apex-acousticsKV2 Audio and Apex Acoustics join forces
Friday, 19 January 2018

UK - KV2 Audio announced at PLASA Focus Glasgow the appointment of Apex Acoustics Sound Services as a main dealer in Scotland. Based in Dundee and with wide ranging expertise and a strong emphasis on Theatre, KV2 believes Apex to be “the perfect partner to build on the fantastic progress made over the past few years south of the border”.
PLASA Focus Glasgow seemed the perfect opportunity to make the announcement at it was the previous year’s show where the initial meeting took place between KV2 and Apex.
Having experienced great results with KV2 products on several shows - including Mamma Mia! - renowned sound designer Bobby Aitken suggested that Paul give KV2 products a listen and a demonstration day was scheduled.
Speaking of the experience and decision to add KV2 products to Apex’s select line of brands Paul Smith, Apex Acoustics director, comments: “The KV2 brand fits nicely into our portfolio with the added advantage - they sound great.”
Falkirk Town Hall was the first beneficiary of the new partnership, having taken delivery of a complete KV2 System installed by Apex.
Having attended the PLASA show in London with Paul, Ross McDonald and Gary Laing from Falkirk Town Hall were able to listen to KV2 Audio’s ESR 2.15 System - again, a system being used extensively in West End, UK touring and Broadway theatre.
A subsequent in situ demonstration took place to confirm beyond doubt that ESR 2.15 was the right system for the venue.
Ross McDonald concludes, “The KV2 System is the perfect system for our venu

act-lighting-sales-teamACT Lighting appointed US distributor for Ayrton
Friday, 19 January 2018

USA - Ayrton has announced the appointment of ACT Lighting, Inc. as its new exclusive distributor for the United States, with effect from 10 January 2018.
Ayrton’s global sales director Michael Althaus states: “We are very happy to have ACT Lighting as our new distributor. Ayrton is entering a new stage of growth, with its product range expanding and its team increasing rapidly, so we need a strategy that can cope with the extra demands this generates. Ayrton has therefore chosen to move its US distributorship to ACT Lighting which is well-placed to meet those demands, having an infrastructure, comprehensive sales network and a wealth of technical knowledge to take Ayrton onto the next stage of its US development.”
Althaus continues: “We are looking forward to the next era of Ayrton and to working closely with ACT Lighting in promoting the Ayrton brand further across the US.”
Brian Dowd, ACT’s VP of sales and marketing, comments: “We are excited to offer Ayrton’s innovative and cutting-edge products to the amazing artists whose creative vision we are lucky to support. Ayrton is a highly complementary offering alongside ACT’s other best-in-class flagship brands, including MA Lighting, Claypaky, Robert Juliat, and others.
“We are also delighted to announce that Keith Bennett will join ACT as a brand specialist for Ayrton. He brings with him a continuity of market experience, product expertise and customer service which is key to Ayrton’s character as a manufacturer and which fits hand in glove with ACT’s own philosophy.

montaneESL to distribute Green Hippo in France
Friday, 19 January 2018

France - Green Hippo announces the appointment of ESL France as its French distributor. The agreement will see ESL France exclusively distribute Green Hippo’s line of cutting-edge hardware and software throughout France’s hugely significant economy.
Founded in 1992 by Alain Cornevaux and Olivier Verlet – with Serge Thiriot joining the duo shortly after launch – ESL has since added Paris premises to its Montpellier headquarters. In 2013 the company launched its Architectural Lighting Service, and today’s ESL France continues to offer a global service in the field of stage lighting.
Commenting on the new partnership James Roth, head of sales and marketing at Green Hippo, said: “France is a crucial market for Green Hippo. We fully recognise not only the size of the French economy, but also its population’s enduring love of live events. ESL France brings the necessary understanding of this region – as well as of the Green Hippo line – to help further grow our brand during 2018 and beyond. And we thoroughly look forward to helping them succeed.”
René Pujalte, managing director of ESL France, said: “We are big admirers of Green Hippo the company as well as its products. An award-winning product range is just part of what Green Hippo brings – its technical support, including the likes of HippoSchool training, is just one example of it going the extra mile in support of its end users. We are delighted to team with Green Hippo and we’ll also be going the extra mile – or kilometre as we might say! – to make this new collaboratio

