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prolightsProlights hosts international distributor conference
Monday, 14 October 2019

Italy - Prolights staged its annual international distributor conference at its HQ in Minturno.
Welcoming over 150 guests from 40 countries, the conference comprised a week of product demonstrations, keynote speeches, new product previews, networking and team bonding.
The event was opened by Prolights managing director Fabio Sorabella, who welcomed the group and introduced the keynote speeches and corporate presentations outlining the past, present and future vision for the company. Sorabella also outlined the current and future expansion plans for the Italian HQ, aimed at further developing the laboratories and R&D departments.
“We’ve had over 150 people visit us, from our closest customers through to people who want to know more about us and what we do,” he explains. “Couldn’t have asked for a better crowd and the feedback from the conference about where we are heading and our ‘next step’ shows us that we are definitely on the right track - watch this space!”
Paolo Albani, Prolights international sales manager, outlined the confidential future sales and marketing strategy for the company which will be revealed at this year’s LDI in Las Vegas. “I am truly amazed by the response and energy of our distributor network. It was amazing to see everybody contributing and inspiring others. The energy and ideas they contributed really helped make the event a great success. I thoroughly look forward to seeing what the future will bring us."
Prolights and its growing network of distribution partners work synergistically in

robe-the-voice-south-africaRobe finds its Voice in South Africa
Monday, 14 October 2019

South Africa - The 2019 season of The Voice South Africa saw technical supplier Multi-Media and production manager Chris de Lancey ask lighting designer Joshua Cutts of Visual Frontier onboard to help the team deliver the show, which Cutts accomplished with some help from a large Robe moving light rig - nearly 150 fixtures.
The final eight-week series was recorded at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, and aired on M-Net Channel 101.
Josh worked closely with set designer Dewet Meyer, series director Darren Hayward and TV director Nadia White to carve out an ambience for the 2019 season which saw him programme - intensely - 12 songs a week for the eight-week period.
Lighting - together with sound and video equipment - was delivered by rental company Multi-Media with the set built by JDM Sets. All aspects of the technical production were co-ordinated and overseen for Multi-Media by production manager Chris De Lancey.
The performance environment was divided up with a selection of LED screen columns, LED battens and digital LED strips which enabled Josh to break down the set and isolate or merge different areas. The task was to produce the big ‘televisual’ feel that everyone expects from a show like The Voice, with more intricate details and individual treatments for each artist and song.
A major design challenge for this series was dealing with five PA stacks which were part of the L-Acoustics L-ISA multidimensional sound system, which was supplied by Multi-Media, a first on any Voice production worldwide.

 
 
fulcrumFulcrum expands international presence
Monday, 14 October 2019

Europe - Loudspeaker technology specialist Fulcrum Acoustic has appointed Audires BV as its exclusive sales representative for Europe, Middle-East, and Africa.
Audires BV, based in Belgium, will be responsible for Fulcrum product sales and support within their territory. This appointment comes as Fulcrum is expanding its presence in the international market.
“As Fulcrum continues to grow, so does the demand for our products,” says Stephen Siegel, president and co-founder of Fulcrum Acoustic. “Audires will help us serve the EMEA markets directly with experienced representation.”
“My goal at Audires with my team is to represent the best brands in the industry. Fulcrum's exceptional product line, and the solutions they offer, definitely puts them in that category,” says Alain Boone, founder and owner of Audires BV. “I look forward to working closely with Fulcrum's team and the distributors for the EMEA market.”
(Jim Evans)

 
clf-untold-1CLF Lighting headlines Untold festival
Monday, 14 October 2019

Romania - Romania’s largest electronic music event, Untold Festival in Cluj-Napoca, was recently staged for the fifth time.
The main stage was located inside the Cluj Arena stadium and almost all stages were packed with CLF fixtures.
LD André Beekmans from The Art Of Light was responsible for designing the main stage while Chris Das from Four Aces took care of production management and design of the secondary stages. The main goal was to achieve and elevate the light design in comparison to previous years. Fourteen trusses with CLF Ares and Orion fixtures were added to the Arena setup.
“We used the Ares to create a massive audience wash, which worked really well for the livestream as well as pictures. We used Orions as effect lighting and the double spot/beam functionalities meant it was the perfect fixture for creating spherical momentums to hype up the crowd”, says Beekmans.
The stage itself had to be suitable for touring artists with their own floor kits. The house rig ensured the whole stage had a combination of spots, washes and beams. The wings of the stage were filled with scenery. CLF Yara fixtures took care of the small details, whereas CLF Ares fixtures functioned as main scenery wash. Chris Das comments: “Every time, the Ares surprises me in terms of their output and intense colours. Moreover, the flexible diffusor kits make it very easy to find the right balance.”
CLF Aorun beams were used as effect lighting for the complete main stage. “The Aoruns really helped extend the stage visually into the arena itself.

