UK - Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus Leeds, PLASA has reported.
The sold-out event, taking place at Leeds' Royal Armouries Museum on 14-15 May, will feature 120 exhibitors and is ideal for professionals working across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installation.
Present will be lighting companies including Elation, Robe and Philips Entertainment Lighting; pro audio firms including d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure; and rigging, staging and production specialists including Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The trade show will also welcome several new exhibitors, including loudspeaker manufacturer Wharfdale Pro Audio and US sound masking company, Cambridge Sound Management.
In addition, a free programme of seminars, panel discussions and workshops will feature insights from experts involved in some the most exciting projects over the past year as well as essential technical guidance.
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. It’s the perfect place for people to get together, share knowledge and find out about the latest technology.
“Our team is currently building an exciting programme of seminars and workshops, celebrating some of the most exciting projects from across the industry - we look forward to announcing the line-up
UK - Notch, the visual creation tool for interactive motion graphics, is set to incorporate ray tracing into the software's realtime workflow as part of an upcoming March release (0.9.22). The news was announced at NotchCon, the inaugural Notch conference held in London in January.
Ray tracing, an advanced graphics rendering technique that has long been used for non-realtime rendering, provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behaviour of light. It is the foundation of visual effects used in movies and TV and will provide a ‘significant jump’ in visual precision directly inside Notch, says the company.
Matt Swoboda, founder of Notch, comments: “At Notch, we’re committed to making software for content creators that is flexible and scalable. We enable people to realize their creative ideas and improve their workflow, through the power of rendering in real-time, without the need for coding. We are looking forward to seeing how the integrations and software updates announced today will impact creatives when the new version of Notch Builder is released later this spring.”
Notch’s ray tracing features will work on any GPU currently supported by Notch, with no additional hardware required. Swoboda said the feature has been built to take advantage of the various hardware accelerated APIs and platforms in the future, as they mature.
NotchCon, the first ever two-day conference dedicated to Notch users, took place in London last month. Visitors travelled to London from all over the world. The event featured 30 sessions on a wid
UK - Industry charity Backup has revealed a busy fundraising schedule for 2019.
First in a line-up of events is the inaugural Bikefest, kicking off on 18 May with a day of two-wheeled action and fun for all levels of riders.
There will be a 100km ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside, which will take in much of the famed Olympic and Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 route, including Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey, and the famous Box Hill Zig Zag.
“Whether you’re riding as an individual, with friends or as a company Peloton, this will be a great day out to sport your finest padded shorts, have an excuse to shave those legs and pack as many bananas in your cycling top as possible,” says Backup.
The event will also feature a 50km route across the Surrey countryside, past a number of isotonic watering holes en route to allow riders to ‘recharge’ their batteries.
“Either way, you’ll be bacon sandwiched up before you set off and then given your route. Upon your triumphant return, food, drinks, prizes and prestige await you all,” says Backup.
Kartfest is back for a fifth year on Thursday, 4 July, with an Independence Day theme. Organisers expect the event to sell out quickly and promise participants should expect “all the normal fun, thrills, spills and shenanigans, as well as downright blatant team ringers and financial incentives”. Headline sponsor Chauvet Professional has signed up for a second year running.
Comfest is also returni
UK - In anticipation of a busy 2019 order book, Triple E has recently completed a move into larger premises, which has also included a complete restructure of the warehouse to improve efficiencies and production work flow.
Triple E had outgrown its previous warehouse, having been there for the past 16 years, and the company has now settled into a larger facility which has doubled the square footage of their office, factory and workshop. The expansion has also provided for improved training facilities for distributors, installers and specifiers who visit Triple E, as well as dedicated meeting room spaces and improved office facilities.
The increased footprint has enabled a more streamlined factory and warehouse layout with additional yard and storage facilities and a larger demonstration area for clients to see the products first hand in the factory setting.
The transition to a larger unit on the same industrial estate has also enabled the team to assimilate Thorley Engineering seamlessly into the work flow. The 2018 acquisition of Thorley Engineering - a supplier to Triple E for over 25 years - made clear business sense. “I’m delighted that we have been able to ensure continuity of supply by incorporating Thorley Engineering into the Triple E family” explains David Edelstein, managing director, Triple E. “Dave Thorley and his highly skilled engineering team bring a wealth of experience and a long-standing appreciation of the Triple E brand. It made perfect sense to bring them into the company to facilitate a seamless and speedier product
UK - Edinburgh Castle and the medieval Old Town offered a magnificent backdrop to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration for thousands of revellers who welcomed the new year immersed in a city centre-wide high quality pro audio installation.
