sonic-waveSonic Wave partners with Sennheiser in UAE
Monday, 11 December 2017

UAE - Audio visual solutions provider Sonic Wave has struck a partnered with Sennheiser to distribute a range of wired and wireless microphones and studio headphones from the German manufacturer.
The company has stocked wired mics from Sennheiser’s Evolution range; professional headphones like the HD-25s; and Neumann studio monitors and select models from Neumann’s range of recording microphones.
The announcement coincides with the opening of Sonic Wave’s Dubai showroom yesterday (Sunday, 10 December), with Sennheiser demo units to be available for testing at the new premises from this Wednesday, 13 December.
Andrew Williams, managing director at Sonic Wave, says: “Clients in the UAE are demanding reliable high-quality products with world-class support. Sennheiser delivers on these requirements with a catalogue of products and models that supports a full range of applications.”
Ryan Burr, technical sales manager for Sennheiser Middle East, adds: “Sonic Wave has a good understanding of the UAE’s music industry and enjoys great brand recognition with locally-based DJs and home production specialists. Sennheiser is always keen to engage with these professionals and Sonic Wave’s connections and new showroom will make us more accessible than ever before to this segment.”
(Jim Evans)

parrtjima6smMandylights over the mountains for Parrtjima
Monday, 11 December 2017

Australia - The Parrtjima Light Festival is held in Alice Springs, Central Australia, and showcases the oldest continuous culture on Earth through the latest technologies.
Through a spectacular world of light and sound, contemporary and traditional Indigenous stories and artwork are brought to life under the night sky on an unprecedented scale.
Illuminating the 300m-year-old MacDonnell Ranges and spilling into Alice Springs Desert Park, Parrtjima is an outdoor gallery experience presenting local artwork, culture and stories through interactive installations.
The sheer scale of the lighting on the MacDonnell Ranges makes Parrtjima Australia’s longest-ever light show installation stretching for 2km.
Mandylights were contracted by AGB Events, creative consultants and producers of Parrtjima, to tackle this light installation and they worked closely with the local indigenous Arrente people to ensure its success.
“We wanted the entire two kilometres of content to be as animated and moving as possible,” explained Richard Neville, managing director of Mandylights. “We also wanted the event to be more theatrical than the previous year, consequently we designed a six and a half minute long light show that moved from lighting positions around the localised viewing areas, then up into projected images across the ranges and finally across fixtures that we scattered over the sides of the mountains which were able to shoot back towards the viewers.”
With such an enormous canvas and a ridiculously long throw

adlib-enter-shikari-olympia-1-2rAdlib sparks up for Enter Shikari tour
Monday, 11 December 2017

UK - Hard rock band Enter Shikari are always pushing the boundaries of experimentalism as proved during their latest outing with an Adlib supplied quadrophonic system.
During the initial stages of the tour design, Andy Russell (FOH) wanted to specify a system that would push boundaries in audio fidelity. He wanted to connect the massive energy emanating from the stage to Shikari’s devoted fan base. So, hand-on-heart, Adlib systems engineers George Puttock and Sam Proctor together with Adlib account manager and director Dave Jones all recommended Coda AiRAY as the right option.
They specified the system - known for its low distortion, extreme output and intense clarity - based on Andy’s brief of delivering a truly stunning live experience for anyone catching the tour.
Andy has worked with Enter Shikari for the last 11 years and knows exactly how they and he like it to sound - raw, powerful, intricate and detailed - all in the same breath. He aims to achieve a big, bold sound with lots of creative effects to accompany the all-important volume and sub bass.
They were initially inspired to go down the quad route by Roger Waters Dark Side of the Moon surround sound performance at Coachella in 2008. It was a technique they utilised on the last arena tour (February 2016) which was also serviced by Adlib and system engineered by Sam Proctor.
However, for this tour, they took a much bolder quad approach.
The desire was to completely immerse the audience in the sound and wrap them up in an exciting sonic journey. The goal was to