 
 
johnlennonbusJohn Lennon tour bus calls at AES New York
Monday, 14 October 2019

USA - This week’s AES New York Convention will feature its first visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which invites AES attendees to tour its facilities, learn about its mission of inspiring creativity, and participate in the interactive tent experience featuring jam sessions using the latest gear. Daily gear giveaways worth over $6,000 - with gear from Audio-Technica, Focusrite, Genelec, K&M, Neutrik, OWC, and Yamaha - will take place at the bus at 1:00pm each day of the exhibition.
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. In its 22nd year, with the latest technology and gear, the bus continues to be dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios, participation in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions - all in one day.
The Lennon Bus is highly adaptable, designed to provide students, their schools and communities with performances, hands-on demonstrations, remote recordings, and studio sessions customized for their needs, levels of experience and interest. The bus, the physical manifestation of the mission of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus non-profit corporation, travels the country visiting schools, music and technology conferences and events, and partners with communities and media outlets to call attention to the importance of arts and

 
fumcmidlandtx7Danley point source scores at First United
Monday, 14 October 2019

USA - At over 130 years old and counting, First United Methodist Church of Midland, Texas is the oldest church in Midland, an oil industry hub and home to over 100,000 people. The church enjoys local fame because its spacious and beautiful sanctuary was the site of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush’s wedding, and the First Lady’s mother, who is local to the area, is still a member.
A recent sound reinforcement system ‘upgrade’ to line arrays disappointed congregants, staff, and musicians alike because of its murky, indistinct sound. FUMC called in local AV integration firm Romeo Music, who worked with Danley representative Anderson Sales and Marketing to design and install a straightforward replacement system at a fraction of the cost, using Danley’s patented point-source technologies. The new Danley system is a hit, so much so that FUMC is considering a new Danley system for its contemporary worship space as well.
“This was a sensitive situation,” explains Rebecca Lowrey, account manager at Romeo Music. “First United Methodist holds a traditional service in the sanctuary, with reinforced voice, piano, choir, and string quartet. They also have a pipe organ. Many of the solo musicians are paid, which gives you a sense of how much the church respects music. Their new line array system was less than three years old. It was expensive, respectable technology but the wrong application.
“There were many spots in the sanctuary where no one could make out what the pastor was saying, and everywhere else it was muddy and reve

 
 
sergekampfStardust & Chauvet dare to shine
Monday, 14 October 2019

France - Campus Serge Kampf Les Fontaines, a XIXth Century château nestled in a wooded area 57km north of Paris is a meeting and conference centre that regularly business leaders from throughout Europe.
Let’s Dare is a new immersive video and lighting environment created by Stardust Group with help from Chauvet Professional ÉPIX fixtures.
“We have been the technical service provide to Serge Kampf Campus for some time,” says Stardust Group development director Eric Matouk. “Through our association with the campus we work on many events for CAC 40 companies, so we must always be innovative and forceful, which suits our own spirit as an organisation. For the Let’s Dareexperience we placed guests in a 180° video environment that evokes a ‘virtual reality’ sensation, but without the glasses. We want to engage our audience while still conveying a sense of real life.”
Stardust Group extended the impact of this immersive video wall by installing 60 ÉPIX Strip IP fixtures. The company’s team, which included technical director Tony Gueniffet, site supervisor Cédric Cousin, audiovisual managers Tony Chauvin and Sebastien Parent, and systems operator Florimon, positioned 30 of the one-meter RGB LED linear fixtures in various positions on either side of the video wall. The strips were powered by three IP drivers.
“Immersing the audience in a video display in a 460-seat auditorium is big undertaking,” says Matouk. “We had to offer something other than projection or a LED wall. The ÉPIX IP was a clear choice becaus