In collaboration with the sound designer Dan Jones, Catalyst Event Production Services was tasked with specifying, installing and operating a sound solution for much of the event that would envelope partygoers, leading them to "a complete d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker, amplification and R1 control software solution".
UK-based live entertainment company Underbelly, which has produced the event on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council since 2017, bills Edinburgh’s Hogmanay as “one of the biggest celebrations in the world”. The famed Street Party showcased Scottish and European musicians, street theatre artists, dancers, choirs and aerialists, while the midnight firework display was set to a specially-commissioned track by German band Meute.
The team split the designated party areas of the city into four ‘arenas’. Within each of these PA towers were constructed, spaced at 20m intervals. In total, 22 towers were built, each carrying arrays of d&b loudspeakers consisting of two Y8, one Y12 and a Y-SUB, along with two Y10P for near-fill.
There were further systems deployed on The Mound, where six towers were erected. Each tower consisted of arrays of three T10, one Q-SUB and two T10 near-fill. An additional system made up of eight Y8 and two Y-SUBs provided further fill coverage. Amplification w
UK - Artem, the physical special effects company, made further inroads into the theatre sector recently with a new effects’ challenge from the world of dance. Artem, whose credits include Harry Potter: The Cursed Child and Holiday on Ice, were asked to design and build a piece of equipment capable of projecting a single giant smoke ring the shape of a doughnut - known in physics as a Torus - from the rear of a stage, out over an audience.
The ‘smoke vortex cannon’, as it came to be known, had to be large enough to make an impact in a sizeable performance venue, whilst being resilient and easily transportable on tour. In addition, the cannon needed to be DMX programmable, to enable control from the lighting gallery.
Artem’s client is the Birmingham and Barcelona-based dance company, Humanhood. Artistic directors Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert Parés anchor their work in physics and astrophysics, as well as in their personal insight into Eastern mysticism. Their new production, Torus, is inspired by the creation of a geometrical shape by revolving a circle in a three-dimensional space around a coplanar axis, and by the existence of these shapes throughout the natural world. Artem’s smoke vortex cannon delivers a dramatic visual effect at a key moment during the performance.
Artem built a number of rigid-bodied cannon prototypes in various sizes, all of which featured a rear-mounted membrane pulled into extension by a series of bungees and secured by electromagnets. Once released, the membrane creates a sizeable single sh
UK - The team at Nottingham-based OneBigStar was already familiar with the Chauvet Professional Ovation series when they made a major investment in the LED fixtures. “We’ve built the Chauvet trade show booths for years, so we’ve worked with Ovation units before and have been very impressed,” says Steve Yeardsley, managing director of the technical and event production company.
Recently, Yeardsley and his team acted on this confidence by adding a substantial number of Ovation ellipsoidal and par-style fixtures to OneBigStar’s inventory. The new fixtures are intended to replace the company’s existing tungsten units.
“We’re constantly looking to invest in new technologies, especially when they involve moving from older units to better, brighter and more energy efficient ones,” says Yeardsley. “The Ovation range certainly stands tall against the tungsten fixtures they’re replacing.”
Included in the new product mix are the Ovation E-910FC RGBA-Lime colour mixing ellipsoidal in both indoor and IP-rated versions; the high output Ovation E-260WW warm white ellipsoidal; and the P-56VW variable white par-style fixture.
Many of the new fixtures have been put to immediate use. “We have recently undertaken an exhibition project that involves lighting large stands for agricultural machinery brands,” says Yeardsley. “We are using a combination of Ovation ellipsoidals and variable white pars with a few Maverick MK2 Spots thrown in for gobo projection. The response to the fixtures in this role has been excellent! They lit the area
USA - For a third year running, TAIT has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Live Event for 2019. The list honours businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
“Receiving this recognition again is a great reminder of just how important teamwork really is and how influential innovation is in creating extraordinary experiences,” says Adam Davis, CCO at TAIT.
“Live events create shared experiences that are community building and binding. Some are in-person communities others are digital communities. Because the ability to experience a live event has multiplied in form, it is essential that we continue to challenge ourselves, our clients and the industry, to be even more innovative when creating. This is an exciting time, we are at the advent of revolutionizing the live event experience,” shares Mia Tinari, global head of marketing + communications at TAIT.
In the past 18 months, TAIT has worked on a broad range of events including King Kong on Broadway, the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, and Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour which was documented in a now-viral, behind-the-scenes video produced by Insider.
