italyexpo2020-gallery-4-1Powersoft amps drive Expo 2020 Italy Pavilion
Friday, 26 November 2021

UAE - As many as 25 Italian-made Powersoft amplifiers are handling the audio demands of the award-nominated Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 at the recently opened world fair in Dubai.
Over 28,000 people a day are expected to visit the Italy Pavilion, which centres on a spectacular 3D-printed, 1:1-scale reproduction of Michelangelo’s David created in Powersoft’s home city of Florence, over the next six months.
The pavilion, based on the theme Beauty Connects People, is one of the 192 stands competing for visitors at Expo 2020, which comes to a close on 31 March 2022. The Italy Pavilion is already proving to be one of the most popular attractions, with more than 200,000 visits in October alone, including the thousands who attended concerts by celebrated pianist Ludovico Einaudi and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta.
Key to that popularity is the audio experience created by the pavilion’s all-Italian sound system, which complements a striking, sustainable visual design featuring two million recycled plastic bottles. Powering the system are 25 Powersoft amplifiers supplied by Pro Lab, the company’s exclusive distributor in the GCC countries and Lebanon, and installed by local systems integrator SIBCA.
Two of the five Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D amplifiers are used in the main auditorium and restaurant areas, while another three are equipped in the first hull, the white space, and the skywalk (which offers visitors a panoramic view of the pavilion from an 11m skybridge). Two Quattrocanali 1204 DSP+D, the 2404’s 1

anolis-estrel-berlin-raum-xv-070-photo-courtesy-estrel-berlinAnolis Eminere gets Estrel Berlin in the mood
Friday, 26 November 2021

Germany - Anolis Eminere 1 RGBA LED wall washing lighting fixtures were specified to create mood lighting in a series of breakout rooms in the newest extension to the Estrel Congress Centre (ECC) in Berlin, with the Czech manufacturer also producing some specially adapted ceiling mounting versions of the fixture to suit this project.
The 10 breakout rooms are part of a new 5000sq.m extension project which opened last summer having been under construction for nearly two years, adding an 800 seat auditorium / presentation space and 10 event rooms to ECC’s substantial multi-purpose conference, exhibition and hotel complex which first opened in 1999. It occupies a massive site in the south of Berlin city.
Each of the new rooms can accommodate up to 50 - 240 people, and Estrel’s owner and technical management teams planned mood lighting from the early stages of the design and planning process explains ECC’s technical manager for AV, Thomas Herzberg.
“People in general are much more aware of the power and reach of lighting now, how it can affect thinking and attitude, so we wanted to provide this facility as part of our standard lighting and AV packages,” he explains.
Herzberg and his team chose the Eminere RGBA as the optimum fixture, complete with wide angle lenses as the fixtures had to be mounted close to the wall in each of the rooms.
As Estrel’s requirement was for ceiling mounting units, the factory was willing and able to provide a custom solution for the standard wall mounting

 
 
moto-stage-eventBrompton in the frame for Moto Stage XR
Friday, 26 November 2021

China - Part of the Aochi Production Resource Platform, Moto Group is one of China’s largest commercial advertising resource platforms. It has offices and service teams in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Vancouver, as well as three large-scale production studios and a Fortune 500 clientelle and has recently announced its first Moto Stage XR in Shanghai. Brompton Technology is one of the partners that has invested its technology and technical expertise into developing this new facility.
The studio focuses on the research, development and application of XR visual effects technology, creating seamless connection and a perfect immersion into physical and virtual reality across film, broadcast, TV, advertising and other areas.
The studio’s opening ceremony, held on 16 October, attracted many industry leaders including TVCBOOK, Wunderman Thompson, Havas, Publicis, Hakuhodo, Ogilvy, neone, Advertising ‘godfather’ Tomaz Mo, Infiled, and Base FX among others.
“The opening ceremony offered us a perfect platform to re-connect with our clients and offer them the opportunity to experience the power and multitude of creative possibilities of XR technology,” says Moto founder, Phil Cui. “We also had the Brompton Technology team and other key partners participating in an open discussion about the future of XR and the effect of this reality-blending technology on the creative industry.”
Moto Stage XR comprises a large 14m x 4.4m LED volume made up of INFiLED DB2.6 S8 panels and driven by Brompton Tessera SX40 4K LED processors. A t

 
robe-t11-range-t11-22Video highlights three-in-one Robe T11
Friday, 26 November 2021