pressrelease-plasaseminars-1Big names to join PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 seminars
Monday, 11 December 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated event for entertainment technology, has announced more seminars and workshops for the upcoming show at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 17-18 January 2018. This year's seminar programme will feature representatives from The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Shure, the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC. It is free to register for the show, which brings international brands and expertise to regional professionals working in lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging sectors. 
Adlib, one of the longest-established technical production companies in the UK, is set to bring big lighting and audio brands to the show, providing a hands-on experience. Newly-added seminars will focus on large-scale light and sound design, approaches to mental health, changes to audio bandwidth, and building a successful lighting team.
Adlib will be hosting practical sessions introducing the functionality and workflow of various digital mixing consoles. Allen & Heath will introduce the latest SQ series compact digital mixers; Midas will showcase their M32 console; DiGiCo will present their S-Series and SD12; and L-Acoustics will demonstrate their sensational new Syva colinear source loudspeaker system. The action continues into the evening with a drinks reception from 5PM.
New additions to the programme provide technical insights for installations, personnel advice for lighting teams, crucial information for audio

lia-61SGM features at 2017 Lights in Alingsås
Monday, 11 December 2017

Sweden - Since 1999, Lights in Alingsås has been a yearly tradition, bringing together lighting designers and design, architecture, and electrical students to create multiple beautiful light installations. The five-week long festival is the culmination of an intensive week-long workshop, where the lighting designers and students work intensively to artistically illuminate various public spaces. The 2017 edition was another success, where SGM was represented on three different sites.
The seven installations light each site, all representing different emotional states.
With help from SGM’s G-4 Wash-Beam, site three portrayed the feelings one gets during a lifetime; with one end of the installation representing the past and negative aspects, while the other end represented the future with personal and professional growth.
Site four was an installation created at the courthouse, to transmit the feelings and experiences one goes through in such a setting.
“Our idea was to show how different stages of concern move within a building structure depending on different scenarios,” explained lighting designers Simon Malmström and Magnus Almung.
SGM’s G-Profile projector was used to illuminate the pathway towards the courthouse entrance escorted by music, dramatically building up the tension. Then, framed by the G-Profile, the audience would reach the front door, marking the beginning of the process.
“We chose the G-Profile because we needed to create an effective movement with a limited amount of installed light sources, not

pwslatingrammysstoffocrewProfessional Wireless teams up on Latin Grammys
Monday, 11 December 2017

USA - The 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards is one of the biggest nights in Latin music. Broadcast on the Univision Network, the 2017 show was recently hosted by Jaime Camil and Roselyn Sanchez at the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Since 2005, Univision has tapped Orlando, Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) to provide RF coordination and equipment for the live show viewed by 8 million people around the world - and this year was no different.
“RF coordination in Las Vegas is always difficult - coordination for an award show the size and scope of the Latin Grammys is truly a challenge,” explains James Stoffo, lead RF coordinator for the show. “We start weeks in advance, planning everything down to the last channel to ensure the show goes off without a hitch, it was the smoothest Latin Grammys I have ever worked thanks to the outstanding RF team and technical management by Univision’s Mike Karsch.”
PWS provided more than 250 channels of wireless systems including Shure Digital Axient, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica wireless microphones, 28 channels of Shure PSM-1000 in-ear monitor systems, along with Radio Active Design UV-1G and Reidel Bolero wireless intercoms.
In addition to Stoffo, PWS provided RF intercom technician Gary Trenda to manage more than 80 users on wireless intercom systems. RF Technician Jason Lambert was responsible for system integration between both inside and outside of the venue, while Jordan Smith managed distribution of all the wireless intercom and related equ

willrogersshrineDanley Jericho Horn reinforces Will Rogers Shrine
Monday, 11 December 2017

