package includes 18 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and eight complementing E219 subwoofers, with Stage Craft able to provide additional cabinets for more expansive systems. Coinciding with the purchase, Stage Craft invited PMX staff to its Mandaluyong City headquarters to undergo Adamson’s globally standardized Applied Certification training conducted by David Dohrmann, Adamson’s technical director for the APAC region, and Ayumi Hanano, APAC education and support coordinator.
“We very much appreciate the support we’ve already received from Stage Craft and Adamson,” adds Garcia. “Having so much ex

rita-oraSennheiser pulls out the stops for BRIT Awards
Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK - Hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall and once again held at London’s The O2 Arena, this year’s BRIT Awards saw two of Britain’s most exciting breakthrough pop acts, Stormzy and Dua Lipa, take home the top prizes, and Sennheiser’s Digital 6000 series get taken to extremes.
Britannia Row Productions provided all requirements for the show’s audio system, which was designed by BRITs’ head of sound Colin Pink, with a combination of Sennheiser Digital 6000 and 9000 series microphones proving the majority choice for both artists and presenters.
As well as winning both British Album Of The Year and British Male Solo Artist, Stormzy gave an epic performance beneath an indoor waterfall effect which soaked both him and his SKM 6000 as he sang his hit singles Blinded by Your Grace, Pt.2 and Big for Your Boots.
“When I was told about Stormzy’s production idea for the BRIT Awards, I thought, wow! How are we going to do this and which Sennheiser mic would be the best choice?” says Raphael A. Williams, Stormzy’s sound engineer. “We decided to use D 6000 along with a 9235 dynamic capsule.”
To ensure the microphone was fully waterproof, Raphael completely covered the mic head with cling film during rehearsals. “But that took the clarity away,” he recalls. “So we tried putting cling film under the foam closer to the capsule and that worked really well. Our original plan was to swap the mic out straight after the waterfall section of the show, but we didn’t need to as it worked so perfectly. After the rehearsal, w

mexico-salsaRCF ignites Latin Festival of Salsa
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mexico - The first Latin Festival of Salsa at the Mexico City Arena hosted some of the greatest exponents of this musical genre. These included Víctor Manuelle, who has received numerous awards during his wide ranging musical career, such as the Billboard Latin Music Awards; Puerto Rican artist, Eddie Santiago, who boasts an extensive international career; Oscar de León, the Venezuelan artist who is known worldwide as the Pharaoh of Salsa, and special guests such as the Sonora Dynamite of Lucho Argain.
The Mexico City Arena is one of the biggest indoor venues in the World, with a capacity of 22,300 seats and 128 suites, with around 100m distance from the loudspeaker array bumper to the rearmost seat (depending on the height of the array). Officially opened in 2012, it’s one of the most important concert venues in México.
“We needed smooth coverage and a lot of sound pressure level because we knew all the people were going to be dancing and screaming with Salsa music,” states Rodrigo Lopez, the festival’s sound system engineer. “Using RCF was great in such a difficult venue as this, because we get a flat eq response system, with broadband 0° phase response. FiRPHASE was so helpful in obtaining that crispy high-frequency response in those furthest seats, so they could hear Salsa music as it should.”
In addition to the complete upgrade of the internal DSP processing of the TT and HDL systems with the new FiRPHASE, three FIR EQ settings are available on each RDNet zone for a precise tonal shaping on high frequencies.

connectcad-schematic-1800x1200connectCAD 2018 plugin now available
Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK - The 2018 version of connectCAD, an AV system design plugin for Vectorworks, has been released.
The plugin provides designers assistance with concept drawings, schematics, cable lists, bill of materials and presentations, and can also be used for designing connected systems like broadcast, IT and electrical.
The latest version has a faster, more optimised engine and incorporates Connect Tool, which follows all standard Vectorworks keyboard shortcuts and offers five connection styles: polyline, rounded, chamfered, arrow connection across layers and link connection that enables a connection to a socket in another document.
connectCAD 2018 has also improved the Make Cable Report, which now offers new options for calculating cable length estimates from both the equipment layout or by selecting standard cable lengths.
The community Device Library now comes with a peer rating system so you can easily see which devices are defined more correctly and insert them in your project with a couple of clicks.
(Jim Evans)

hsl-simple-minds-sim1502180384HSL walks between worlds with Simple Minds
Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK - HSL is on the road again as lighting suppliers with Scottish rockers Simple Minds and their long-time lighting designer Stephen Pollard who has created another innovative look for the band’s new Walk Between Worlds album.
Released in February as part of a celebration of the band’s 40-year career, the album is a blend of the introspective yet optimistic elements of their music with some huge electronic and stadium rock moments that kept them on the ‘alternative’ side of cool. The performance features the entire new album, bookended by a careful selection of Simple Minds early material and classics.
This was a showcase tour for the new album. As such the show paused for two Q&A sessions between Jim Kerr, guitarist Charlie Burchill and journalist / radio presenter Billy Sloan. The Q&A sessions included chatting about the new album and how the band’s music has changed and evolved over the years.
HSL has been the band’s lighting supplier since 2011, when Stephen first met MD Simon Stuart at HSL’s Blackburn UK headquarters, and has taken his business there ever since.
“They always do a fantastic job and are a pleasure to work with,” he affirms. The account is project managed at HSL by Andy Chatburn.
This first leg of the UK tour played to a selection of intimate venues around the UK and Europe. As a proving ground, the new material consistently went down well every night with the fans singing every word of the new songs even though the album had only been out a few days.
Stephen’s Simple Minds sh

