Poland - To take advantage of new business opportunities in Poland, MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has appointed Twenty4Seven as its exclusive in-country distribution and systems integration partner. Twenty4Seven will exclusively specify MultiDyne fibre optic solutions into its broadcast and commercial AV integration projects throughout the country.
Twenty4Seven specialises in customised solutions and services for broadcast and production systems in TV and radio facilities, houses of worship and live event venues, among other customers.
Twenty4Seven partner Jakub Antoszewski says: “Poland is a very technologically-advanced country, and the broadcast and commercial AV markets here are focused on top quality products and services,” said Antoszewski. “Twenty4Seven was founded by and remains comprised of experts from the broadcast industry, and we thoroughly understand the trends and characteristic of audio-visual production. As we customise solutions to meet each customer’s needs, MultiDyne makes reliable transport of widely varying signal requirements possible.”
MultiDyne president Frank Jachetta, adds:“MultiDyne continues to add partners in Europe in response to growing demand across the continent. We look for committed channel partners that can fully support and train end users, as well as service MultiDyne products. Twenty4Seven perfectly fits that description in Poland based on their highly skilled and qualified personnel, belief in long-term relationships, and depth of knowledge and experience of the broadcast and commercial AV ind
Australia - Professional lighting distributor Show Technology opened a new facility in Port Melbourne on 6 December.
The new location is three times larger than the previous office and has enabled the company to adopt new service facilities as well as expand their stock holding in Melbourne.
Over 150 guests toured the new premises and could test lighting fixtures in the new showroom, including the latest offerings from Claypaky, Martin, and Ayrton.
“Having a showroom much bigger than the last has allowed us to put all the latest gear and gadgets on full display and when customers and partners come through the office they are able to get full demonstrations of what we have to offer as well as gain an experience,” said Emmanuel Ziino, managing director at Show Technology.
Melbourne branch manager Paul Nicolaou says: “I encourage all lighting professionals to drop in and have a look at what we have done here, we make great coffee and have plenty of space to relax and explore the latest technology. If you need an excuse to visit, look out for our new training and event calendar that will be released early next year, we’d love to meet you.”
Members of the greater Show Technology team were also present including general manager Harold Hassapis, technical director Vince Haddad, NSW technical sales Michael Gearin and operations manager Chris Durrant from Sydney, as well as Gino Lombardi, the branch manager from Perth, to assist with the event and to warm the new Melbourne home.
China - Taiwanese artist Huang Guolun recently brought his No Impossible show to China’s Beijing National Stadium.
Also known as the Bird’s Nest, it was fitted with an expansive system comprised of Adamson’s E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers that ensured sound coverage for every seat.
Yongjun ‘Park’ Li of Le’er Culture & Art Studio was the system designer and FOH engineer for the performance and explains that his choice to deploy Adamson for both the main house system and the delays covering the upper bowl was based on a few key factors.
“Adamson’s E-Series is very widely applicable, from studios and theatres to major indoor and outdoor stadiums, and I’ve found it excels in any application,” shares Li. “The E-Series has an incredible throw, with smooth highs, powerful mids, and low end that seemingly has infinite power. The system is very dynamic; it feels like there’s always power to spare, even in productions of this scale.”
Sourced through Adamson’s Chinese distributor, Real Music, Li’s system included main hangs of 18 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures per side, plus eight flown and eight ground-stacked E219 subwoofers per side. An additional 15 E15s per side were deployed as side hangs, and small complements of four E12 three-way, true line source enclosures handled both front in-fill and out-fill on each side of the stage.
Additionally, eight arrays of between 9-12 S10 two-way, full range enclosures were flown from the roof overhangs to cover the entirety of the upper bowl.
Thailand - Fuzion Far East (FFE) has installed Nexo’s new Geo M10 mid-size line array at the Brighton College Bangkok.
A subsidiary of Brighton College UK, the newly-opened Bangkok college is the result of a collaborative partnership with the Ocean Group, a Thai company, led by the Assakul family. The school is housed on a 20-acre campus, and includes a purpose-built auditorium with facilities for music, art, dance and drama.
High ceilings and glass walkways characterise the Performance Arts Centre, a key part of the campus which houses a 620-seat theatre, dance studios, rooms for musical instruction and practice, art and design rooms, Mac suites and a traditional photography darkroom.