killersGLP provides Killer effects for Steven Douglas
Friday, 19 January 2018

Europe - After lighting the band for nearly 13 years, experienced Irish LD Steven Douglas knows how to bring the best out of The Killers’ dynamic stage set.
Now in the midst of the Wonderful Wonderful world tour, he has been exploring new dimensions and challenging perspectives by introducing GLP’s hybrid JDC1 strobe to his toolbox, along with the GLP X4 Bar 20 battens, to help maintain the band’s status as being one of the world’s leading touring rock bands.
Whereas on previous albums there has always been jumping off points such as artwork to inspire the design, he says that this time the process began while the band was still recording. “Therefore, we were able to start with a clean sheet.
“We knew there would be Las Vegas references as it’s such a huge part of the band’s DNA. Once the set designers, Fireplay, were onboard, we moved quickly through their initial sketches and added things to it.”
He admits that the X4 Bar 20 is a fixture he has wanted to use for some time. “I needed something almost scenic in appearance which could virtually wash the stage, as other than the front truss I have no conventional wash lights in the rig.
“With the large amount of video surface in use I went for a lot more beam orientated fixtures, so we built the pod structures and lined them with X4 Bars. They are extremely versatile so I knew I could get a full wash from them as well as a narrow beam - and I was able to replicate some of the ‘Vegas-style’ Bulb / Marquee chases through them to capture the old casino look do

ike-zimbelProfessional Wireless training at AES@NAMM
Friday, 19 January 2018

USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM.
The two-hour training sessions are part of the Entertainment Wireless Academy sessions offered during AES@NAMM and will take place on Thursday 25 January, 1-3 pm and Friday, 26 January, 3-5 pm at the Anaheim Hilton.
Zimbel explains, “Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software if the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception.”
The interactive session will cover the entire program including finding local off-air TV channels and importing your own scan, band planning, recalculating a coordination when moving between venues and tips and tricks to deal with very high channel count events.
In addition, Zimbel will take participants through the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz from the current 222MHz, making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt pa

alcons-crmsc-srhvISE 2018: Alcons debuts Pro-Ribbon reference surround
Friday, 19 January 2018

The Netherlands - The CRMSC-SRHV reference surround is a 2-way passive-filtered full range loudspeaker, designed to meet all requirements of current and future immersive surround sound formats for studios, screening rooms and high-end residential cinemas.
Featuring the patented Alcons pro-ribbon driver technology, the CRMSC-SRHV surround combines” an exceptional clarity and intelligibility with an unusually high dynamic range, offering the most realistic sound reproduction possible”.
The CRMSC-SRHV system consists of one RBN202 pro-ribbon driver for HF and a vented 6.5" mid-bass for LF reproduction. The CRMSC-SRHV HF section has an 500 W peak power input, enabling a 1:16 dynamic range with up to 90% less distortion from 1 kHz to beyond 20 kHz.
The CRMSC-SRHV is designed as matching (height layer) surround system for the CRMSC system: By utilizing identical MHF components, a perfect voicing matching between screen- and surround system is realized, resulting in an exceptionally wide and uniform sound stage throughout the entire listening area.
Typical applications include (height layer) surround sound system for premium home cinemas, high-end mix/screening rooms, quality-conscious post-production facilities and dubbing stages. As a result of Alcons’ tight manufacturing standards, all system cabinets are within "matched pair" tolerance.
The official introduction will take place at the coming ISE show in Amsterdam, as part of the Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience. (booth 6H150).
(Jim Evans)