Europe - Robe lighting s.r.o has launched the full-form product video for its new T11 luminaire, the latest in its T series.
T11 is a static fixture – available in three versions (Profile, Fresnel and PC) - is designed to be “a perfect investment for any venue - especially theatres and performance spaces - seeking to renew their existing ‘generic’ lighting rigs and upgrade to the latest LED technology with all Robe’s guaranteed reliability and quality”.
This genuine three-in-one solution in a single fixture housing alleviates the additional cost of separate ‘generic’ purchases and looks forward to a more sustainable future, says Robe.
The MSL-TE 350W LED engine itself generates 16,760 Lumens, giving 9,500 lumens from the T11 Profile, 9,600 lumens out of the T11 Fresnel and 9,400 lumens for the T11 PC, and being a TE light source, brings all the advantages of straightforward exchange or replacement.
Building on Robe’s MSL (Multi-Spectral Light) colour ideas and TE (Transferable Engine) technology, the T11 offers the colour finesse that has made the entire T series so successful.
This concept first developed by Robe enables different and interchangeable LED engines in the same fixture hardware, which can be quickly changed / ‘transferred’ in 5 to 7 minutes.
The LED technology also provides identical colour characteristics, responses, and ultimate control of all T series luminaires for precise colour consistency across any Robe lighting installation.
A rapid-change front lens system transforms the T11

 
 
plugfestPlugFest 2022 set for three days in France in March
Thursday, 25 November 2021

France - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 29-31 March 2022 following a two-year hiatus. Organised by PLASA, the popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.
The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) will host a series of workshops and technical break-out sessions and will also provide individual support and guidance. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a wide array of protocols and technical standards, including the ESTA TSC developments.
The 2020 edition of the event sold out well in advance, with leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in 2022 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.
PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in

 
tokyoMartin Audio meets horn recital challenge
Thursday, 25 November 2021

Japan - A classic concert took place recently at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall, featuring Nobuaki Fukukawa. One of the world's most active horn players, he is also principal player in the NHK Symphony Orchestra and a major name in the orchestral world.
At this recent recital, Mr. Fukukawa had the clear desire to emulate his recordings from King Records and play the songs on it in the form of an eight-horn ensemble, by overdubbing himself.
Mr. Fukukawa and King Records consulted with Koichi Ishimaru, sound master at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and he suggested “treating the loudspeakers as musical instruments”. His idea was that Mr. Fukukawa should perform live on stage to create the one part while the seven remaining parts should be played back one by one through the surround speakers, with the recorded source created in Pro Tools.
However, this was no easy task. The system had to be able to reproduce the accurate horn tone and unique localisation with natural sound. To solve this challenge, Mr. Ishimaru selected Martin Audio LE100.
He explains, “I was particular about coaxial speakers because they can accurately express the sound source of musical instruments. I was convinced it was going to be successful.”
Mr. Fukukawa stood in the centre of the stage surrounded by seven chairs, each of which supported an LE100, arranged facing in different directions.
“The bell of the horn is usually facing backwards when being played and so instead of pointing the speaker directly to the audience seats, I tried a similar

 
 
foxingChauvet lights Foxing’s album launch
Thursday, 25 November 2021

USA - Indie/emo band Foxing entitled their fourth studio album Draw Down The Moon. For the album release show at the Pageant theatre in St Louis, designer Gerry Dintleman reflected the mood of the music with a redolent, theatrical lightshow that drew on a collection of over 45 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the venue’s house rig as well as ten Nexus panels rented from Arch City AV.
“I wanted things to have this emotional power, with very dramatic highs and lows, using as little front light as possible, with the exception of specials,” explained Dintleman. “Since the album is called Draw Down The Moon, I added a moon gobo with my Ovation ellipsoidal for the backdrop. Overall, I just wanted to match the wide dynamics of the record and bring Foxing’s live show to a whole new level.”
Back, key and side lighting were critical to Dintleman’s plans to realise this vision for his lightshow. “I’m grateful to Foxing for giving me creative freedom,” he said. “Before I had any plans for this show, I knew I wanted tons of backlight and key light to set the desired mood. I used lots of hard saturated blues, red, and purples with accents of white. The dark monochromatic looks helped the white burst punch even harder; and the choruses, I used with multiple colours to make them look even bigger.
“The side lighting really wound up being the foundation of the rig,” continued Dintleman. “I supplemented most of my front light with side light, sometimes only using one side to get sharp shadows on the artists. They were in ev