FFE recommended the newly-released Geo M10 line array for the PAC auditorium, designing a low-profile flown system which uses L/R arrays each with three Geo M1012 and one Geo M1025 enclosures, below a single 15” MSUB. Additional subbass support is delivered by two Nexo RS15 cabinets hidden from view.
Front-fill is provided by another new Nexo product, the super-compact ID24, with four of these small speakers along the front of the stage. Each unit is partnered by another ID24 which faces into the stage to provide monitoring. The entire system is powered and processed by just one Nexo NXAMP4x4 and three NXAMP4x1s.
New Zealand - Lighting rental company Oceania invested in 24 x X4 L LED heads from GLP that were used to support the British & Irish Lions’ rugby tour. Over six weeks the fixtures were ever present on all regional games and the three All Blacks tests.
At Auckland’s Eden Park, the company supplied all technical rigging, lighting, vision and sound equipment, technical management and crew, both in the venue spaces and the large fine dining 1,200 and 2,000-capacity party marquees on the practice ground, measured a colossal 400 sq.m. and 350 sq.m. respectively, requiring a lot of truss and expertise.
“The GLP X4 L and X4 Bars really impressed us both,” confirmed Oceania general manager, Simon Garrett. “The X4 L offers both workhorse and bling modes. A fast, very compact wash light with a source range from low to very high 10,000K colour temperature, giving some beautiful cold variation in straw, steels, lavenders etc. as well as some bling, with a myriad of looks. I particularly liked the straight lines and V shapes of the pixels, and the randomised strobes using macro mode.”
He said his company had needed some mid-sized LED wash for some time as their previous fixtures “ran out of puff at around 8m”. But none of the other options were inspiring him until he and designer Jeremy Fern ran into the impression X4 L at last November’s LDI show in the States.
Oceania also supplied the same range of technical services at the Queen’s Wharf Auckland Fanzone Activation. This provided the Auckland hub for the DHL New Zealand Lions Ser
South Africa - Audio engineer Emily Adams, was working on Pieter Toerien’s previous production, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, when asked to do Evita, the original West End and Broadway production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical which premiered at Montecasino Teatro in Johannesburg and recently moved to the Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre. It is to be followed by an Asia tour in 2018. Emily is operating the show on a DiGiCo SD7T.
It has been an considerable experience for Emily. “It’s my first production as head of department on a show of this scale. I started as a RF technician and I have done many shows at the Teatro Theatre, but I’ve always been the deputy head of sound and only mixed the occasional show, not actually running the show. This has been really challenging and I’ve loved every second of it so far.”
This is not the first time that Emily has worked on the DiGiCo platform. “I would definitely choose the SD7 if given the choice of console for a musical,” she says. “The SD7 is so user-friendly and easy to navigate. Doesn’t take long before you’re jumping between layers and editing.”
The programming for Evita came from Broadway and was adjusted according to the SA version of the production. The audio cues are extensive. With many of the finer details done already, Emily took the basic structure and cleaned it up to adapt it. “I did things like assigning the correct cast members to each control group per cue, I shifted a few groups around and renamed them.”
UK - Northampton-based full-service production company Stage Right Productions has recently extended their already considerable dBTechnologies inventory with the addition of the VIO 2-way line array system from dBTech’s UK distributor CUK Audio.
Part of the system is already deployed in the Deco theatre in Northampton for the annual star-studded pantomime. This year’s production of Peter Pan features Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane as Smee, The Voice finalist Lydia Lucy as Wendy, Grange Hill’s Colin Ridgewell as Captain Hook, West End actor Chris Wills as Peter Pan, and Northampton’s own Naomi Wilkins as Tiger Lily.
Stage Right operates in a wide range of sectors in the event industry, from outdoor concerts, to corporate events to theatre shows. The company has been investing in dBTechnologies products for over 10 years and held a large amount of the DVA T4 and S20 modules. However, as Stage Right’s production manager, Craig Burgess explains, the time was right to invest in new technology.
“The DVA T4 system has served us valiantly for many years, but we felt that now the time was right to invest in some new gear, and of course more recent technology. Earlier in the year, CUK Audio organised a visit to the dBTechnologies factory in Italy to see how the products are designed and manufactured. We were extremely impressed with VIO’s capabilities and functionality so investing in VIO seemed like a natural progression and an obvious choice for us in adding new PA to our inventory.”