USA - Integration company Houlton Audio/Video Applications recently replaced the sound system at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun in Colorado Springs, the tomb of philanthropist and entrepreneur Spencer Penrose, who died tragically in a plane crash.
The Shrine plays a measured role in the lives of all the denizens of Colorado Springs – like a traditional church bell, it chimes on the hour and on the 15 minutes in standard Westminster code, in addition to playing clarions at special times and on special days.
Houlton replaced the inefficient 2,500-watt system comprised of e18 amplifiers, 36 1.5-inch compression driven horns, and 36 15-inch loudspeakers that had previously conveyed the Maas-Rowe carillon chime system to the town, with a very efficient 10,000-watt system comprised of a single four-channel Danley DNA 10K4 Pro amplifier and a Danley J3-94 Jericho Horn.
“Just the old tweeters and woofers alone came it at nearly 800 pounds. We had to pull them out with a crane,” recalled Jeff Houlton, company president. “That system had been in place since the late 1970s, burning a ton of electricity during all the waking hours over all those many decades.
“We’ve recently become acquainted with the advantages of Danley’s innovative Synergy Horn and other patented technologies, and we thought the Will Rogers Shrine would be an excellent opportunity to take advantage of Danley’s pattern control, fidelity, and efficiency. Indeed, if we had replaced the old system’s failing parts, it would have been more expensive than the entirely new

mmr-dealers-choice-award-chauvetdjChauvet DJ wins MMR Dealers Choice Award
Monday, 11 December 2017

USA - Chuavet DJ received the MMR Dealers’ Choice Award for Lighting Line of the Year for a fifth consecutive time. Presented by MMR magazine, the award is based on voting by music dealers across the USA.
“Chauvet DJ has had a virtual lock on this category – and it’s easy to see why,” wrote MMR in its report on the awards. The magazine singled out the company’s “innovative designs and value-oriented prices” as keys to its enduring popularity among music dealers.
“This award is especially meaningful to us since it is based on voting by the dealers who interact with our end-users on a daily basis,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We’re especially proud of winning every year since 2013. The DJ lighting market has moved in many new directions within this time frame, particularly relating to events. As this award demonstrates, Chauvet DJ products have kept up with these changes to help our dealers expand in new directions.”
(Jim Evans)

lex-presentation-to-btsLex Products supports Behind the Scenes
Monday, 11 December 2017

USA - Sales of Lex Products’s CineBox line resulted in a cheque presentation to Behind the Scene at the recent LDI Show as part of the BTS Pledge-a-Product Programme. These stackable and compact portable power distribution boxes featuring non-conductive, heavy-duty rubber enclosures are designed to withstand rugged conditions. They include a collapsible colour-coded handle for easy identification of input amperage ratings, flush mounted hydraulic magnetic breakers, LED indicators, and shock/impact resistant Lexan bumpers.
Upon presenting the cheque, Bob Luther, CEO Lex Products stated, “This programme is an opportunity to support people in our industry who are in need, through the products that they use. It is our pleasure to support the Behind the Scenes charity in this way.”
Todd Spencer, of the BTS Foundation Board of Directors, acknowledged the contribution saying, “We are honoured to have Lex Products as part of the Pledge-A-Product family. The CineBox is a unique product which helps to elevate safety through its high-visibility receptacle design and thoughtful engineering and we couldn’t be more pleased to share a vision of safety and partnership with them.”
(Jim Evans)

jands-harmanJands ceases distribution of Harman Professional
Friday, 8 December 2017

Australia - From early next year, Jands will no longer represent Harman Professional Solutions in the Australia territory. Jands says this move is part of a strategic review of their business which commenced early in 2017 with the purpose of “developing a company structure and product strategy that will see Jands best positioned for the future”.
This process encompassed a companywide review of both Jands’ business strengths and the strengths of its key suppliers. As a result of this review, in July Jands began an internal restructure designed to “better align the organisation to the strategies and product roadmaps of its key suppliers”.
A company statement says, “Numerous new roles have been created, with many having already been filled, to further strengthen Jands’ reputation for education, training, product support and to improve the customer experience in key markets. As part of this process Jands also undertook a strategic review of its key supplier relationships to ensure that Jands is truly aligning with partners who have similar strengths and strategic vision.
“As a result of this review, and due to diverging priorities and strategic direction between both parties, Jands determined it will no longer represent Harman Professional Solutions in the Australia territory. By mutual agreement with Harman this will take effect on 1 February 2018.“
Paul Mulholland, managing director of Jands says, “My association with Harman commenced in 1971 when I purchased my first JBL loudspeaker for use in the Jands rental business. Thi