 
mark-agerStage One and Mark Ager form partnership
Thursday, 25 November 2021

UK - Stage One Creative Services has announced a partnership with automation specialist Mark Ager, who will take an associate consultant role. The partnership is intended to elevate Stage One’s automation capabilities
Known for designing some of the first modern automation systems, Ager’s expertise has seen him play a key role in the engineering development of the innovative Bridge Theatre, London, and establish one of the foremost suppliers of live entertainment automation systems, Stage Technologies. In 2009 he and co-author John Hastie published Automation in the Entertainment Industry: A User's Guide.
Mark Ager comments: “I’m honoured and excited to be supporting Stage One. Mark, Tim, and Karl have built an incredible team that delivers world class projects! I really am looking forward to being part of the adventure.”
Managing director at Stage One Creative Services, Tim Leigh, adds: “In the world of automation there are few individuals who are as experienced as Mark. I’m delighted to have him on our team and excited about the opportunities this will bring.”

 
 
ledj324Versatile VersiLED 6 offers multi colour control
Thursday, 25 November 2021

UK - Prolight Concepts has announced the release of The VersiLED 6 Wireless from LEDJ - a universal DMX controller designed for controlling multi colour LED fixtures.
Suitable for use with RGB, RGBW/RGBA, RGBWA or RGBWAUV products, with or without dimmer channels the controller may be used for LED par cans, panels or even LED strip lights. The on-board W-DMX transmitter allows for wireless DMX control.

 
ibcIBC 2021 cancelled due to COVID
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The Netherlands - This year’s in-person edition of the broadcast and electronic media industry tradeshow IBC has been cancelled. The event was set to go ahead on 3-6 December at RAI Amsterdam, but a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands has forced the organisers to change their plans.
The decision was made following visitor and exhibitor feedback and with the view to prevent people from travelling to the country in these uncertain ttimes. Instead of the in-person event, the organisers are set to use IBC’s online platform IBC Digital to bring the community together.
Peter White, CEO of the international trade association for broadcast and media technology (IABM), comments: “IBC exists for the industry only. Unlike other events, it is entirely owned by the industry and, thanks to its success over the years, has contributed a great deal through this structure to keeping the broadcast and media sector vibrant and moving forward; there is no substitute for the good work it enables or the sense of community it engenders. It is therefore particularly important that we all get behind IBC now to ensure it can bring back a fantastic show in 2022 and beyond.”

 
 
alhautor-festivalAPG speakers shine over Spanish summer
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Spain - Used for everything from indoor rock shows to open-air flamenco events, Zero Dbs’s APG inventory demonstrated its flexibility over the course of an 80-event summer calendar in southern Spain.
Cabra-based Zero Dbs boasts one of the biggest APG inventories in the region, having worked with the French manufacturer since 2012. For the 80+ live events it helped produce this summer (20 June to 20 September), the company leaned heavily on its APG equipment, which includes 20 Uniline Compact line-array speakers, four SB118 subwoofers, two Unitrack flightcase racks, and ten compact DX (Dispersion series) multipurpose speakers and stage monitors.
Spain saw “an explosion of events” in the summer months, and businesses like Zero Dbs had to be ready to respond to the unprecedented post-lockdown demand for live shows, according to the company’s owner, Juan Antonio Cuevas. “The public reacted with a great desire to go back to attending outdoor events,” he explains. “We must have catered for 35,000 people in just three months”.
As a result, it was an extremely busy three-month period for Zero Dbs, which worked on everything from concerts and festivals to corporate events and theatre shows, and with performers in a dizzying array of genres, including jazz, folk, flamenco and classical music stars such as Dorantes, María José Llergo, Israel Fernández, Kiko Veneno, Fuel Fandango, León Benavente and María Peláe.
To meet the demands of this diverse array of live events, the company made frequent use of the SMX15, APG’s high-performa