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South Africa - Production company Rapid Blue produced the eighth season of SA’s Got Talent, with event technical specialists Blond Productions teaming up with production design company Visual Frontier for the first time.
“We decided to join together to do this, using the strength of Blond Productions’ technical delivery and the strength of my design capability for television,” explained Joshua Cutts, lighting designer from Visual Frontier. “We thought if we joined forces it would be a good exercise and in the end, it turned out to be very successful.”
There were two portions to SA’s Got Talent namely the auditions hosted at the UJ Theatre in Johannesburg and at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, and then the main televised competition held at The Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg.
Mauritz Neethling, general manager from Blond Productions, professionally handled all the technical and logistics for the lighting alongside Stephan Kruger, also from Blond, who took care of all the audio aspects for the auditions and live shows.
There were two lighting operators. Ryan Lombard from Blond operated on a grandMA2 light at the auditions, while Andre Siebrits from Visual Frontier operated the seven live episodes broadcast from the Soweto Theatre every Sunday evening using the same desk. “It was the first time that Andre ran the show all by himself,” said Josh. “It was a proud moment for Visual Frontier.”
The winners of the competition was Anecnote, an acapella band, who along with runners-up Art of Dance and Amazebra
USA - Hughston Engineering, a provider of full-service solutions for events, trade shows, conventions and out-door events, presented its second cheque to Behind the Scenes at LDI, reflecting sales over the past year of their Male and Female SOCAPEX Cable Testers.
The Female Tester features an Edison input, rotary dial for each circuit, 20A circuit breaker, and 6 indicator lights. The Male Tester includes a continuity tester and 6 indicator lights. These products are made in-house by IATSE Local 16 employees and are rigorously tested to ensure the utmost quality.
Eddie Raymond of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors, stated upon accepting the cheque, “Hughston Engineering is one of the more generous companies in the business. Whether it’s supporting family, employees or the union, Lance can always be counted on to lend a hand when needed. Hughston Engineering’s support of Behind the Scenes is further evidence of this generosity.”
South Africa - Lighting designer Joshua Cutts and the SOS Charity Fund raised money to help a student from the Tshwane University of Technology to complete his tuition.
“Daniel Meledimo, a young gentleman from TUT, arrived on our first day of Idols South Africa set-up and to see if he could assist and gain valuable knowledge,” says Joshua, who has worked on Idols for the past eight years. “Daniel remained with us for the full duration; every day we were there he was there. He never asked for any payment. He was very grateful for the knowledge and experience.”
It was evident that he was an extremely hardworking and dedicated student with the right temperate and someone who would clearly do well in the industry.
“After chatting to Daniel I realised that he may have to drop out university as he could not afford to pay his outstanding account,” said Josh. Daniel needed R40 000.00 to complete the year.
Joshua approached Duncan Riley of DWR to see if they together could raise the necessary funds.
“If you’re in, we will be in,” said Duncan without hesitation, and each party has contributed R20 000 to assist. “I hope to see great things from Daniel, the passion is already there. It’s an honour for us to help when we can.”
Italy - Held on 9 December at the Bologna Unipol Arena, Circoloco, an international show of club house music featured an Outline GTO system as the main PA for the event.
Circoloco is a format and a brand born in Ibiza many years ago, supported and created by Antonio Carbonaro - the owner of the famous DC10 music label. Circoloco has its own identity and includes many international artists who accompany this project around the world.
The audio design and set-up was entrusted to Emporio on Stage (Scandicci - Florence), with the support of the Outline staff. It was composed of 12 GTO systems plus GTO-DF (down-fill) modules for sides, 12 + 12 DBS 18-2 sub-bass units, 4 + 4 infra-sub LAB 21 HS and 6 front-fill comprised of 2 Mantas 28 each.
Angelo Catoni, owner of Emporio on Stage, comments: “For the main PA we installed 12 GTO + DF (down-fill) systems on each side of the stage that guaranteed optimal coverage of the venue and six Mantas 28 systems as front-fill to balance the medium / high frequencies. We have chosen to work with a ratio of 1/1 between top and sub adding 4 + 4 LAB 21 as infra in the central part to have a very important sum on the bass, given the type of event.”