mike-franklinLawo names US senior sales manager
Friday, 19 January 2018

USA - Lawo continues to add to its US operations by hiring Mike Franklin as senior sales manager.
US broadcasters are familiar with Franklin in his former role as senior sales manager for Studer in America, and his extended tenure with Euphonix.
“I’ve always admired Lawo, and I’m very proud to be a part of what they’re doing,” says Franklin. “Not only are they the most innovative company in broadcasting, they have amazing commitment to their customers. I think that’s why Lawo is the fastest growing broadcast company in the world.”
Franklin’s appointment is part of Lawo’s continued growth in the US TV and Radio markets, underscored by the recent commissioning of a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, New York, and the addition of Hans Juergens and David Antoine as broadcast engineers for pre- and post-sales technical support.
“Our organization in America has been growing at an amazing rate, and I’m glad to have top talent like Mike joining the team,” says Jeffrey Stroessner, Lawo’s head of sales, Americas. “Everyone who’s worked with Mike is a fan. Not only is he a great guy, he is absolutely committed to making sure his clients are happy. We couldn’t have asked for a better fit.”
(Jim Evans)

nye-albany-resort3Chauvet shines at Albany White NYE party
Friday, 19 January 2018

Bahamas - While an estimated one million people crowded into Times Square on New Year’s Eve to watch the famous ball drop, a far smaller crowd was gathering 1,102 miles away, under much balmier conditions, for another NYE tradition. The ringing in of the New Year is as eagerly anticipated at Albany Resort, a 600-acre upscale island paradise (poolside condos go for $6,000 a night), as it is in the heart of the Big Apple.
Every New Year’s Eve, organisers of this paradisal resort’s Albany White party (named after the white outfits that guests wear) try to outdo their previous year’s celebration. 31 December 2017, was no exception, with 50 different performers, including DJ Ignite, providing entertainment and a gourmet dinner worthy of a world-class restaurant.
The centre of attention for much of the evening was the Las Vegas-style dancefloor that was created right there on a beautiful white sandy beach with help from over 300 Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Spectrum Light & Sound.
“Albany Resort in the Bahamas has set a goal to put on one of the greatest New Year’s Eve parties in the world, and it commits to raising the bar each year,” said Spectrum Light & Sound’s Paul Francis Aranha. “The main objective of our team was to create the best and most realistic dancefloor possible in a beach environment. Our lighting designers Matt Mills and Shawn Sithel, assisted by Max Ferreyra, did an excellent job helping us meet this goal.”
Key to the success of the NYE design were the 12 Maverick MK1 Hybrid and s

scott-wakelinL-Acoustics addresses cruise and sports sectors
Friday, 19 January 2018

France - L-Acoustics has named a dedicated support team for the strategic and growing sports and cruise ship sectors, hiring Tom Williams to the role of applications engineer and appointing Scott Wakelin, who joined L-Acoustics in 2015 as regional sales manager, to the position of sales manager, sports facilities & cruise ships.
Working with the install applications team, headed by director of application Cedric Montrézor, Tom will represent the L‑Acoustics brand to consultants, architects and venue managers. He’ll also provide technical support to L-Acoustics partners for major sports venue and cruise ship projects around the globe.
Scott Wakelin has over 20 years’ experience in the professional audio industry, developing key partner strategy and focusing on large scale projects for stadia, casinos and railway, among others. His privileged relationships with consultants and key stakeholders in the AV market will be crucial to building the L-Acoustics brand in the sports facilities and cruise ships markets.
“Scott has built up a strong presence for L-Acoustics in Central Europe,” explains Jochen Frohn, director of business development at L-Acoustics. “He has demonstrated product and project excellence as well as technical expertise and I know he’ll be a strong advocate for our clients and partners in a key market.”
With over a decade of experience designing and deploying large-scale audio systems for both live events and fixed installations, Tom Williams has travelled the globe to oversee the sound system installations of

fontainebleau-nyeElation Rings in New Year on Miami Beach
Friday, 19 January 2018