UK - During his four years in the company, Martin Audio’s Richard Van Nairn has steadily broadened his remit, and with the recent restructure of Martin Audio’s sales force, it has opened the door further for Van Nairn to bring even more territories under his management.
The restructure, which has seen Bradley Watson promoted to the new role of international sales director, meant many of the countries under his management has moved to Van Nairn.
Already in charge of Cyprus, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia, Estonia and the PALOPS block, Van Nairn now has responsibility for a further swathe of territories across Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East (including Israel and Jordan). He also has responsibility for the whole of Africa (apart from South Africa), including Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
“I feel privileged to be entrusted with so much responsibility at a time when Martin Audio’s sales are at a record high,” Van Nairn says, “and the opportunity to expand the brand’s visibility in some of the lesser known parts of the world remains of paramount importance.”
USA - Behind the Scenes reports that Gray Matter Visual has become a Pledge-a-Service Partner by pledging to donate a percentage of their design fees to the charity. Gray Matter Visual is a lighting and production design firm working on corporate and special events, concerts, television, benefits, and more. Founded in 2010 by Brendan Gray and based in Brooklyn, New York, GMV works with clients all over the US and beyond to realise their visions.
Brendan Gray, principal designer and president, states: “I became aware of the Pledge-a-Service programme through fellow designer (and friend) Herrick Goldman's involvement. Joining sounded like a great idea, but one that sat on the back burner for a while. The recent sudden loss of a friend and colleague prompted me to take action. I hope that other designers and business owners will follow suit and support this worthy cause."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Gray Matter Visual as a Pledge-a-Service Partner. It is so important to us to have the design community involved in our efforts. Designers, by the very nature of their work, come into contact with so many industry members that they can be enormously helpful in spreading the word that help is available to those in need. We thank Brendan and his team for their wonderful commitment.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
UK - German broadcast manufacturer Lawo has opened a subsidiary in the UK.
Pre-sales and systems engineer Kadhim Boyd, solution architect James Walker and sales managers Olivier Hough and Devin Workman will form the core of the UK team.
“Lawo is investing heavily in the UK as part of a drive to keep up with increasing activity and opportunity in the area of IP processing and distribution, and management of IP-based media workflows,” explains Craig Newbury, director of sales and operations, UK & Ireland, who is heading the new team.
With his roots in IT development engineering, engineer Kadhim Boyd has extensive experience at Snell, including responsibility for management of and training for larger projects involving control and monitoring systems across the world.
Before taking up his new role of solution architect at Lawo, James Walker worked as head of system architecture and delivery (live production and infrastructure) at Grass Valley.
Prior to his move to Lawo, Olivier Hough served as UK and Ireland strategic sales manager for Vitec Production Solutions.
Devin Workman counts 20 years in professional audio and arrives at Lawo from HHB Communications/Scrub where he specialised in the supply and support of Avid Pro Tools and S6 consoles.
“I am excited to be able to bring together this new group of talented individuals who not only offer an improved level of attention and customer service to our customers in the UK, but also bring the expertise and attitude focused upon customer success that is a hallmark of the
Italy - Audio solutions manufacturer Outline has appointed Audio Effetti as the exclusive distributor of its products in Italy. With 20 years’ experience, Genoa-based Audio Effetti is a leading distributor of professional equipment dedicated to the theatre audio, video and lighting sectors, as well as accessories, lasers and special effects in general, also providing consultancy for the design of professional and special systems and after-sales assistance, with the aim of combining important creative and implementation experience built up in the entertainment and live event fields.
Audio Effetti MD Marco Medica comments: "We’re particularly proud of having acquired the distribution of this historic Italian brand, which continues to make Italian-made products a rightful source of pride. As well as the well-known loudspeaker and line array systems, for which Outline is respected at international level, we were impressed by the Newton device, following an in-depth demo at the company’s Brescia headquarters."
Outline CEO Giorgio Biffi adds: "Outline has enormous potential in countless markets, all we need are excellent distributors to help us to put it to use. We are very pleased to begin this collaboration with Audio Effetti, a company with well-proven experience in the distribution sector, and well organized in terms of infrastructure and managerial ability. There are all the necessary ingredients to ensure our brand’s widespread diffusion in an area that is as strategic for us as Italy."
Europe - Belgian AV solutions provider AED Display has recently announced its decision to invest in AV Stumpfl's new Pixera media server software and hardware.