The audio sound design for this event had to follow very precise directives required by the concert’s production. For the Unipol Arena production, the importance of high coverage and sound pressure in a very large arena, like the Unipol, was a fundamental requirement for the success of the show.
Production manager Gualtiero Sabatini comm
USA - Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, is a theme park success story for several reasons. Besides having one of country music’s leading personalities as co-owner, the park is a mix of traditional thrill rides spiced with crafts and culture, a successful recipe of entertainment that attracts nearly 3m guests a year.
Each fall, Dollywood holds a popular Harvest Festival and this year sought a family friendly, fall-centric addition to the autumn event. Park leadership decided on a pumpkin-themed evening concept to support the park’s Year of the Family theme. The new experience, Great Pumpkin LumiNights, is an outdoor installation of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns, artistic sculptures, playful scenes, pumpkin-themed food and entertainment.
Since lighting would play a vital role in the evening event, Elation Professional dealer StudioVibrant of Lexington, Kentucky, was asked to join the design team from the initial conceptual discussions. “Early in the process, I determined that a theatrical approach to illuminating the show sets was important,” stated Matt Cooper, principle lighting designer at StudioVibrant, who was key in specifying both Elation and Acclaim lighting on the project.
“Most pumpkin events we researched tended toward interior illumination and negative space but focusing on only interior illumination misses the opportunity to highlight the form of a pumpkin. It became clear that sidelight, uplight and washing the exterior of the show sets would be critical not only in setting LumiNights apart
UK - Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has announced the appointment of Clarie Middleton, currently chief executive of the Hackney Empire, as its new principal and chief executive officer.
The appointment of the eighth principal of the college was made by the governing body of the College. Clarie Middleton will take up her new post in February 2018. She is the first woman since Rose Bruford to be appointed to the role.
Clarie has over 25 years’ experience as an arts and cultural leader. She began her career working for Welsh National Opera before joining the Arts Council’s Touring Department. This was followed by the formation of Clear Day Productions which commissioned and staged co-productions with Bristol Old Vic and Plymouth Theatre Royal. She went on to work with Thelma Holt Ltd for five years, touring large scale theatre productions and working with major international artists including Yukio Ninagawa, Vanessa Redgrave and Alan Rickman.
Since 2009 Clarie has been chief executive of Hackney Empire. Under her leadership the Empire has grown audiences, achieved a firmer financial footing and enhanced resilience (including the establishment of diverse income streams and Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation status through to 2022), and developed an inspirational artistic vision with diversity and inclusion at its heart.
When accepting the role of Principal of Rose Bruford College, Clarie Middleton said; “Rose Bruford College is a truly distinctive specialist Higher Education institution and a creative community wit
UAE - Event technical production specialist Maestra’s UEA based operation, delivered rigging, staging, sound, lighting and video / AV for Blend Abu Dhabi, a special event to relaunch the YAS Marina Formula One circuit meeting space.
Attended by event organisers, production companies, suppliers, social influencers, media and other organizations and individuals from across the event spectrum, all with different interests in the world of live events, the pressure was on for Maestra’s team on site, led by project manager Aaron Merchant, to deliver something unique.
They co-ordinated technical production for four different areas, the main conference space, the pit garages, the reception area and entrance and the afterparty staged in the chic, rooftop Luna Lounge.
A stunning sculptural set design for the conference session’s stage was conceived by the YAS Event Centre team and augmented by Maestra, who suggested the lighting scheme which really energized the idea.
The set comprised 28 geometric structures made from semi translucent white sheer material which was stretched over a series of wooden frames in different shapes and various sizes with the largest around 2 metres wide. All were internally lit with a single LED PAR.
The colours and intensities could be changed and chased to great effect creating a fantastic ‘living, breathing’ ambience to the room.
The PARS were all controlled via the ChamSys MQ 60 console which was running the other stage and room lighting which comprised Martin MAC Aura LED Washes and MAC 700
UK - Capital Sound recently extended its digital audio offering for Emeli Sandé’s Long Live The Angels UK arena tour, deploying Sennheiser’s new Digital 6000 Series microphones, along with a DiGiCo SD5 digital mixing console at the monitor position.