USA - New Year's Eve festivities at the luxury hotel Fontainebleau Miami Beach isn't just another NYE celebration. The oceanfront resort, with its celebrated poolscape, has featured the likes of Lady Gaga, Drake and Justin Bieber at past celebrations and this year saw Demi Lovato and popular DJ KYGO ring in the New Year.
Lighting director and production designer Tyler Frank and the team at Everlast Productions created a lasting memorable experience for Fontainebleau and their guests. By blending a creative solution with innovative technology and technical expertise Everlast produced an engaging live event experience. The South Florida-based production company supplied the entire production; from dynamic graphic content, to impactful lighting atmospheres, to premium audio quality, cutting-edge technology that adapted perfectly to the environment
Everlast’s Tyler Frank handled production design, his second year designing for the event (he designed the stage for Justin Bieber at last year’s show) and had a large automated rig at his disposal, including Elation Professional Platinum 5R Beam Extreme, Platinum FLX, ZCL360 Bar and SixBar 1000 luminaires.
“Each year we try to bring something new to the table,” Frank said, explaining that the venue gives very little wiggle room for the structure, they literally have to build a tour-grade stage over an existing pool-side bar with the dance floor taking up a third of the famous bow-tie pool. Frank’s team spent six days of overnight installs in order to not interfere with the pool’s operations durin

colour-sound-hurtsColour Sound has Desire for Hurts
Friday, 19 January 2018

Europe - Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting and crew to the most recent UK and European leg of synth pop duo Hurts Desire tour which included many adventures and the presentation of some superlative shows in more off-gig circuit reaches of Europe.
These included Moldova, Siberia, Belarus and Ukraine, and was a test to the tenacity, ingenuity, commitment and camaraderie of production manager Craig Sherwood and his team combined with the ardent enthusiasm of the band’s fan base.
Award winning production designer Rob Sinclair created the scenic and lighting design and worked with Matt Arthur as lighting director / programmer and operator on the road. It’s the third Hurts’ album cycle for these two, who have worked together in a similar format for the last 10 years.
The band’s production and the relationship with Colour Sound as a lighting and rigging supplier also goes back a long way.
H (Haydn Cruickshank) commented, “We always love working with Rob! You never know quite what to expect, but when the design is revealed, it’s always inventive, different and looks amazing! It was also great to be back on the road again with Hurts … we have enjoyed seeing their career success grow and grow due to a lot of hard work and some excellent music, and it was great to be working with Craig (Sherwood) again.”
For this first two weeks of the tour in Siberia, they took a floor and specials lighting package which fitted into one truck together with the audio gear. When they reached Riga, another truck was added carrying the

analogueThe ‘ultimate listening station’ goes live in London
Friday, 19 January 2018

UK - Globe-Trotter has teamed up with The Analogue Foundation – a collaboration founded by Audio-Technica, Grammy Award-winning producer and studio engineer Russell Elevado and the international art and genre-bending music group Soundwalk Collective – to create “the ultimate Listening Station”. The station will be unveiled on 1 February, 2018 at Spiritland, King’s Cross – one of London’s leading music café/bars.
In a world where everything is going digital, Globe-Trotter and The Analogue Foundation both appreciate the quality and richness of analogue, placing value on craftsmanship and design, and according due importance to the object itself in recognition of its power to evoke memories and form a personal attachment to it. The analogue listening experience is one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Mixing life’s greatest pleasures – good music with a good drink – the Globe-Trotter X Analogue Foundation Listening Station allows you to play records carefully selected by The Analogue Foundation on a customised turntable furnished with a selection of Audio-Technica phono cartridges including the AT-ART9 magnetic core moving coil and AT33Sa Shibata stylus, with a choice of hi-fidelity listening provided by Audio-Technica’s ATH-ADX5000, ATH-A2000Z, ATH-W1000Z and ATH-W5000 headphones.
The Globe-Trotter X Analogue Foundation Listening Station will be on display in Globe-Trotter’s UK flagship store at 35 Albemarle Street, London from Monday 19February, 2018 in the bespoke lounge.
(Jim Evans)

philipsPhilips Lighting solution for Cairo conference centre
Friday, 19 January 2018