With a total of six full-spec Pixera two media servers, six Pixera one servers and 10 Pixera mini player units ordered at this year's ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, AED Display will soon be able to allow its customers to choose from more than 45 AV Stumpfl media server systems, making the company the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media servers.
AV Stumpfl CEO, Fabian Stumpfl, comments: "As a long term partner, AED was one of the first companies to understand the potential of our new next-generation media server system Pixera. We are very happy that AED customers will soon be able to discover the world of Pixera for themselves. The Pixera roadmap for the near future is very exciting and we are looking forward to further develop the possibilities of this ground-breaking soft- and hardware solution together with trusted partners like AED."
Both companies officially announced the product order at this year's Integrated Systems Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the reasons behind the latest investment: "At AED group we don't just follow trends, we actively research and identify the most promising technologies out there and move fast to make them available to our customers. We always strive to build industry standards in close partnership with manufacturers, like we did with the RAW Servers. PIXERA represents the next stage in the ev
UK - Audio-Technica, the UK distributor for Apart Audio, has announced a series of UK dates as part of its Apart Innovation Tour roadshow.
The Apart Innovation Tour comes to England and Scotland in March, and Northern Ireland and Eire in June. The seminars are aimed at pro-audio resellers, consultants, designers and integrators and will showcase new Apart Audio products including the Mask and Kubo series speakers and Prezone preamp/mixers. Also covered in the sessions will be a look at using EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) software in designing and creating fixed installation audio solutions for clients.
Each of the free-to-attend Apart Innovation Tour sessions run between 10am and 2pm and include drinks and refreshments. Places are limited so booking is essential - registration for the UK tour dates is available at audio-technica-ltd.eventbrite.co.uk.
Locations and dates for the Apart Innovation Tour are:
11 March – London
12 March – Birmingham
13 March – Leeds
14 March – Glasgow
12 June – Belfast
13 June – Dublin
UK - Fareham-based Liteup Events has recently added a substantial investment to its Robe inventory by investing in MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and RoboSpot systems, all delivered by Robe UK.
The company was founded in 2006 and is headed and run by Marc Callaghan and Kris Box who met whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. It was initially started to support Marc and Kris’s freelance lighting and visual design careers but they have since focused to growing the company and specialising in the supply of creative production equipment and designs.
Gordon Torrington, well known and respected to anyone in the world of international lighting production and concert touring, has recently joined the team as senior account handler.
The recent Robe order comprised 26 x MegaPointes and 26 x Spiiders, 28 x LEDBeam 150s and four RoboSpot systems, complete with MotionCameras.
These join the existing Liteup Robe luminaires - Pointes, BMFL Wash Beams, LEDBeam 100s and 600E Spots plus other lights and a fully equipped rigging department.
Recently, the new Robe kit was used on Spotify’s Who We Be live - their hip hop, grime and R&B playlist event staged at London’s Alexandra Palace venue.
Liteup was contacted by Spotify Live’s production director Samuel Rogers to supply all lighting, rigging and video services. Gordon and Marc asked Matthew Pitman of Bryte Design onboard as show and visuals designer.
Matt used MegaPointes and Spiiders as the backbone of the rig, as “they offered the large
Poland - On 14 October last year, at Warsaw's PGE National Stadium, confectionary giant Kinder celebrated its 50th anniversary in style. The all-day event culminated in the Koncert Pełen Marzeń (Concert Full of Dreams) - a free event that featured Polish pop artists David Kwiatkowski, Natalia Szroeder, and Grzegorz Hyże, as well as musical star Katarzyna Łaska (Frozen, High School Musical, Enchanted) and a full symphony orchestra.
TSE Grupa was responsible for technical services at this huge show, which included everything from stage construction to an ambitious multimedia, lighting, and sound production. L-Acoustics components were used exclusively for sound reinforcement, with almost 200 loudspeaker cabinets deployed around the stadium.
TSE Grupa, founded by Łukasz Kubiak and Piotr Basek, is not new to large, complex events, with a portfolio that includes International Children's Song and Dance Festival in Konin, and the NATO Summit in Warsaw. According to Basek, TSE was chosen for the Kinder anniversary concert because of an excellent existing relationship with the event's agency, Generations, and another recent anniversary event at the Municipal Stadium in Poznań for car manufacturer Volkswagen. Koncert Pełen Marzeń though, was a much bigger undertaking.