etc-presentation-to-btsETC tops $300K in Pledge-a-Product donations
Friday, 8 December 2017

USA - On the LDI show floor this year, ETC presented Behind the Scenes with a cheque for $24,873.84, representing this year’s proceeds from the company’s iRFR and aRFR focus remote applications. Since the launch of the iRFR in 2009, ETC’s mobile app sales have generated an impressive $322,825 in donations, helping the charity bring assistance to many ill or injured entertainment technology colleagues and their families.
The iRFR and aRFR mobile apps enable convenient, touchscreen-based remote control for Eos family consoles and controllers. ETC rolled out updated versions this year which enable mobile access to an even wider suite of control functions. You can learn more about the apps from the ETC website and download them from the iTunes or Google Play stores.
“I am proud that this programme has been such a success,” says ETC CEO Fred Foster. “It is important to note that the source of the funds that ETC contributes actually come from the people who have purchased the apps, and I thank each one of them for their help in supporting the invaluable work of Behind the Scenes.”
On accepting the cheque, BTS Foundation Board of Directors chair Rick Rudolph also spoke warmly of the programme’s continuing achievements. “Behind the Scenes has now broken through the $800,000 level of grants provided to our colleagues in need. Hats off to everyone at ETC for their continuing, major support of the charity that has made such a huge impact on our ability to continue providing this assistance.”
Members of the Foundation Board of Directo

chuck-green-avanteAVANTE Audio appoints sales manager
Friday, 8 December 2017

USA - To coincide with the release of its Achromic Series of active loudspeaker cabinets, AVANTE Audio has announced the appointment of Chuck Green as its sales manager. Part of the ADJ Group of Companies, AVANTE Audio is a new professional audio brand.
Having spent most of his life playing music, Chuck Green started out as a sound engineer while still in High School. He provided PA services for live bands at a wide variety of venues and developed a love for the industry that eventually developed into a career. During his twenties, he worked in music stores, managing two different PA departments, and building up a wealth of live audio contacts and experience. He then joined the ADJ Group where he has spent the last 15 years working in a variety of roles, most recently that of international sales manager.
Now also taking on the role of sales manager for AVANTE Audio, Chuck will be responsible for providing worldwide sales support for the brand. He has already spent the summer demonstrating the new Achromic Series at a variety of trade shows and dedicated Listening Sessions across the USA where the speakers have been enthusiastically received by potential users impressed by their audio quality, advanced features and attractive pricing.
“I have always hoped to help further the ADJ Group’s desire to step up into the Pro Audio world,” enthused Chuck. “I have seen how the company has made quality professional products more attainable for working musicians, DJs, production companies and churches, and I think AVANTE is really going to help these cor