PL+S 2018: Astera to release iOS app
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Germany - Astera will present the iOS version of its AsteraApp for remote lighting control and management as the company attends Prolight+Sound 2018 in Frankfurt.
The app will become available for iOS for the first time since it was first introduced for Android devices in 2015. It offers professional-level control over Astera-based fixtures by connecting smart devices to the AsteraBox via Bluetooth which then relays the command to the battery-operated fixtures via radio frequency. The app allows simple to complex operations remotely, including firmware updates, grouping, assigning and configuring DMX addresses as well as controlling colours and effects and monitoring the status of the lights during operation.
Thomas Repmann, software developer for Astera in Munich, comments: “We have been working hard to provide the smoothest and most intuitive experience for LDs and lighting professionals through the App. We have had a long time to improve the Android-based version and we wanted to make sure our customers had the same satisfaction when they use the iOS version.”
The new app will be downloadable from the Apple App Store by the summer.
(Jim Evans)

all-time-lowVideo Design on tour with All Time Low
Thursday, 22 March 2018

UK - The current tour by All Time Low is indicative of the frenetic pace this band sustains. Barely had they left rehearsals than the run of five gigs through the UK had ended and they’re off across the Atlantic for some North American dates that takes them through to the end of June. Once again LD Jeff Maker has designed a high impact show, the back of stage being dominated by a fractured, post-industrial looking LED screen supplied by Video Design.
“I’ve worked with Video Design on and off for the last couple of years”, says production manager Tom Clifford-Loynes. “This short UK tour - all back to backs - has been typical of the service they provide. Great equipment and first-class crew; we’ve had absolutely no issues with any of the hardware. The crew have been wonderful as usual; don’t forget the screen is quite a big piece of real-estate yet here we are two hours into loading in on the fourth show, it’s 11:30am and the backline is just being set up before we all break for lunch.”
The screen is used for a mix of content and IMAG, Video Design also providing the three camera PPU. “The content is produced by Oliver Hutchinson,” continues Clifford-Loynes. “He has a done a really good job. Between content, the excellent camera images, and the physical impact of the screen shape, they really bring the wow factor to the show. The audience absolutely love it. A good package neatly executed.”
(Jim Evans)

bangkokBangkok complex switches on with Harman
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Thailand - Mahajak Development recently installed a building-wide multi-zone audio system by Harman Professional Solutions at 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok.
Opened in April 2017, 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok is a luxurious hotel and apartment building located in the popular Thonglor district of Bangkok. In addition to 179 residences and 34 suites, the building features a wide selection of modern restaurants, bistros and pubs.
In order to provide an elegant audio experience for residents and guests alike, 137 Pillars hired Mahajak Development to install a building-wide fibre optic multi-zone sound system that could be easily controlled from one central facility. After careful consideration, Mahajak selected an end-to-end Harman networked audio solution for its premium sound quality, intuitive operation and unmatched reliability.
“We’re very proud of the system we installed at 137 Pillars Suites and Residences,” said Pongsakorn Kanchanachayphoom, project director, Mahajak Development. “The client asked us to provide a reliable multi-zone audio system with simple localized control. We worked closely with Harman to deliver a professional solution that would satisfy their technical requirements.”
A BSS Soundweb London BLU-100 signal processor serves as the centrepiece of the system, seamlessly handling the complex routing over fiber optic connections throughout the building. A Soundweb London BLU-BOB1 break-out box offers eight additional analogue outputs. Harman HiQnet London Architect software enables intuitive

abrsmSqueek Lights goes Rogue for August Burns Red
Thursday, 22 March 2018

USA - Grammy-nominated August Burns Red kicked off its winter tour in January in support of its seventh studio album Phantom Anthem. From Montreal, where the tour began, to the House of Blues in San Diego and everyplace in between, fans are packing venues. The deep transformative lightshow is designed by LD Victor Zeiser of Squeek Lights.
Working with his lighting director Dave Summers, Zeiser has created a seamless flow of big multi-faceted looks that draw audiences into the captivating music of his client. Impressively, he and Summers conjure up this magnetic visual aura with a relatively small rig anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures.
“We have six Rogue RH1 Hybrids, four Rogue R1 Washes and three Rogue R1 FX-Bs, along with four NEXT NXT-1s and some strobes, that’s about it,” said Zeiser. “We applied the same design aesthetics to the rig as we have in the past, but we wanted to add new fixtures and new looks to keep things fresh. The band was excited by the demo we gave them of the RH1, and they were gung-ho about incorporating this fixture into the rig for their tour, so it became a big part of our design.”
That design is described by Zeiser as “hard hitting”, with continuous movement, variations between spot and beam displays, and transitions from beam heavy looks to layers of texture. Like the music of August Burns Red, which at times will depart from its traditional metal sound to incorporate other influences, the lightshow avoids predictable patterns.
“Dave has been great at flowing with the music,” s

rigging-trainingRigging course success in South Africa
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

South Africa - Twenty riggers in South Africa kicked off the year with the 2018 Prolyte Rigging Course in conjunction with DWR Distribution, Prolyte and Rhino Rigs. Rinus Bakker from Rhino Rigs hosted the course from 29 January to 2 February 2018, and on the sixth day, DWR’s Robert Izzett and Keith Pugin presented practical training.
“It was a good one,” says Rinus. “The delegates responded well and had good questions - they were spot on. The course ran according to schedule which was a great indication of their understanding.”
The training covered important aspects of safety, maintenance, lifting materials and force calculations.
Rinus’ next stop will be in Rotterdam where he will assist a circus and their performers to better understand rigging particularly with concepts like dynamic motion. His schedule so far includes training in Dubai, Holland, Belgium and Mexico planned for the second half of the year.
“I love the industry,” said Rinus. “I love rigging and sharing my knowledge. When I’m 85 I hope to still do this!”
(Jim Evans)


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