 
jbl-nzJPRO hosts JBL demo in Christchurch
Monday, 14 October 2019

New Zealand - Distribution and AVC support company JPRO presented an exclusive demo of the JBL VTX A8 line array to a group of entertainment and commercial industry representatives in Christchurch.
The VTX A8 is a compact line array system available in various formats for small to medium size installed and tour configurations. VTX A8 and its bigger brother VTX A12 have impressed this year during NZ's Summer Festivals - being used extensively with touring artists and music festivals such as Toto, UB40, Slayer, KORA, Sound Splash and The Hollies.
The demo took place at the newly rebuilt Christchurch Town Hall in the James Hay Theatre.
“It’s fantastic that we are able to use venues such as the James Hay Theatre to allow audiences to get a first-hand impression of the JBL VTX A8,” comments JPRO’s Nicholas van Dyk, sales manager South Island. “This is a new sound from JBL and it is important for people to experience the transparent, smooth sound for themselves. I enjoyed seeing their response when the system is run in full range - we had jaws dropping when we told guests that we were not running the subs.”
After a full range demo, JBL’s new generation of subwoofers, VTX B18 were used in cardioid configuration, while the VTX M Series touring wedges were demonstrated on stage.
Due to a tight schedule the crew were able to provide a fast setup - with final system checks ready to go in less than 90 minutes. “This is thanks to the VTX A-series newly devised world-leading rigging system, travel carts and packaging system, which al

 
 
arx-logoARX appoints Gala Pro AV in the UAE
Monday, 14 October 2019

UAE - ARX has appointed Gala Pro AV as its distributor in the United Arab Emirates.
Based in Dubai, Gala is a leading pro AV and lighting solutions provider who also represents Bosch, Lavoce Italiana and Odyssey. The company is exhibiting at the upcoming Prolight+Sound Middle East expo (15-17 October) in Dubai.
“Gala are ideally placed in the UAE to strengthen our brand and to build sales in a market where we see a great potential for growth,” comments Colin Park, managing director of ARX Systems.
(Jim Evans)

 
lfps-premieresLFPS in the spotlight at movie premieres
Monday, 14 October 2019

UK - Throughout a busy summer, event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has been supporting a number of major UK cinema releases, includingThe Lion King, Toy Story 4, Aladdin, Yesterday, Good Omens and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Working on behalf of client Limited Edition Event Design, recent projects required custom-built solutions tailored to the associated media campaigns and movie branding. 
Complementing the colourful look of Toy Story 4, LFPS built a series of frames to surround the LED video walls which flanked the red carpet. Finished in a gloss blue laminate, the surrounds incorporated over 400 LED cabochons to mimic the fairground theme in the films advertising campaign. The same look extended to a 3D ‘step and repeat’ structure used for cast photos and an interview stage.
The LFPS team were back in Leicester Square to provide decking structures for the UK premier of Disney’s The Lion King. With the premiere screened in both the Odeon and Cineworld cinemas on different sides of the site, the project required the construction of a pair of walkways and raised bridges which allowed guests and celebrities to pass from the central gardens over the perimeter railings and back down to each destination. LFPS also provided the ornate stage structure which formed the centrepiece of the event.
LFPS managing director Rob Myer comments: “Over the years, our design and fabrication

 
 
rhythmic-gymnastics-centre-11Elation gets rhythmic in Moscow gym
Monday, 14 October 2019

Russia - Dominated by Russian gymnasts, rhythmic gymnastics has been a particular success for Russia since gaining worldwide recognition as an Olympic sport in 1984. In Moscow, construction of a new gymnastics venue was recently completed, the Irina A. Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, a world-class facility that houses a flexible Elation Professional lighting system.
Featuring a main performance arena and facade that resembles the wave of a gymnastic ribbon, the Irina A. Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Centre, named after one of the most successful gymnastics coaches of all time, can host any type of gymnastics event from local competition to world championship.
As the sports facility was designed to be multifunctional in order to accommodate training and competition across a variety of events, as well as concerts, shows and special events, Elation distributor LPD Tech was contracted to provide a versatile lighting system. With flexibility essential in gymnastics, perhaps it was appropriate that the new venue’s lighting system was expected to possess that same resilient quality.
Faced with the challenge of finding a multi-faceted luminaire that could add flair to opening and closing ceremonies while doubling as a multi-purpose concert and show light, after consultations with several lighting designers, LPD chose the Elation Platinum FLX hybrid moving head to fulfil the many roles.
“The Platinum FLX is an award-winning, multifunctional spot, beam and wash fixture that is as bright as a 1,200-watt fixture so was perfect for t