staryNexo Geo line array rides high in Gdansk
Friday, 8 December 2017

Poland - Nexo Geo S12 line array has been chosen for one of Poland’s newest live music venues. Stary Maneż has been transformed from a historic military riding academy into Gdansk’s foremost club stage for national and international artists.
The colourful history of Stary Maneż goes back to the famous Polish hussars: it is located in the Garrison district, which has served as an army, police and security services base for first the Germans, then the Free City and then the Poles.
As the district is redeveloped, Stary Maneż has become its showpiece: the most modern concert venue in the Tri-City area (Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia) with adjacent restaurant and craft brewery, which accommodates 1500 music fans for a wide variety of music and cultural events.
Lauda Audio, the Tri-City pro-audio importer and installation specialist, has designed and supplied a powerful Nexo Geo S12 line array system. Lauda’s senior audio installation engineer Maciej Olejniczak first applied extensive acoustic treatment to reduce the reverberation in the all-concrete riding school. Geo S12 cabinets were hung in left/right arrays of nine modules per side, supplemented by three Nexo RS18 subbass units either side, running in cardioid mode. Additional Geo S12 modules are used for front-fill.
A wide balcony level runs almost the full length and width of the venue, necessitating PS10 cabinets to provide under-balcony-fill, and a pair of PS10s for rear balcony-fill. To complete an all-Nexo story, there are PS15s for on-stage monitoring. All power and processing for mai

mads-hother-hopfnerPascal appoints new account manager
Friday, 8 December 2017

Denmark - Pascal A/S, the leading OEM amplifier module provider for the global pro audio industry, has announced the appointment of Mads Hother Høpfner as account manager. The appointment is in direct response to the continuing growing rate of expansion at the Copenhagen based company.
Høpfner brings six years of sales, marketing and purchase experience in the surface technology industry to his new position at Pascal. He joins key account managers Aage Hejgaard and Nikolaj Pihl in Pascal's expanded account team.
Welcoming him to the company, VP of business development Peter Frentz said, “The fundamental aspect of our client relationships is a sustainable long term approach, in which we effectively partner to help them achieve faster times to market and better risk mitigate their projects. It is the relationship skills and mind-set that this requires that Mads brings to Pascal from his previous experience and that makes him exceptionally qualified for this position. Not to mention his terrific personal passion for audio.”
(Jim Evans)

furia-latinaRogues get ferocious at Furia Latina
Friday, 8 December 2017

Curaçao - For Jim Lo-A-Njoe, the inspiration for putting together the Furia Latina lighting rig began with the first word in the 4 November concert’s name – Furia. Looking to reflect the fury of reggaetón music’s powerful and unsettling emotions in light, he wanted to create looks that would blow through the stage with the ferocity of a sudden storm. Lo-A-Njoe of Massive Productions got the intensity he was seeking, and then some, by building his rig around 78 high-output Rogue moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Furia Latina is a show organised by Color Events that is built around passion,” said Lo-A-Njoe. “It brings together some of the hottest artists from around the world like Ozuna and Plan B, as well as local artists from Curaçao like Chaika, Jaido & Dongo. The intensity of the music is non-stop, and we wanted to match that passion with our lights.”
Lo-A-Njoe arranged 24 Rogue R2 Wash, 24 Rogue R2 Beam and 30 Rogue R2 Spot fixtures around the stage, positioning some of the units on the downstage deck for aerial effects, flying some over mid-stage for down washing and having others on the upstage deck and risers, where they were used for back washing performers. For accenting and colour washing the stage, Lo-A-Njoe used eight COLORado 1-Quad Zoom and 16 COLORado 1-Tri Tour fixtures.
“Having a large number of Rogues on stage allowed us to create a big impression,” said Lo-A-Njoe, who designed the show for most of the local artists. “The Rogue R2 Spot in particular is a monster. We were really able

robe-martin-garrixMegaPointes for Martin Garrix in Amsterdam
Friday, 8 December 2017

The Netherlands - “One of the best show’s our team has ever done!” declared production designer and show director Gabe Fraboni after two recent performances by popular Dutch DJ and music producer Martin Garrix at Amsterdam’s RAI, both bathed in a lighting system with nearly 300 Robe moving lights on the rig, including 50 new MegaPointes.
The RAI design was created by Gabe based on a new live show concept that was launched at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco in May. The base model - that travels everywhere - has a large video ‘plus’ sign flanked each side by a matrix of 90 x Robe Spikies.
For the RAI shows, the ‘plus’ was still there in the centre, with everything else around it seriously scaled up.
A 10m high structural trussing design repeated the shape of the central ‘plus’ to each side, giving it a 45-degree twist in the meantime which introduced a natural flourish of asymmetry and extended the stage width to 42m. Gabe worked with designer Bart Stravar on this element of the production which was constructed from 30 cm trussing and a selection of corner blocks.
Multiply was one of Martin’s 2017 Ibiza summer residencies, so when the RAI show design started evolving, Bart and Gabe played with the idea of multiplying logos.
The goal was to dramatically reimagine the touring rig and maintain the industrial aesthetic, which was accomplished by adding a 40m wide by 10m high 16mm LED wall behind the truss structure, which worked brilliantly for outlining and silhouetting the trussing architecture.
The 5