Egypt - Philips Lighting reports that the prestigious new National Army Conference Centre in Cairo has chosen a state-of-the-art lighting system and data infrastructure from Philips Entertainment Lighting for its 1,700-capacity main auditorium.
Requiring a top quality, professional lighting system suitable for a modern, multi-purpose venue, the specifiers needed a trusted brand - one with a product catalogue capable of encompassing a complete system solution. State-of-the-art LED technology, where possible, was a key requirement, as was first-class technical support throughout the project.
Working closely with local specialist installer Egyptian Engineering Projects (known as Quality Egypt), the team from Philips Lighting helped to make these demands a reality. Philips Lighting's sales and technical teams from both EMEA and USA provided comprehensive on-site support throughout the project, helping to ensure the efficient completion of the installation.
Chosen by the venue owner, the Engineering Authority - Armed Forces, in close collaboration with Quality Egypt and consultant DMG Technologies, the stage lighting system includes more than 240 Philips Lighting luminaires. LED technology dominates, including Philips Selecon PLfresnel1 MkII, PLprofile1 MkII and PLcyc1 MkII luminaires, plus more than 80 LED-based Philips SL Punchlite 220 fixtures.
"Philips Lighting's light quality is excellent," says Eng. Adel Attia, CEO of Quality Egypt. "It enables the theatre to be suitable for any kind of application, whether concert, theatre or conference. In

hsl-panto-seasonHSL supplies record number of panto productions
Friday, 19 January 2018

UK - It’s panto season again and as innuendos fly, slapstick humour is trowelled on and extravagant costumes and characters abound, entertaining thousands of people up and down the UK. Lighting and visuals rental and production specialist HSL supplied equipment to a record 31 premium UK pantomime productions for the 2017-18 season for leading pantomime producers, Qdos.
That is 11 more shows than last year’s schedule of 20, which are taking place all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as far north as Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh and as far west as Plymouth and Llandudno, as far south as Southampton and also including Belfast, Cardiff and London.
The equipment has included lighting – conventional and intelligent fixtures (LEDs / moving heads), rigging and a raft of special effects like smoke, fog and atmosphere, together with humungous amounts of custom gobos and assorted rigging, including a Kinesys automation system for Glasgow.
Impressive statistics include over 2600 intelligent lighting fixtures deployed, around 900 generics, a staggering 3000+ custom gobos, over 100 miles (160 Km) of cabling (socapex, single and three phase power) and a similar quantity in data, as well as over 1400 Doughty boom arms of assorted sizes.
All of which had to be tested and prepped to cover a period from the first get-in on 19 November to the last out at the end of January.
Spearheading the project and juggling the intense logistics is HSL’s Jordan Hanson, working alongside Emma Turner, with Joy Brown and Alex Allen brought on-b

adamson-idscottcam-logancadiente-hrImagine Dragons win with Adamson & Sound Image
Friday, 19 January 2018