 
ninja-warrior-austriaMagicQ meets Ninja Warrior challenge
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Austria - For the two million Austrians who tuned in every Monday to watch the country’s 2021 Ninja Warrior championships, keeping pace with the gifted young athletes as they raced across unstable bridges, swung along series of hanging rings, and hauled heavy weights up a ‘salmon ladder’, would have seemed like an impossible task. But, for Bernhard Endl, it was a matter of routine.
Endl didn’t physically run through the new show’s gruelling obstacle course, but he did keep pace with its athletic participants, when lighting the programme on Austria’s Puls4 network. Powering his 89-universe 936-fixture lighting design was a ChamSys MagicQ MQ500M console.
“This was a fun project with a different set of challenges than you typically face on a tour or other kind of show,” said Endl. “We had to create an even illumination over the entire parkour with all its obstacles. The big thing is that these obstacles changed daily. So, we had to build a flexible design to be able to adjust rapidly to the changes.”
Endl positioned his keylighting from five or six different points along the parkour course, depending how the obstacles were configured for the day. His principal light source were floodlights mounted at the trussing of the obstacles, downside, frontside, backside. He also had profile fixtures on truss oriented in the same direction as the cameras, as well as two to four wash lights focused on each obstacle.
Most of his show was timecoded, but some cues were manually called up. At pivitol moments of victory or defeat, selected cue

 
 
livestreamRogue Hybrids light Sixwire livestream
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

USA - Designer and programmer Keith Hoagland and co-designer Steve Leopard of Leopard Production recently lit a corporate event livestream for country band Sixwire with special guest Steve Augeri, the lead singer of Journey from 1998 to 2006.
Accounting for the small studio space that the livestream was shot in, the two designers deliberately kept their video wall backdrop simple. “In some instances, it’s better to approach video with the less is more mindset, especially when space is an issue,” said Hoagland. “In this case, having a quite backdrop with a series of smaller video walls, allowed us to paint the area between those walls with rich colours. This gave us depth of field for the cameras to read.”
The duo lined the walls of their set with seven video panels in a U-shaped configuration. Rather that show the same images on each, they devoted one or two sections to IMAG images and displayed breakout patterns on the rest.
The multiple images worked to make the space seem larger. Then to give it texture, they covered the floor in vivid washes and a wide range of gobo patterns created with 24 Chauvet Professional Rogue RH1 Hybrid fixtures supplied by MP Productions. (Leopard Production supplied the rest of the gear.)
“We wanted to fill space, not only on the floor, but in the air as well,” said Hoagland. “Given the size of the space, we used a lot of RH1 Hybrids, and we spread them out as much as possible too. Since the space for this shoot was quite small, I wanted to have as much spread on fixtures to cover not only the air

 
outsidelands4Meyer reinforces Outside Lands special
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

USA - San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival now in its 13th year, returned to Golden Gate Park for a special Halloween weekend edition. For three days, more than 74,000 concertgoers flooded into the park’s vast lawns to experience sets by headliners The Strokes, Lizzo, and Tame Impala, along with more than 80 additional acts performing on four stages and in two tents.
Since the event’s inception, festival producer Another Planet Entertainment, Bay Area rental company UltraSound, and Meyer Sound have worked in close collaboration to provide a world-class audio experience.
Since the inaugural festival in 2008, Meyer Sound systems have supported the annual festival’s main stage, with strategic system designs meeting the duelling goals of providing clear, consistent sound and keeping the sound contained within the sprawling urban park, which is surrounded on three sides by residential neighbourhoods.
“In 2019 we did a system redesign, which really helped out with noise mitigation, which is something each year that we really work hard on to try and improve upon,” says Josh Osmond, director of operations at UltraSound. “This year we did a repeat of the same design, which includes a combination of Leo and Lyon main-hangs left and right and Lyon side-hangs. 1100‑LFC subwoofers are flown left and right, and we have a sub arc of 1100-LFCs in the pit and Leopard front-fills.”
The distributed system incorporates five delay towers. The front three employ Leo and Lyon loudspeakers, with the back row of two towers consisting