vodacomceoawardsMGG takes a bow at Vodacome CEO Awards
Friday, 8 December 2017

South Africa - The prestigious Vodacom CEO Awards took place at Vodaworld in Midrand and for the very first time, MGG were appointed to supply the full technical. With a modern vintage theme, lighting designer Francois van der Merwe created pomp and hype on the grandMA 2 full size, while audio engineer Fanie Pieterse ensured the theatrical performance was complimented with exceptional sound. Fanie ran the show on a DiGiCo SD10 and used his new DiGiCo 32-bit Stadius Mic Pre-Amp for the live sound aspects.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Francois. “The acts varied from theatre to ballet and from drama to rock. While we had a list of requirements to meet and worked closely with the producers and creative team, it was a lot of fun and the gig came out very well.”
Francois ran the show on the grandMA2 full size, and says his star performer of the night were the BMFLs which he used for FOH and backlight. “They rocked my world again,” he said. The entire lighting rig consisted of 24 x Robe BMFLs, 12 x LEDWash 1200, 12 x Claypaky Mythos, 26 x Robe LEDWash 600, 10 x Philips SL Nitros, 18 x Robe LEDBeam 100s and 24 x Robe Pointes.
For the past five years, Fanie Pieterse has operated on the DiGiCo platform and professionally and meticulously ensured excellent audio at the Vodacom CEO Awards. “The DiGiCo is the most flexible console I’ve ever worked on,” said Fanie. “It sounds great, but because it’s so adaptable, working on this platform is made easy. The SD Range is intuitive, enables you to patch the console to anyone’s patch list n

crossroadchurchinteriorAshly-based system installed at CrossRoad Church
Friday, 8 December 2017

USA - CrossRoad Baptist Church in Ames, Iowa was at a crossroads. The sound system it had relied on to deliver spirited services in its 450-seat auditorium had never possessed the kind of intelligibility the church members and staff had hoped for and age wasn't helping matters.
Originally called in with the hope that improved acoustics could do the job by itself, A/V integration firm Communication Innovators (Des Moines, Iowa) diagnosed the larger and deeper issues that were preventing congregants from fully immersing themselves in CrossRoad's services. The church's new Dante-connected digital system relies on a bank of high-value, high-reliability Ashly Audio nX-Series multi-channel amplifiers with optional Dante I/O.
"CrossRoad Baptist Church already had some acoustic treatment to deal with the reflective surfaces and they hoped they could address complaints by getting the remaining exposed surfaces covered," explained Eric Bishop, AVLI engineer with Communication Innovators. "We analysed their space and their existing system and found that the acoustics could be improved but there was also uneven coverage from the speakers preventing them from getting the kind of intelligibility they desired. In fact, reduced reverberation in the space may have reduced the perceived coverage of the speakers! We outlined the improvements that made logistical and financial sense given the age and capabilities of their existing equipment."
The main element worth keeping was a relatively new Midas M32 digital console. Bishop replaced the analogue snake they were usin