World - Imagine Dragons are members of a group of current rock bands that have gone from playing basements and dive bars to major arenas within the past 10 years, and for their Evolve World Tour in 2017, it was an Adamson E-Series system rocking the crowds from continent to continent.
“Adamson is always my first choice when it comes to Imagine Dragons,” says FOH engineer Scott Eisenberg. “The E-Series offers a perfect blend of power and musicality and I love the overall impact we get with this system.”
The trek was the band’s biggest to date in terms of scale and overall production value and featured a unique stage design that wraps the audience around the band in an almost 360-degree configuration. That necessitated an equally unique audio system design with a package that, like those for all of the band’s previous production-carrying tours, was supplied by Escondido, CA’s Sound Image.
The main hangs for the tour are comprised of 18 Adamson E15 three-way, true line source enclosures per side, though they’re suspended about 30ft. further upstage than usual. Using Adamson’s Blueprint AV software, systems engineer Cameron Whaley of Sound Image was easily able to avoid the potential pitfalls of that configuration.
Rounding out the package are side-hangs of six E15s and nine E12 three-way enclosures per side, and rear-hangs comprised of eight compact S10 two-way, full-range cabinets per side. Adamson’s E219 subwoofers handle the low end, with flown left and right arrays of 12 cabinets and an additional six per side on

heli-invests-in-proteus-hybridelationHELi Showequipment adds Elation Proteus Hybrid
Thursday, 18 January 2018

Germany - Dry hire company HELi Showequipment of Mainz provides lighting for events of all kinds and sizes and in December 2017 increased its inventory of weather-protected luminaires with the purchase of Elation Professional Proteus HybridIP65-rated moving heads, Elation’s award-winning beam/spot/wash that can be used under extreme conditions and in any type of weather.
HELi managing director Uwe Heinrich commented on his decision to stock the luminaire: “Some time ago, Elation made a comparison of luminaires with 440W Osram and 470W Philips bulbs. The result was clear to me. In comparison, the Proteus Hybrid is the brightest unit and has the narrowest beam. It has very good projection properties for a hybrid luminaire and several prisms complete the positive overall impression. When I heard that it was also IP65, the decision was made. I see many possibilities with this fixture.”
The Proteus Hybrid houses a host of features that make it a powerful all-round luminaire such as linear CMY + CTO colour mixing, 14 dichroic colours including CTB and UV, 8 rotating interchangeable gobos and 14 static metal gobos, a 360 ° bidirectional rotating animation wheel, rotating prisms and frost filters.
(Jim Evans)

chris-millard-joins-ac-ets-board-as-technical-directorChris Millard joins AC-ET as technical director
Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd. has announced that Chris Millard has joined the company's Board of Directors in the new role of technical director, with immediate effect.
Chris is a well-known face in the industry, with over 35 years of technical experience gained in the film, television, and entertainment lighting markets. Chris joins AC-ET from his role as technical director at Panalux, where he spent 22 years working for the company - also previously known as AFM Lighting.
Chris will oversee the further development and growth of the company's Technical Services department and in-house Tourflex Cabling bespoke cable assembly service. This includes focusing on the continual improvement of AC-ET's technical procedures, and ensuring their compliance with the very latest, highest industry standards.
Chris comments: "I am excited to be joining the team at AC-ET. As a long-term customer of theirs before joining the company, I have experienced their exceptional technical service and support, which in my experience is second to none in the industry. I am looking forward to playing my part in building on this already high level of expertise and professionalism, as AC-ET continues to keep pace with customers' constantly changing technical needs."
AC-ET’s managing director, Phill Capstick states: "I’m delighted to welcome Chris to the company’s Board of Directors. As the technologies adopted by our industry become ever more sophisticated, this is matched by their increasing technical complexity."
(Jim Evans)

x-factorX Factor party powered by SXS Events
Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK - In December 2017 SXS Events provided the technical aspects for the official X Factor VIP after party as appointed by experiential agency, Experience. The longstanding events company was in charge of creating a backstage style experience while sticking to the designs and format of the main television show. SXS provided audio, lighting, rigging and LED video walls for the event held at London’s Excel centre.
Throughout the evening guests were immersed in a full wardrobe, makeup and photo shoot experience before heading to the main stage for performances from previous X Factor contestants. A Sennheiser MMK-965 was the mic capsule of choice for the evening which George Shelley used to present the party and later used by X Factor 2017 winners, RAK-SU.
The front of house audio seamlessly ran through a Martin Audio system consisting of W8LM line array, W8LMD downfill plus WS218X 18” dual subs while in ear mixing was monitored with the Sennheiser EW300 G3. The lighting rig was controlled via an Avolites Tiger Touch Pro console and included Elation Professional Platinum 5R Beams plus Chauvet Professional Rogue R1’s & 2’s which provided a punchy, energetic atmosphere.
SXS recently invested in the Yamaha QL1 with Dante Rio Rack from Leisuretec, which was also deployed front of house for the VIP party. Senior project handler, Nathan Dunbar commented, “The QL1 has incredible processing power and the Dante networking system makes it a game changer in small format mixers. The built-in effects and automixer mean it’s a stand out product in our