"Initially, we planned a smaller system," explains Basek. "But after modelling the stadium and the sound design in L-Acoustics Soundvision software and talking to the sound team, because of the sheer scale of the event, we decided we needed more power and, consequen
Australia - Adding impact to a recent production of Les Misérables at Scotch College in Melbourne was a Tom Willis-designed lightshow that featured Chauvet Professional Maverick MK1 Spot fixtures, supplied by Showtools International.
Creating an array of textures and colours on stage with the 350W moving LED fixture, Willis reflected the hope, despair, and unrequited love that marked the relationships between Jean Valjean, Fantine and the story’s other characters.
“This is the second project I did with OSMAD (Old Scotch Music and Drama), the theatre group that performed the musical at the school,” says Willis. “The set I worked with was beautiful, but it actually had very few moving parts, so light became important to help transition from one location to the next - from field, to inn, to water hole etcetera. However, there were many times where location was less important, and my main focus was on the emotional journey of the characters. I used light to effect and support the relationships of the different people through combination of color, texture and focus.”
Willis tended to avoid or minimise saturated colour when lighting Les Misérables, except during the most dramatic scenes. He opted instead to rely on the interplay of warm and cool, as well as subtle shades of colour, to set moods that corresponded to the feelings driving the show’s characters.
“Saturated colour is great and has its place, but it loses impact in a theatrical context when you’re constantly jumping from one primary or secondary colour to
USA - Now outfitted with a pair of Allen & Heath dLive S7000 mixing systems at front of house and onstage for monitors, plus an S5000 standing-in for broadcast needs, Wave Church’s Great Neck Campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, recently completed a major audio upgrade. Engineered and implemented by Virginia Beach-based S&S Productions, the system improvements bring new levels of control and flexibility to the campus.
Future-proofing the system was addressed in the upgrade, as was the need to provide the volunteer staff with gear that was intuitively easy to use. “Even if you’ve never seen them before, Allen & Heath dLive control surfaces have an air of familiarity,” relates S&S Productions’ Cory Sprenkle. “A world of control opens up on the touchscreens that’s as simple as the smartphones we use every day. Our volunteer operators were up-and-running in no time with little instruction.”
The 12-inch capacitive touchscreens on the dLive control surfaces feature dedicated “widget” areas that can be set up to keep track of scenes, meters, FX, and other user-created control functions. Scenes are widely used at the Great Neck campus by all system operators, including Sprenkle, a member of the church himself.
“Every operator has a different way of doing things,” he adds, “and with the dLive systems we can customise our template of controls, save it, and even import it within other shows so we can always mix in the fashion we’re used to.”
UK - White Light has recently held a series of open days across the UK to showcase and demo its latest technology.
The company’s Audio KnoWLedge Day was held last month at WL’s Studio15. Working alongside some of the biggest audio manufacturers including Shure, Riedel, DPA Microphones, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, K-array and Astro Spatial Audio, WL hosted a day in which students could get hands-on with the latest audio technology, take part in Q&A forums as well as have one-on-one sessions with industry professionals.
The day was organised by WL’s head of audio Lee Dennison who comments: “With the KnoWLedge Day, we wanted to offer students something which would prove invaluable yet which they wouldn’t receive anywhere else. It’s not often they get the opportunity to speak to industry leaders about their products so this was their own ‘audio trade show’ where they were given time to ask those important questions and have quality hands on tuition they wouldn’t normally be afforded.
“The feedback we received was fantastic and it’s great to work with such highly regarded manufacturers and make their products so accessible”. WL also used the day to allow students to register for their crewing database for when they graduate.
WL also supported the New Technology Showcase, taking place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and held in conjunction with the ALD. The showcase was aimed at lighting designers and technicians to explore and compare the latest lighting technologies on the market. Over 60 students attended
UK - With less than two weeks until ISCEx 2019, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers has announced a number of new exhibitors, including Shure UK, Sennheiser, Sound Network, Ambient System and Source Distribution, have signed up to the event alongside the 31 manufacturers and distributors who had already confirmed their presence. This means this will be the event with the highest number of exhibitors yet, says ISCE.
Taking place on Wednesday, 6 Marchat Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire, ISCEx 2019 provides networking and learning opportunities. Leading audio manufacturers and distributors are on hand in the exhibition zone, whilst a programme of informative seminars is held in separate conference rooms throughout the day.
ISCEx 2019 is open to members and non-members of the ISCE. Entry is completely free of charge and promises to be an opportunity to get together with industry colleagues in an informal, relaxed environment to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and projects.