mereCloud system installed in Monica’s Mere
Friday, 8 December 2017

UK - Situated on the less hectic northern end of London’s Charlotte Street, recently opened Mere restaurant is owned and operated by husband and wife team, David and Monica Galetti. Monica currently appears as a Masterchef Professionals while David’s background includes being Le Gavroche’s sommelier.
London based specialist AV integrators Sound Division were originally called in during late 2016, after being recommended to Mere’s owners, to design an audio-visual solution for the new restaurant. Installation of the solutions recommended by Sound Division followed, with the new restaurant and bar opening in 2017, Sound Division opting to use Cloud Electronics products for the restaurant and bar’s audio requirements.
David Graham, managing director for Sound Division comments, “We are pleased to have been invited by Mere’s owners to provide a high-quality audio-visual solution for the restaurant’s staff and diners. Knowing Monica’s reputation for her eye for detail, we opted to use a discrete and high-quality audio solution from UK manufacturer Cloud Electronics.”
At the heart of the audio system is a Cloud DCM-1 Digital Control Mixer with audio outputs to Cloud CXV225 and Cloud CXA450 amplifiers. These provide power to a number of Cloud ceiling and surface-mount speakers across six audio zones. Source selection and localised volume controls are provided via the DCM-1 with Cloud CDR-1 flush-mounted control panels discretely positioned in convenient locations.
“Localised volume and source selection controls allow key

etcETC celebrates Thea Award winners
Thursday, 7 December 2017

USA - Control systems from ETC have been used in the majority of winning schemes at the 2018 Thea Awards, the US company has reported.
The awards recognise excellence within the themed entertainment industry and are organised by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Across the 2018 winners, ETC has had a hand in nine of the Thea Award-winning projects.
“We’re delighted for each of our partners recognised with a Thea Award, and congratulate the winners on their vision,” said Karl Haas, national sales manager for architecture at ETC. “These projects showcase ETC’s dedication to creating lighting system solutions that are powerful enough to control entire park lighting systems, and creative enough to fit in to these highly specialised environments.”
ETC’s Unison Paradigm and Mosaic lines, Sensor3 power dimming technology, Response data distribution, Echo Relay panels and more were the unseen backbone for the projects, providing reliable, accurate, user-friendly systems, and supporting the most demanding venues. ETC celebrates the creativity of our partners and congratulates them on this honour.
Since 1994, the Thea Awards have been “bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry”. In addition to recognising industry luminaries and classic parks, TEA gives Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) across several categories. The awards will be presented at the Thea Awards gala, 7 April 2018.
(Jim Evans)

royaldjurgardenbSGM LEDs enhance Royal Djurgården by night
Thursday, 7 December 2017

Sweden - The Royal Court of Sweden added 100 x SGM’s P-2 LED wash lights to the entrance of Djurgården – the Royal National City Park in Stockholm.
With Sweden’s infamous dark winters, the planned light installation needs to improve the environment around the entrance of the Royal Park and provide different colours of lighting throughout the year. The installation uses 100 compact SGM P-2 LED wash lights along the main road leading into the King’s Island of Djurgården.
”During the planning process, we looked for a rugged, fairly small, fixture that would deliver most bang for the buck. That led us to SGM and the P-2 range,” says lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson Jönsson about his choice of fixture.
Project manager Inge-Björn Mossige-Norheim adds: “We did look at other alternatives, but ultimately selected SGM’s P-2 for its much clearer colours and the small form factor, presenting a lot of “bang for the buck” or “light output per kilo” - and the fact that it will withstand the climate. We were told that the fan in the unit can freeze without damaging it. We have tested that, and found it to be true.”
Located in Stockholm’s city centre, Royal Djurgården is a popular place both locals and tourists, attracting more than 15 million visitors per year – more than those visiting the Great Wall of China.
(Jim Evans)