Having made the investment in the latest Sennheiser Digital 6000 series, Capital Sound supplied an eight-channel package for Emeli’s vocal microphones on the main and B stage, plus her three backing vocalists.
“The vocal clarity and range throughout the spectrum was incredible,” says Paul Timmins, Capital’s operations and development director. “The vocal was pure and natural, contributing to the overall high-quality audio experience, which was enhanced for her monitor mix by using the SD5.”
Capital chose the DiGiCo SD5 because of its high I/O and buss count, with Emeli’s setup including around 18 stereo audio sends to her IEMs, plus a drum-fill.
“The SD5 works extremely well as a monitor console,” says Paul. “The larger worksurface and three screens make for a more pleasant user experience and help with speed of operation around the desk.”
“Investing in Digital 6000 as a two-channel digital microphone system made complete sense to us as an addition to the Sennheiser 3732/5200-II systems we already own,” adds Robin Conway, head of development for Capital. “The ability to reduce the required frequency spectrum is very useful, particularly as work in the UK and Europe is becoming more and more difficult to manage. The high-quality A/D converter at the caps
India - Initiated in 2014 by Yamaha Music India, Teens Rock: The Battle of the Bands is a bold initiative for promoting music playing and performance amongst teenagers. The idea is to provide a platform to teenagers to showcase their talent and interest in music which often goes unnoticed. The fourth edition saw the participation of schools from Delhi, Gurugram, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Indore, Kochi, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The Grand Finale of the 2017 event took place at DLF Place Saket in New Delhi, with 11 school bands. In front of an audience of 2000+, the MD of Yamaha Music India Hitoshi Mochizuki hosted some accomplished professional musicians as judges – well-known drummer Gino Banks, Subir Malik from Parikarma, and Rahul Ram from Indian Ocean.
Sound systems for the event were provided by Yamaha Music India, with support from the Daedal Prodigy rental company. For the main PA, a Nexo STM M28 system was deployed. The L/R arrays included two STM B112 bass modules, two STM M28-90 and one STM M28-120 module. Four STM S118 subs were ground-stacked just in front of the stage.
On stage, all the monitoring was Nexo, with PS15s for most positions and a pair of 45*N-12 line monitors for the centre of the stage. The show was mixed on a Yamaha CL5 digital console, with RIO3224-D.
The winner of Teens Rock The Battle of the Bands 2017 is Sacred Heart Plus Two Thevera, from Kochi. Runners up were Gopalan International School, from Bengaluru, and home-crowd pleasers Amity International School Saket, from New Delhi.
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Argentina - Tecnica Vidal is the largest rental and production company in the west of Argentina, and one of the top five in the country. Founded by Miguel Vidal in the 1980s, it is located in Rivadavia the centre north of Mendoza province, internationally renowned for its wine production.
The company has 20 full time employees and supplies the full range of technical production services, encompassing lighting, audio, video, staging, rigging and power, a ‘single-source’ solution business model that has proved very successful. Their specialist areas are concert touring, festivals, music shows and rental / staging, and they also have a healthy roster of corporate clients and event venues.
The first Robe investment was made in 2011 / 2012 when the brand was still emerging in Argentina. This was the first year of Robe’s partnership with Buenos Aires based TSD Group as a distributor.
Miguel had heard about Robe before he invested, mainly through travelling outside the country, but it was when TSD Group became a part of the Robe family that he really started to check it out more seriously. His relationship with TSD and COO Daniel Lema goes back to the 1990s.
The first Robe purchase was MMX Spots, and he now has close to 150 fixtures in rental stock, the most recent purchases being 36 x BMFL WashBeams and 24 x Spiiders. They also have Pointes, LEDWash 600s and LEDForce 18 PARs.
The new BMFL WashBeams and Spiiders immediately went out on a number of different shows including concerts in the west of the country by Italian superstar Zucchero,
South Africa - A grandMA2 full size, operated by Glenn Duncan, runs the musical Evita which kicked off at Johannesburg’s Montecasino Teatro, moved to Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre and will complete an Asian tour by mid-2018.
“This production of Evita has been publicised as the original production,” said Glenn. “We had a few of the original creatives out for the set-up, some wonderful people. It was interesting to see them interact with each other, people who have known each other for over 20 years and who are not scared of speaking their minds.” These included lighting designer Richard Winkler from New York, along with his associate Gary Echelmeyer and programmer Joe Allegro.