 
etcdubai-2ETC to open new facility in the Middle East
Friday, 11 October 2019

UAE - ETC is opening a new facility, ETC Dubai - The Studio.
Located in the Zee Tower in Dubai's Media City, the space will act as a ‘central hub’ providing training and product demonstration areas as well as a visualisation suite for pre-programming shows.
The facility will be unveiled on 31 October with a launch event during which ETC will present its latest technologies, including the PLASA Award for Innovation-winning Augment3d programming tool, and preview brand new ETC and High End Systems products. Find out how to attend the opening event here.
“The Studio space will be a central hub for training both ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 consoles in the Middle East presented by top product specialists. We plan to expand the range of courses on offer even more next year,” comments Mark Larcombe, regional sales manager for the Middle East.
“The addition of The Studio is a key move as we continue to grow our presence in the Middle East territory. We look forward to further building customer relations and being able to provide additional post-sales support in the region,” adds sales manager for ETC Ltd, Darren Beckley.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
laser-safety-officer-seminarsinenglishLaserworld Academy offers LSO seminars
Friday, 11 October 2019

Germany - The Laserworld Academy is holding an LSO-certified laser safety officer seminar in Munich in January 2020, with more dates set to be announced shortly.
The organisation holds events dedicated to laser safety and the training and education of Laser Safety Officers across Europe. This upcoming seminar, to be held in English at the Leonardo Hotel Munich City South, addresses regulations in Germany which require a laser safety officer (Laserschutzbeauftragter) to take responsibility of any laser system class 3R, 3B or 4 that is used. It is suitable for those utilising lasers in trade and for show/display applications, as well as for industrial purposes.
The contents of the LSO seminars meet the requirements of the German legal framework for laser use (OStrV and TROS) and base on the international regulatory IEC 60825-1. Upon successful completion, participants qualify as Laserschutzbeauftragter for work with laser systems in Germany.
“The more diverse the society gets, and the more companies work all across Europe and worldwide, the more demand came up for those specific Laser Safety Officer Seminars in English language for the German market,” explains Norbert Stangl, CMO of the Laserworld Group and head of the Laserworld Academy. “We can definitely see the demand for this kind of certification and have therefore scheduled the first dates for 2020.”
Further details and reservations are ava

 
nx-4-3Obsidian NX 4 now shipping
Friday, 11 October 2019

USA - Obsidian Control Systems has reported its NX 4lighting controller is now shipping. Equipped with professional features and prepared to host Obsidian’s Dylos pixel composition engine, the NX 4 is the latest member of the Onyx lighting control platform and is designed to handle even the largest show with ease. With a well-arranged combination of motorized and manual faders, along with an array of playback buttons, it offers 44 total playbacks in a compact yet extremely powerful package.
Using the latest in industrial components, the NX 4 includes a high-brightness, 15.6”, full-HD multi-touch screen with support for two external 4K touch displays. Eight assignable parameter encoders, a dedicated Intensity encoder, an assistive mini-touch screen, full keypad and command section, and a dedicated grand master make for an intuitive control surface. Two independent playback sections offer instant access. The main playback with 10 motorised faders plus 10 play-pairs allow for quick page changes while the sub playback with 12 faders and 12 button playbacks means important cues are always at your fingertips.
The console houses a powerful new Intel Hexa-Core processor, high-speed NVMe SSD drive and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Fast boot times, instant operation and the ability to process 64 Universes right inside the console without the need for costly external processing networks results in unprecedented power in this form factor.
The NX 4 is also ergonomic with motorised playback faders, short depth, easy screen access, full Onyx command and keypad section,

 
 
electricsunsets4photocreditcruise-with-ben-and-davidMavericks on board for nineties music cruise
Friday, 11 October 2019