at-gain-120sISE 2018: Atlona launches energy-efficient amplifiers
Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Netherlands - Atlona is set to unveil its next generation of compact, affordable and energy-efficient amplifiers in the Atlona stand (5-U80) at ISE 2018 next month.
Available in three models, the new Gain Series of Energy Star qualified power amplifiers provide custom installers and commercial AV integrators with flexible options for speaker amplification. All three models – the Gain 60 (AT-GAIN-60), Gain 120 (AT-GAIN-120) and Gain 120NET (AT-GAIN-120NET) – offer low- and high-impedance outputs, RS-232 and Ethernet control, front panel metering and convection cooling.
The availability of dual-impedance operation is significant as integrators and designers can manage a simplified inventory, or quickly specify the proper amplifier optimized for either program speakers or distributed speaker systems.
“The Gain Series is designed to give our installers several new affordable options for system amplification in various audio applications without sacrifice quality or feature set,” said Steve Kolta, product manager, Atlona. “With options for traditional analogue systems, audio over IP networks, and OmniStream AV over IP systems, our customers will also have more choices and freedom to build systems to their exacting specifications.”
(Jim Evans)

lifeisstereoHK Audio celebrates stereo with competition
Thursday, 18 January 2018

Germany - HK Audio has launched a mammoth online competition and giveaway to celebrate and spread the joys of stereo sound reproduction.
The Life Is Stereo contest runs until 30 April 2018, and fans are being asked to send in the most creative picture they can think on the theme. Prizes for winners include a one-off custom white Lucas 2K15 system, a Lucas Nano 608i Stereo System, and a Lucas Nano 305 FX Stereo System.
HK Audio’s award-winning Lucas systems have been used by thousands of users over the last 20 years, and all can be operated in stereo. The reasons why stereo is typically the optimum way to experience audio are detailed on the Life Is Stereo website.
Nicolas Petit, HK Audio’s chief marketing officer, said: “The best way to experience great sound is in stereo – life is stereo, after all! With the Life Is Stereo competition, we want to help raise awareness of this sometimes-forgotten fact to music makers and fans all over the world, to help make their lives and performances sound better. I wish everyone taking part in the competition the best of luck, and we’re looking forward to seeing your entries.”
The competition is now open for entries. Full information on how to enter and terms and conditions can be found on the HK Audio Life Is Stereo website: hkaudio.com/life-is-stereo
(Jim Evans)

rcmstepsReally Creative Media parties with Steps
Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK - Really Creative Media was entrusted to design the stage content for British pop group Steps’ Party on the Dance Floor arena tour, a vibrant celebration of 20 years since their formation.
Fresh off the back of working with Rudimental and Dua Lipa, Really Creative Media’s lead creative Jack James and head of video James Adkins were brought on board by the tour’s production manager Steve Reeve from Pull The Pin Out to deliver the tour’s live visual content.
Working with creative director Frank Strachan, Really Creative Media first captured footage during a one-day shoot with the band and dancers, destined to populate five LED square hero screens flown above the stage on a Kinesys system and two LED IMAG side-of-stage screens, helping to give the show a larger than life feel for the audience. LED continued to be used on stage with a 18m wide back wall and LED clad tiered risers.
A week-long rehearsal process took place in Fly By Nite’s Redditch studio, allowing the team to put the finishing touches to the pre-set, timecoded content loaded in Really Creative Media’s Catalyst V6 media servers. Control was all run from MA2 consoles both front of house and backstage.
The shows’ opening three-song medley sequence utilised the company’s newest product investment into Panasonic’s latest 20,000 and 30,000 lumen projectors. Two Panasonic PT-RZ31K 30,000 lumen projectors were chosen to create a theatrical visual spectacular behind the band. A 3D world depicting winter forests and Romanesque arches was projected onto a gauze bac