The current lighting show was originally built on MA in a visualisation studio and arrived in Johannesburg complete, based on the 1998 production. While untested on a full physical rig, the programmers had examples of each light fixture to ensure correct colour matching.
“I didn’t get to really do much with the desk until the first performance,” says Glenn. “Joe even operated the final dress so that they could do live notes. It was great to see him work, and he did interesting things on the console - which I had fun reverse engineering to know what was actually inside.”
The show runs on a grandMA 2 full size FOH console, and there is an MA light on stage – both networked and sessioned. Three NPUs run 10 universes of DMX. “The onstage console is the backup so if anything goes wrong, the on-stage lighting tech will run cues until I can
USA - With perseverance, a vision and a good message, a congregation can grow beyond expectation. Such is the case with Life Centre Ministries in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a church that has continued to expand since its formation in 1978 as Word Fellowship. In 1994, it adopted the name Life Centre, attracting exponentially more attendees that, in turn, required a larger location. So, in 1999, the congregation moved into a spacious industrial building, a former AMP Corporation showroom.
Enter Clair Brothers in 2015, whose role in helping to fullfil the Life Centre ‘AMPlification’ can’t be overlooked. At first performing minor upgrades to amplifiers and mixing consoles, Clair Brothers has witnessed the church’s continuous growth and has been there every step of the way, right up to today, where we find Life Centre constructing a new balcony within its AMP space to accommodate even more new attendees.
The church has shown interest in purchasing a new PA system to replace what they’ve been using for 15 years. But until now they’ve been waiting to evaluate their needs with regard to the architectural addition of a balcony under a 23ft bar joist ceiling.
Clair Brothers understood the height limitation would require a strategic approach to the expansion of the sound system. Initially budget was a concern. As a result, the church did due diligence by consulting with several installer and audio production companies. But ultimately it was the Clair Brothers experience and clear recommendation to upgrade Life Centre to a larger PA system that won
Germany - German rock/indie band Kraftklub recently undertook their third major tour with Martin Audio’s flagship MLA PA, provided by Complete Audio.
The five-piece outfit is a long-term client of the Berlin-based service provider, having embarked on their first tour of duty with MLA back in 2012.
This time around, the band played mostly arena-sized venues ranging between 8,000-14,000 capacity, with a few club gigs (through house systems) thrown in “for fun”.
The standard PA set-up comprised 13 MLA and a single MLD Downfill per side, with either three and four MLX subs flown next to the main hang to add further sub bass to the bleachers and to support the flown out-hangs comprising 12 MLA Compact. A further 12 MLX along the stage apron, stacked in pairs, were designed as a broadside array.
Joint system techs were Benny Franke and Thomas Birnbaum. And according to Complete Audio MD, André Rauhut, “With flown subs that powerful, they had to pay a lot of attention to time-aligning the MLX properly in order to blend in well with the rest of the system.”
While Franke was taking care of the pre-production and MLA set-up, Nico Lindner took his place in the FOH mix position. It was the latter’s first tour with flown subs and he was more than happy with the outcome. “With this setup, you can easily achieve the same sound in the bleachers, compared with just having subs on the ground.”
At around the same time Complete Audio also had an arena sized MLA system out with German/American rapper Casper on his Lang Lebe Der Tod<
USA - On 4 April, 1966 a local bluegrass band stepped up to the makeshift stage at a small suburban Washington DC restaurant/bar called The Birchmere. Few took notice of it at the time, but their performance on that cold April evening marked the start of an American music hall legend, giving rise to a venue that would count Bob Dylan and Bill Clinton as audience members and play a pivotal role in the careers of stars like The Indigo Girls, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Matthews, Vince Gill, and k.d. lang.
Gary Oelze, the Kentucky native who booked the original bluegrass band because he wanted to boost traffic at his restaurant, still owns The Birchmere. He still comes to work every night too – and he’s still open to new ideas for enhancing his business. This openness was very evident recently when he okayed a lighting system upgrade that features Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures, supplied by JR Lighting Design.
“Gary has never been afraid to make changes,” said David Beebe, The Birchmere’s lighting designer and director. “He’s moved the club to larger locations and continuously expanded into new musical genres. He’s always looking outward for ways to do things better, even though we are routinely in Pollstar’s top club listings for worldwide sales. He gives me leeway to do what I want with the lighting, so we continue to remain on the cutting edge.”