UK - In early September, passengers boarded Marella Explorer for a four-day journey. As it plied the North Sea, the 866ft vessel wasn’t so much taking those on board to a place, as it was a time on the immersive Electric Sunsets: Cruise Back to the 90s cruise, produced by ted (The Entertainment Department).
The decade of Spice Girls and boy bands, grunge and hip-hop came to life on the top deck of Marella Cruises’ well-appointed ship, complete with performances from Top 10 artists of the era like B*Witched and 5ive, DJ sets, costume contests, and an updated 90s-style lighting design that featured 12 Chavet Professional Maverick Storm 1 Wash fixtures supplied by Impact Production Services.
Working for ted, José Lorenzo of José Lorenzo Lighting Design placed eight of the IP65 rated units (two apiece) on four T-truss structures located around the pool deck. The remain four units were hung on back truss behind the main stage. From these positions, the Maverick Storm 1 Washes covered the entire event area with punchy, fast-moving, multi-coloured effects.
“I was born in the 90s, but was too young to be clubbing,” explains Lorenzo. “So, I did a lot of research. I believe that when you talk about partying in the 90s, it brings everyone back to the effects of stroboscopic lights, lasers, moving lights, colour-changing lights, and smoke. When I was doing my research, all the videos looked smoky, and all involved the effects I just mentioned. This is what I tried to recreate, but with a modern technology touch. It was a lot of fun, and I’m

 
sennheiserMLU switches to Sennheiser SpeechLine
Friday, 11 October 2019

Germany - Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) uses Sennheiser wireless systems in its lecture halls and seminar rooms to convey the spoken word in the best possible audio quality. It currently has 53 wireless channels from the Sennheiser SpeechLine Digital Wireless series operating in the DECT range.
The systems are spread around different university locations and were installed successively over a period of two years. The conversion from UHF to DECT frequencies has not yet been completed at Martin Luther University – an application to purchase further Sennheiser wireless systems has already been made. The homogeneous wireless equipment at the Universitätsplatz, the Steintor Campus, the Weinberg Campus and the Francke Foundations simplifies both handling and servicing.
Up to three SL Rack Receiver DW units are used in typical lecture halls at MLU. These are employed together with wireless table microphones (SL Tablestand 133-S DW) and handheld or bodypack transmitters. The SL Handheld DW transmitters are all equipped with MME 865-1 super-cardioid condenser capsules, while the SL Bodypack DW transmitters are operated with clip-on or head-worn microphones.
The lavalier microphones (Sennheiser MKE 1 with omnidirectional pick-up pattern) are always kept in the lecture halls and seminar rooms on the Weinberg Campus, while the SL Headmic 1 head-worn microphones (omnidirectional pick-up pattern) together with their corresponding bodypack transmitters are issued to the teaching staff each semester, not least for reasons of hygiene, and are s

 
 
tsrpersfotodphighres-7389TSR AV adds dBTechnologies Vio system
Friday, 11 October 2019

The Netherlands - dBTechnologies has added another user to its Vio family. TSR AV - Audiovisual Interactions is the first company in the Netherlands to acquire the Vio line array system. The company has decided to purchase several elements of the VIO system. In total, TSR AV added 16x VIO L212, 12x VIO L210 and 16x VIO S218 modules to its rental inventory.
Han Wassink, managing & sales director and founder of TSR AV, comments, “We see great potential for the audio system in the Dutch market. As a long-standing dB Technologies user we have great trust in the expertise and quality of the dBTechnologies brand. With the Vio system, dBTechnologies has taken an enormous step in technical development. And last but not least, we are very satisfied with the dBTechnologies R&D team.”
Martijn Groot, managing and operations director adds: “One of the goals in purchasing the system was to show the Dutch market how excellent the quality and sound of dBTechnologies systems is. Not only as a company, but also as AV technicians, we are very satisfied with the quality of the VIO system. We are really proud to be the first company in the Netherlands to use the Vio system.”
The Vio L212 is dBTechnologies' full-size line array for large sound reinforcement applications. Despite its fully active design, the Vio L212 is one of the most compact and lightweight 2x12" line array systems in its class.
(Jim Evans)