 
 
peta-jacobi2Drury Lane dedicates fly tower to Alan Jacobi
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

UK - The new fly tower at Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been dedicated to Unusual Rigging founder, Alan Jacobi, LVO (read Rob Halliday's report on the theatre's two-year refurbishment in LSi November 2021). Jacobi passed away in April 2020 and due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, a funeral was restricted to immediate family only.
But last Monday, in the company of 500 friends, family, colleagues and industry peers, Jacobi’s life was celebrated on the stage of the restored Theatre Royal with tributes from those who knew him during his early years, through to royalty and his closest friends and family members who were with him in his final days.
The plaque, unveiled by Jacobi’s wife, Peta, during a livestream from the fly tower at Monday’s event, reads: ‘The refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane Fly Tower was completed in 2020. Dedicated to the memory of ‘AJ’ Alan Jacobi LVO, Managing Director of Unusual Rigging Ltd. AJ’s determination, vision and passion for theatre is embodied in this fly tower and his legacy is clear to see for future generations of large scale productions to grace this magnificent stage’.
The celebration concluded with a performance of Jacobi’s favourite West End musical hits from Dynamic Vocals followed by an elaborate Abba Medley from drag collective - The Globe Girls.
Jacobi’s son Tom Harper who has succeeded him as managing direc

 
freedomBrompton helps The Freedom Experience
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - As the first of its kind, the 1DayLA event saw 20,000 members mobilised between 18 and 24 July to offer communities across the county of Los Angeles help and hope. It culminated in a massive concert named The Freedom Experience, which was hosted at the new SoFi Stadium and subsequently aired on YouTube, where volunteers and contributors from across the Los Angeles region gathered to give one final cheer to this celebration of humanity, and enjoy the experience.
The concert featured a star-studded line-up, with performances from headliner Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly, Chandler Moore, Chance the Rapper, Jaden Smith, and Grammy Award-winning artist, Kari Jobe. 4Wall Entertainment provided lighting, video and rigging, including Brompton 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and ROE Visual LED panels.
“That weekend was just unbelievable for the 4Wall team, and we were so thrilled to provide our service coast-to-coast at The Freedom Experience in Inglewood and Rolling Loud Miami, as well as at the Latitude Festival in the UK,” says Wayne Romanowski, 4Wall account executive/video production.
ROE LED screens adorned the stage powered by Brompton LED processing, ensuring superb image quality. In addition, disguise media servers, Sony camera flypacks, engineering, switching, and recorders were also used.
The centre screen comprised 168 flown ROE Carbon CB5 LED panels in airframes, measuring 24ft wide by 7ft high, driven by a Brompton Tessera SX40 processor with three Tessera XD 10G data distribution units keeping cable runs to a minimum. 4Wall opted for

 
 
robe-stavanger-concert-hall-kon270914348Stavanger Concert Hall installs Esprites
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Norway - Stavanger Concert Hall is a glass and steel architectural building occupying a waterfront location in Norway’s ‘oil capital’, where the hustle of marine-based industries fuse with a passion for culture and live performance.
The venue - busy reopening for an action-packed autumn - has not been quiet during the pandemic period, which has seen the delivery of 66 x Robe Esprite moving lights and 24 ParFect 150s, all part of an ongoing technical upgrade overseen by head of lighting, Nils Foss.
The new fixtures are rigged in the 1,200 seat Fartein Valen concert hall, named after the Norwegian composer Fartein Valen and featuring a magnificent organ made of 65,000 parts. Fartein Valen is home to the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra.
They are also in the fully flexible multi-purpose Zetlitz hall which has capacities of 850 seated and 1,900 standing and is used for a wide range of performance - from rock concerts to contemporary opera. It is named after poet, Lutheran pastor and Stavanger native, Jens Zetlitz.
The Concert Hall has some large highly attractive foyer areas which become flooded with natural light and are also used for various events, and there is a large outdoor amphitheatre for summer shows.
The 48 Robe Esprite Profiles and 18 Esprite PCs are distributed between the two main rooms and have replaced a quantity of older moving lights purchased when the building opened in 2012.
The ParFect 150s have superseded older conventional LED side lights as part of Zetlitz’s permanent house rig.
“It was time for