Registration for ISCEx 2019 is available online at https://www.isce.org.uk/iscex-event/iscex-2019/
The Netherlands - De Effenaar is a music venue with an illustrious history spanning almost 50 years. Nestled in Eindhoven, the technology capital of the Netherlands, its two impressive performance spaces have played host to an array of major artists including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence+The Machine, Editors, Nelly, Stromae, Queens of the Stone Age, The Ramones, Pearl Jam, R.E.M. and The Cure.
Towards the end of 2018, De Effenaar needed to upgrade its audio inventory, and the technical team engaged in an extensive evaluation of all live sound consoles on the market. At ISE 2019, the team confirmed an order for four SSL Live L200s, one SSL L100, and a massive 348 channels of SSL SuperAnalogue mic preamps.
According to Effenaar’s senior audio engineer, Sven de Hoog, the team of engineers had individually scored the four shortlisted brands in nine different categories, ranging from ease of use to available features and sonic quality.
“SSL consistently scored the highest in all categories, with an impressive 13 'maximum available points',” de Hoog explains. “We’re all so excited. The sound of the consoles is killer; they are so easy to use, which is essential for guest engineers.”
Head of production, Jeroen Gerits adds: “These are excellent consoles in their own right, but equally important is the advanced yet mature Dante implementation, which is key to the overall integration of all AV systems at Effenaar. The city of Eindhoven - ‘the Silicon Valley of the Netherlands’ - has innovation at its heart, being at the forefro
USA - California-based lighting designer Michael Berger recently took on the unusual commission of lighting a special musical stage production of the Love Actually movie using a number of fixtures from the GLP portfolio.
Although a long-time member of the Full Flood lighting design consortium, the commission came through Berger’s own independent operation, Innovative Intensity - the latest in a multi-year collaboration with Los Angeles-based production company For The Record Live, which specialises in musical presentations based on the canon of a film director.
In December 2017 they were approached by The Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills to put together a show for their black box theatre space, The Sorting Room. “We took the music / script for Love Actually and basically performed the film in its entirety with about four hours’ rehearsal. The success of that project pushed us towards creating something new for this year in the Goldsmith Theatre.”
This full-on musical featured a 15-piece orchestra that live scored the film as well as playing the ‘soundtrack’ to the show.
Key to enhancing the audience experience in this 500-seater theatre was to create a sense of immersion.
Michael Berger specified GLP S350s to function as front of house keylight - mostly because he wanted to audition their features for television. “Overall I was really impressed with the brightness, colour rendering and surprisingly low noise floor,” he says.
He adds, “I’ve grown to love the X4 Bar and the X4 atom when using the
UK - Martin Audio has announced a new series of open days, taking place on 19-21 March at the company’s High Wycombe HQ.
Martin Audio will showcase the full line-up of Wavefront Precision line arrays, including the new WPL, while the subwoofers will be headed by the new cardioid SXC118 and SXH218.
In addition, there will be point source BlacklineX and XD Series with VIA amplifiers and DX4.0 controller, the self-powered point source CDD-LIVE and a selection of LE and XE stage monitors. 3D immersive Sound Adventures in partnership with Astro Spatial Audio, demonstrate wide stereo imaging.
Dom Harter, Martin Audio managing director, comments: “Coming off a high at ISE 2019 earlier this month, this will provide a further opportunity for rental companies, sound engineers, system integrators and installation specialists to increase their understanding of our systems, in a relaxed, unrestricted listening environment.
“We are in the midst of the most prolific development programme in the company’s history, and it is vitally important that we keep both our loyal and potential new customers abreast of the technological advances and unique selling points represented in our rapidly expanding portfolio.”
Tours of the factory and refreshments will also be provided. Registration is now open on Martin Audio's website.
The Netherlands - Multi-national rigging and staging equipment specialist Sixty82 has partnered with Dutch distributor Senci. Working with the existing distribution network in the Netherlands, the Dutch company will offer customers optimised access to the full range of Sixty82 products. This partnership will focus on expanding the Sixty82 product line across the Netherlands as well as enabling the company to provide the growing demand for craftsmanship and technical know-how.
Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82, comments: “We are excited that we can name Senci as our new distribution partner, as it is a highly regarded player in the industry. They have a dynamic and experienced team, that can deliver the expanding demand for top level support.”
Carlos Rego, CEO of Senci, comments: “It is impossible to miss the growing success of Sixty82. With their in-house experience and knowledge of the industry they deliver a wide range of high-quality products. With our mutual drive to reach an unrivalled level of quality, and the simplicity of purpose that comes with that, we believe that together we can change the current industry standards. "