 
powersoftPowersoft adds clarity to World Expo City
Friday, 11 October 2019

China - Powersoft amplifier platforms have been chosen to drive the new audio system installed at Qingdao World Expo City (QWEC), a 32,000sq.m conference venue in the ancient coastal city of Qingdao.
The upgrade, handled by EZ Pro, focussed on QWEC’s Great Hall, which accommodates up to 1,500 people, has an area of 3,000 sqm, and can even be divided into two parts.
“We hoped to create a destination that is, in terms of scale and technology, far ahead of anything else in Northeast Asia,” says general manager Zhao Guangjun.
The venue was to be equipped with world-class audio-visual equipment to meet the needs of a variety of international and domestic high-end conferences. With this forward-thinking ethos in mind, Powersoft amplifier platforms were chosen.
“Powersoft products offer a traditionally amazing sound quality and reliability,” says Alan Ho, senior VP of business development at EZ Pro. “The Smart Rails Management (SRM) technology allows us to maximise the efficiency of the system and drastically reduce power consumption at any load and for any usage conditions. Its exclusive dampening coefficient compensation technology can also solve problems like line power loss that is caused by remote transmission.”
In total, EZ Pro installed 46 of Powersoft’s Quattrocanali 1204 amplifier platforms, as well as 23 of the Quattrocanali 2404 DSP+D. These particular versions of the Quattrocanali grant the integrator in-depth control and monitoring of all the signals via ArmonìaPlus, so that the sound can be tailored to suit any cu

 
 
Christie RealLaser gets green light for LFF
Friday, 11 October 2019

UK - Following a successful debut last year, Christie has announced that Christie RealLaser is the flagship projection technology for the 63rd BFI London Film Festival (LFF) in partnership with American Express.
Once reserved for the premium cinema market, RGB pure laser is now affordable and ready for mainstream cinema adoption, making it perfect for the return of the much-loved 820-seat ‘pop-up’ Embankment Garden Cinema (EGC). Described by BFI head of technical services, Dominic Simmons as, “One of the highest quality temporary cinemas ever seen”, this year the EGC hosts its first international premiere (Martin Scorsese’s hotly anticipated The Irishman from Netflix) in a stellar line-up of gala screenings.
Christie has worked with the BFI on the projection set-up since the BFI first made the bold move to build a full, state-of-the-art temporary cinema, providing the festival with a central London venue nestled in the tranquil Embankment Gardens just by the river. “The EGC has become an absolute favourite and has gained a surprising level of affection in just four years. Many people say it is their favourite venue and a shame it’s only available two weeks a year,” remarked Simmons.
“It’s loved not just by the public and BFI staff, but filmmakers who are often really surprised at the quality. One said it was the best screening of his film he had seen. This a really high-spec install which is what we wanted, it is as good as a permanent cinema, especially using Christie RealLaser projection with such bright colours, higher

 
pori-jazzDiGiCo SD consoles drive Pori Jazz Festival
Friday, 11 October 2019

Finland - The Pori Jazz Festival is one of the oldest music festivals in the world. Technical provider for the event, rental company Aku’s Factory Oy, provided audio support which included multiple DiGiCo consoles for this event’s main stage.
Pori Jazz Festival started in 1966, with 2019 being its 54th consecutive year. The majority of the festival takes place on the beautiful Kirjurinluoto park island in the heart of the coastal city of Pori and delivers a diverse music programme that attracts artists from around the world.
This year’s main stage headliners were Stray Cats, Christina Aguilera and Toto, with popular local artists including contemporary singer-songwriter J Karjalainen, and global artists such as world music singer-songwriter, actor and activist Angélique Kidjo and living jazz legend, saxophonist Archie Shepp, also gracing its stages.
House consoles for the main stage were a DiGiCo SD10 and SD12 for front of house and an SD10 at the monitor position, plus an SD-Rack with 32-bit Stadius I/O cards. Guest consoles also included an SD9 and SD5.
“The majority of performances on the main stage used DiGiCo consoles,” says front of house engineer Jorma Tikka from DiGiCo’s Finnish distributor, Audico, which supplies consoles and provides support to Aku’s Factory Oy and who has been working on the festival’s main stage since 1992. “Typically, guest engineers who come here are demanding and technically knowledgeable. DiGiCo consoles have been the first choice of console for most of the engineers when we look at the tech

 
 
dragon-raceCCTV wins Dragon boat race with Lectrosonics
Friday, 11 October 2019

China - National television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) used Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment from audio distributor Beijing Pacific Budee Technology Development Co. to record ambient sound during the dragon boat race at the 2019 Dragon Boat Festival recently held in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian. CCTV captured the sound using the WM Watertight Belt-Pack Transmitter, Venue Receiver, M152/5P Lavalier, and ALP620 Antennas.
The Dragon Boat Festival is an annual traditional Chinese holiday held on the fifth day of the fifth month near the Summer Solstice. Before 221 B.C., this day of the year was considered unlucky, and to counter this, Chinese cultural practices evolved to include the Dragon Boat Festival, a day for clearing disease and bad luck. A more modern celebration of the holiday includes the commemoration of the poet and minister Qu Yuan, who drowned in the Miluo River. Locals raced into the river to try to save him, and when they could not retrieve his body, they dropped balls of sticky rice into the water so fish would feast on rice rather than their beloved minister. This is said to have been the origins of the dragon boat races.
Today, some of the most widespread activities at the Festival include eating and preparing Zongzi, drinking Realgar wine, and racing dragon boats, a canoe-sport where the boats are generally decorated with Chinese dragon heads and tails for the competition.
“One of the most important parts of the festival is its dragon boat race. CCTV makes sure to broadcast one of the competitions on