twstdMLA Compact joins the Circus at TWSTD Festival
Thursday, 7 December 2017

UK - Martin Audio partner Stage Audio Services (SAS) fielded the MLA Compact PA at the UK’s biggest indoor winter music festival, TWSTD Festival in Skegness.
The company has regularly serviced the event, which this year had a Circus theme and was held on two consecutive weekends in November.
SAS was contracted by event production company Zero Degrees Events and flew 10 MLA Compact elements per side and 10 MLX subs in a broadside array.
SAS’ Nat Hopking says: “MLA was proposed by Zero Degrees as a solution to getting the most from the event without having to compromise on noise levels, and the restrictions imposed due to local residents in the area. But thanks to the way this system works the acoustician monitoring the off-site noise had no issues.”
With artists such as DJ EZ, Lethal Bizzie, Hannah Wants, Sigma and Tom Zanetti appearing, SAS had originally hoped to fly hangs of 12 enclosures but this proved unnecessary. “In the end 10 was perfectly sufficient as the MLA Compact is incredibly loud for such a small box. We had four [Martin Audio] DD12’s available for fills but the way the stage was built, and the position of the barrier, they just weren’t needed.”
Hopking acted as system tech and FOH engineer, mapping out the room in the DISPLAY software to ensure the measurements were correct, and ‘hard avoiding’ the stage.
Consequently, he had no trouble reaching the required levels. “This box is truly witchcraft,” he says. “At 45m distance I was able to maintain a constant 112dBA at front of house

ns-got-talentClaypaky fixtures support Nu Skin in Salt Lake City
Thursday, 7 December 2017

USA - Cosmetics company Nu Skin held its biannual four-day meeting combining philanthropy, business sessions, recognition and entertainment in a dynamic mix.
Nu Skin turned to Atlanta based Executive Visions (EVI) to create a tailored experience for distributors and guests from around the world.
For 2017, EVI president & CEO Michael Marto had something very special in mind. “Nu Skin is an especially rewarding company to work with,” says Marto. “We wanted to weave an experience unlike any other, that broke new ground for a customised corporate event, and told the whole Nu Skin story.”
He adds: “We wanted to use a massive social program to attract young people to the company as part of a strategy for growth for Nu Skin. We didn’t have Maroon 5 and Hans Zimmer just because they are massive global talents, but also because they speak especially clearly to a millennial audience through the international languages of music, and movies.”
John Featherstone, principal at lighting and visual design firm Lightswitch picks up: “Several years ago Michael ‘dared me’ to dream of a bespoke corporate experience that featured musical genius Hans Zimmer, and since then it has been a shared goal of ours. Michael does nothing by half measures, so he wrapped this exclusive concert experience in a targeted message of excellence and virtuosity, and bookended the audience experience with a massive opening fundraiser for Nu Skins charity Force for Good, featuring Maroon V. Then for good measure, he arranged for the whole thing to be webcast aro

the-oh2Chauvet for The Oh! 24 year anniversary
Thursday, 7 December 2017

Belgium - Originally created in the late ‘90s as a side project of Belgian Eurodance masters DJ Pedroh and producer Phil Wilde, The Oh! quickly garnered a reputation as one of the most legendary club nights in Belgium thanks to world class DJ sets and supporting single hits including Won't you show me the way and Got to be free.
Almost a 25 years later, new generations of Belgian dance music lovers continue to discover the energy and vitality present in those early club nights, thanks to annual anniversary The Oh! events.
One such recent event at the Waregem Expo celebrating 24 years of The Oh! saw acts such as Frequencerz, Ran-D, B-front, and Mark with a K share the stage with founder DJ Pedroh. Creative Rental Solutions provided punchy visual support for the occasion with immersive stage lighting provided by 64 ÉPIX Strip, 24 Rogue R2 Wash, and 12 Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures from Chauvet Professional.
Building the unmissable visual centrepiece of Lieven Tacq’s stage design was an angular lighting structure comprised of the ÉPIX fixtures split into two opposing 'V' shapes. The 1m long LED strips provided a number of scenery defining looks and effects, thanks to their pixel mapping capabilities and wide viewing angle, accentuated by an optional frosted dome shaped diffuser increasing visibility to 185°.
"The ÉPIX fixtures were perfect for this particular event, thanks to their linear form and versatile effects," commented Thomas Vandekerkhove, project manager at Creative Rental Solutions. "Not only did they provide punchy,


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