 
digicowhc1World Harvest Church reaps Quantum rewards
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - World Harvest Church is a major operation. The 122,000sq.ft main building is home to a sanctuary that seats over 5,200 people and contains an auditorium, a television studio, a children's ministry that includes Sunday school for children newborn to sixth grade, the Harvest Preparatory School, the ministry’s administrative offices and more, all on a 57-acre campus in Columbus, Ohio. The church even incorporates Valor Christian College, a co-educational institution located on the property.
The church’s most recent acquisition - a new DiGiCo Quantum338 console, serving as its monitor mixer - is an addition to its existing DiGiCo infrastructure, which includes an SD8 console mixing front of house and an SD-Rack that has now been upgraded to include 32-bit ‘Ultimate Stadius’ microphone pre-amps.
The audio system infrastructure update further involved moving all of the DiGiCo platforms to an Optocore fibre network, handled by Orlando-based Owens Audio Video Design, which also sold the DiGiCo systems, as well as a Nexo PA, when they were installed earlier this year.
“World Harvest Church tends to hang onto their systems and get the most ROI from them as possible, which isn’t unusual,” observes Bob Owens, owner of Owens Audio Video Design. “They’re a long-time customer and a long-time DiGiCo user - we sold and installed the DiGiCo D5 console that they had in the sanctuary for monitors before we sold and installed the SD8 there in 2010. The Q338 is a great choice for them - it takes them light years beyond where the D5 was, with more

 
 
danley-mcfaddenMcFadden Sales becomes Danley partner
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - Ohio-based McFadden Sales is now the Midwest representative for Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers and amplifiers.
“Danley has a great reputation in providing high-quality audio in large venues,” says Andy Kerr, principal of operations for McFadden Sales. “Danley’s product line fits well with our sensibilities in the marketplace and among the other products we represent. Danley Sound Labs provides a technology niche we needed in our portfolio of products and is a great solution for big distributed audio and larger venues we serve.”
“We’re always excited to bring on new partners,” said Mike Hedden, chief steward in charge at Danley Sound Labs. “The McFadden Sales team is well known throughout our industry and we’re excited about the future of this relationship.”
As a Danley partner, McFadden Sales now represents Danley Sound Labs in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
About the new partnership, Kerr notes: “We’ve already received positive feedback regarding this new partnership and we’re excited about the future.”

 
faithSAW solution rounds off Faith Dome renovation
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

South Africa - Faith Broadcasting Network has consolidated a vast following of approximately 264m viewers worldwide since its inception two decades ago, with satellite, terrestrial and digital broadcasts reaching worshippers all around the world. With headquarters in South Africa, and studios in the USA and the UK, MyFaithTV is the largest religious broadcaster on the African continent.
To accommodate such growth, the Faith Dome - the ministry’s base in East London, South Africa - has been undergoing renovations for many years. Parts of the premises have been refurbished to house different aspects of the ministry’s work: including a number of television studios, humanitarian aid warehouses, activity spaces as well as their main broadcasting studio.
In 2015, work commenced on the ceiling to replace it with the dome we see today. Stage Audio Works were called upon to design and integrate a sophisticated audio, lighting and rigging solution for the main arena based on d&b’s A-Series loudspeakers, Cameo and Hog4 lighting with Stage Plus truss.
In early 2021, the ultimate round of renovations to the main broadcast studio was concluded, and the Faith Dome was officially completed. At maximum capacity, the indoor arena holds a staggering 10,500 live attendees, making it the largest in the Eastern Cape.
SAW’s brief was to provide the Faith Dome with audio and lighting solutions to support their existing broadcasting channels, as well as live events. Dr Andre Robert, founder and CEO of the River Group, comments: “It was important for us