 
l-acoustics-allianz-arena3Allianz Arena installs Kara system
Friday, 11 October 2019

Germany - Inaugurated in 2005, Munich’s Allianz Arena, with its striking façade of almost 3,000 air-filled panels which made it the first stadium to display a full colour-changing exterior, is one of the best-known football stadiums in the world.
Inside, too, the three-tiered stadium construction leaves an impression on the 75,000 plus spectators who come to see top national and international sport, and especially to support home football team Bayern Munich. For this season, the sound system in the Allianz Arena has stepped up its game. In cooperation with the engineering and planning office Müller-BBM, L-Acoustics certified provider system integrator, Wilhelm & Willhalm event technology group, have installed an extensive Kara system from L-Acoustics.
Since the Arena opened, Wilhelm & Willhalm has been the infotainment technology service provider to the venue, and won the upgrade project when Müller-BBM launched a tender for the new sound system which would provide optimized, uniform sound level distribution across all three tiers, improve of the transmission quality for music playback, as well as increase speech intelligibility for announcements. In addition, the new system needed to anticipate the upcoming Euro 2020 where, as part of the first pan-European European Football Championship, the only matches in Germany will be staged in there.
"The membrane roof of the Allianz Arena creates considerable reverberation in the spectator area. For this reason, care was taken to design a system that delivers sound to the spectators, minimizing

 
 
julien-clerc-tours-with-hog-4-3Julien Clerc tours with Hog 4
Friday, 11 October 2019

France - Singer-songwriter Julien Clerc’s latest tour sees lighting programmer Vincent Zanello at the helm with a High End Systems Hog 4 console. The 150-date tour is celebrating 50 years of uninterrupted success for Clerc, visiting a combination of arenas and festivals over the course of two years.
Lighting designer Dimitri Vassiliu's design for the arena tour incorporates a structure of white canvases with geometric shapes, symbolizing a tree and serving as a support for light and video. The spectacle has been adapted for a series of recent festival dates.
"In a festival setting, I ask for a hundred fixtures to be sure I have enough to face the evening sun,” says Zanello.
In such conditions the Hog 4 really stands out. With a larger than average screen and remarkable glass finish, full sun is no match for the console. The entire interface is clearly displayed and the touchscreen feels rigid yet precise.
On his Hog, a page dedicated to festivals allows Zanello to prepare some cues that he then plays live. "For the festival dates, it’s very much about direct access,” he notes. “It was much more ‘stacked’ on the arena tour. I do always keep in mind that this is Dimitri’s design, not mine, so I don’t do anything to distort it."
Zanello was working as a technician on tour with singer-songwriter Pascal Obispo when he first encountered Vassiliu. The pair worked together on several consecutive tours and mutual admiration ensued. "Dimitri was the one who gave me the opportunity to do this job when he asked me to work on the St

 
roundtable-ph1920pxAudinate to host best practices roundtable
Friday, 11 October 2019

USA - A roundtable discussion exploring the transformative effects networked AV has on learning and higher education will take place at 11am, PT on 29 October. The event includes an in-person discussion between multiple AV experts. A live Q&A, where webinar attendees can ask questions of the participants, will occur immediately after the discussion. Registration for the webinar is open now at: www.audinate.com/ddm-edu
The roundtable event is hosted by Audinate, developer of the Dante AV networking technology, and brings together experts from the University of Southern California, University of Oregon, Arizona State University, University of Colorado, Denver and Brigham Young University - Idaho.
“When we talk with our partners about how they are using networked AV we always come away impressed at their innovation and ingenuity,” said Joshua Rush, senior vice president of marketing at Audinate. “This is especially true in the higher education market. We realised it would be incredibly beneficial to bring together some of the leading minds utilising networked AV in higher education - and then share that discussion with the industry at large.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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