powersoftPowersoft returns to NAMM
Thursday, 18 January 2018

USA - Powersoft has announced that it will participate in this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California for the first time since its inaugural appearance 13 years ago. Powersoft arrives at the 2018 NAMM show on the heels of significant gains in market share in 2017 around the globe.
In addition to showcasing its range of amplification products, Powersoft will host training sessions at its booth and offer discount coupons for participants as part of a new marketing initiative with Rational Acoustics, makers of Smaart measurement software.
In the interest of helping its growing roster of international users take full advantage of their Powersoft products, the Powersoft NAMM booth will play host to three daily demonstrations focusing on the latest features packed into the newly updated Armonía Pro Audio Suite version 2.11. The demos, taking place each day of the convention at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm, will be led by Powersoft applications engineer Gino Pellicano.
“By design, Armonía is packed with features that can transform the way our users deliver great sound wherever they operate Powersoft gear,” says Pellicano. “We’re constantly building on that feature set with new additions, and one of the ways we can ensure that our users are getting the most out of their Powersoft products is through in-person training sessions like those we will be holding at our NAMM booth.”
Powersoft will also use the NAMM convention to launch a new marketing initiative with Smaart developer Rational Acoustics. The two companies are teaming up to

tourflex-cablingTourflex Cabling at PLASA Focus Glasgow
Thursday, 18 January 2018

UK - Tourflex Cabling is showcasing products from its extensive range of specialist cable assembly solutions, at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 this week.
Visit stand C2 to see their comprehensive display of power, signal & multicore cable assembly options used by rental and production companies, venues and installers in the live touring, theatre, events, architainment, architectural and film and TV industries.
The brand's cabling solutions are also being used on the adjacent A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand to provide power, signal & multicore for all lighting, rigging, audio & video equipment showcased.
Tourflex Cabling recently launched a new website to showcase the thousands of options available, and has invested heavily in testing equipment so that every cable assembly manufactured in-house conforms to the high build quality customers require (www.tourflex-cabling.com).

guil-35-anniversaryGUIL celebrates 35th anniversary
Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spain - This year, GUIL turns 35 and the company is celebrating with customers, distributors and partners by acknowledging their contribution to the growth and consolidation of the brand in the market.
GUIL is one of the leading companies in the field of equipment for the entertainment industry, specialising in the design and manufacturing of lifting towers, stages, stands and structures for sound and light, as well as stands and accessories for musical instruments and A/V equipment.
During these 35 years, GUIL has experienced a fast and constant evolution, adapting to the ever changing needs and requirements of the entertainment industry. For this, it has a team of highly qualified professionals, with an R&D&I department that designs and manufactures high quality, innovative and exceptionally engineered products.
The CEO and founder of the company shows his appreciation for the trust put in GUIL over these years: “The loyalty of our customers and friends has made it possible for the whole GUIL team to achieve their aspirations. It’s been 35 years of determination, dedication and hard work; 35 years of learning and great enthusiasm for what we do.”
The founder adds, “We have always strived to reach excellence in our work, concentrating our efforts on manufacturing high quality products to satisfy the needs and expectations of professionals in our field.”
The first events GUIL plans to celebrate their birthday at will be: AFIAL in Madrid, Spain (27 February to 1 March) and Prolight+Sound, in Frankfurt, Germany (10-13 Apr


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