A key goal at The Birchmere when adding the Maverick fixtures was to enhance the flexibility of its stage lighting, so it
The Netherlands - At ISE 2018, Atlona will celebrate its 15th anniversary as it continues to bring the best of the AV and IT worlds together. Founded in 2003 by brothers Ilya Khayn and Michael Khain, the company will present an array of products and innovations designed to meet quickly changing customer needs.
Key among these innovations will be the company’s first demonstration of an “All IP Meeting Space,” which will offer a glimpse into Atlona’s complete solutions approach for full campus, multinational corporation, and other enterprise-level AV distribution systems.
“As conventional wired systems fade in favour of more efficient IP-enabled architectures, our customers are looking to invest in more enterprise-based solutions that increase productivity, reduce clutter, and simplify scaling to accommodate growth,” said Ilya Khayn, Atlona co-founder and president.
“Atlona is quickly becoming a complete solutions provider for meeting spaces, classrooms and collaboration environments of any size. With strong positioning across commercial and residential markets globally, 2018 is the year that everything is coming together for Atlona and its customers.”
ISE has long been a launch pad for Atlona’s most significant product innovations, and the company has doubled down over the past three years with 11 new 4K/UHD products launched at ISE 2015; strategic AV over IP and soft codec conferencing introductions at ISE 2016; and the company’s first wireless BYOD switching and networked AV control solution at ISE 2017.
This year at
USA - Audinate, developer of Dante media networking technology, has announced the availability of Dante IP Core, a soft IP solution for audio manufacturers. It allows OEMs working with FPGA-based designs to add Dante audio connectivity to AV products at a lower cost and with greater flexibility than ever before.
Development teams can save time, reduce BOM costs and minimize their internal footprint by using a single FPGA to implement both product applications and Dante audio networking, says Audinate. Dante IP Core efficiently runs alongside OEM product applications such as ASRC, audio encryption, and signal processing on a range of Xilinx FPGAs, providing channel counts up to 512x512 with ultra-low latency and sub-microsecond synchronisation.
Dante IP Core reduces the marginal costs of incorporating Dante in FPGA-based products, offering OEMs greater flexibility in aligning product families. Dante IP Core runs on the widely used Xilinx family of FPGAs. and provides all the interfaces required to be a fully functional Dante endpoint, including SiLabs clock synthesis, serial and parallel audio, DDR2 and SRAM, and a variety of standard control interfaces including UART, SPI and I2C.
“Dante IP Core gives savvy manufacturers something they’ve been requesting for a long time.,” says Chris Ware, senior VP of engineering at Audinate. “By integrating Dante IP into FPGA based product designs, they can save costs, reduce board space, and more easily manage thermal constraints while adding features their customers demand.”
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USA - The charity tour of Texas country singer-songwriter Cody Johnson in aid of those affected by Hurricane Harvey is utilising a number of Chauvet Professional fixtures.
On 17 November, the tour rolled into Beaumont featuring music by Johnson and multi-platinum artist Mark Chestnut as well as rising stars like Parker McCollum. Providing powerful visuals for the evening was a colourful lightshow anchored by Chauvet Professional Rogue, STRIKE and COLORdash fixtures supplied by Texas Stage.
“We wanted a look that was big, bold and colourful to reflect the spirit of the people of this area,” said Jimmy Davidson, Johnson’s regular lighting designer, who created the lightshow. “The Rogues helped us do this with their vivid colours and fast pan and tilt movements, while the STRIKE fixtures added a lot of punch. The lights fed off the music to create an uplifting atmosphere.”
Davidson hung 12 Rogue R2 Washes on downstage truss, where they were used for front washing the performers and for audience lighting. The large crowd was also lit by the eight STRIKE 4 multi-formatted fixtures that were evenly spaced across the downstage truss. “The STRIKE fixtures served our design in a wide range of ways,” said Davidson. “Their warm white glow was great for washing the crowd during some of the more reflective moments of the benefit concert. They also worked really well as strobes and eye candy.”
Adding colour accents and a sense of depth to the stage were the 12 COLORdash Batten-Quad 12 fixtures that Davidson arranged vertically on the faci