 
 
pytchPytch extends Martin Audio inventory
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

UK - Bristol based experiential company Pytch has added to its stock of Martin Audio loudspeakers, used in both their rental stock and virtual studio.
They have purchased a further 24 of the ultra-compact, DD6, utilising Coaxial Differential Dispersion technology. At the same time, they have ordered five SXP118 subwoofers for low frequency extension.
The reason for this latest purchase - which brings Pytch’s stock of DD6’s up to 48 - is to fulfil a contract to provide a full AV package for one of the country’s largest arenas, including an exhibition space. “We have been appointed sole in-house provider to the arena,” confirms Pytch founder, Johnny Palmer.
DD6 has been chosen for its versatility. “Most of our installations are not defined by volume but intelligibility and DD6 has become an essential tool to deliver the customer experience - whether for parties, jazz nights or any genre.”
Popular as near-fills on major concert touring and festival deployment, the DD6 provides an advanced solution to the requirements of even coverage over wide angles and medium throw distances (the short throw horizontal dispersion of 120°, narrowing to 90° as the distance increases).
Palmer sees the DD6 less as simply a loudspeaker but rather as a scientific solution in which the critical element is audibility. “Sound design is all about delivering messages acoustically in a consistently coherent pattern. We focus on the individual audience experience, whether it be from delays or lip fills, and Martin Audio has that capability.

 
rigging-conference-small-logoNew World Rigging Symposium remains virtual
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium, produced by ESTA and USITT, will take place online 5-7 April 2022 whilst the USITT Conference and Stage Expo will take place in person early March. “We’ve heard from presenters and attendees alike that continuing the NWRS conversation virtually is the best choice,” say the organisers.
“The 2022 virtual symposium will allow the widest range of entertainment technicians to further their rigging knowledge, hear about challenging projects, get up to speed on new technologies, discuss current industry challenges, and get their questions answered by a host of subject matter experts.”
The three-day symposium will also include breakout rooms where attendees can get in-depth information from sponsors as well as virtual networking opportunities with attendees and presenters. The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. Registration will open in December and the cost will be $99. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact riggingsymposium@esta.org.

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Hard Times - One third of musicians were still earning nothing after restrictions on live events were lifted this summer, according to UK charity Help Musicians. The music industry is one of the last sectors to recover from the pandemic, it said, with 83% of professional musicians unable to find regular work. The findings are based on a survey of 929 musicians in August. Almost nine in 10 were earning less than £1,000 per month, and 22% were considering giving up music altogether.
Restrictions on live music were removed in England and Wales in July, and Scotland in August, after Covid had kept the live music industry shut for most of the pandemic. Help Musicians said it had seen a 60% increase in people getting in contact for mental health support, with one in eight saying they were experiencing a mental health problem that was preventing them from returning to work.
During the pandemic, the charity distributed £18m to 19,000 struggling musicians. "We recognise that for some musicians, it will take a long time to rebuild and the team at Help Musicians will continue to be available to those musicians who find themselves in real crisis over the months ahead," chief executive James Ainscough said.
Award Categories - Dua Lipa and J Hus will go down in history as the last stars to win best female and male at the Brit Awards. That's because, from next year, the two categories will be combined into a single prize for best British artist, organisers have said. Artists like Sam Smith and Will Young had previously called for the change, saying the cu

 
stan176imageProlight Concepts introduces Kuzar’s K-10
Tuesday, 23 November 2021


UK - Prolight Concepts has added the Kuzar - K-10 7m 500kg ground support tower system to its product offering. The K-10 is an easy-to use ground support tower requiring only one person to setup. It is erected using the integral winch, hoisting the tower over the base’s pivot joints into the vertical position, whilst the rigid steel base gives stability.
The rest of the tower is built with 30 × 30cm Kuzar truss composed of 50mmØ thick tubes with integral brake runner, giving the user an overall height of 7m. Once the tower is erected, the max. 500kg load is lifted with the manual hoist, and non-slip and adjustable supports are used in the base. Adaptors are available separately to integrate with Global Truss F34PL or Global Truss F34 Standard horizontal truss sections.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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