awards17PLASA Awards for Innovation 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK - Run in association with LSi magazine, the 2017 PLASA Awards for Innovation took place at the end of a very busy Monday at this year’s PLASA Show. Hosted by PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath, the awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding new product ideas.
The Awards garner a huge amount of respect because they are independently and impartially judged by an invited team of industry experts.
To win an Award for Innovation and Sustainability, a nominated product had to satisfy the chairman of judges that it met the criteria for Innovation by clearly showing that it demonstrates a new style of thinking; improves technical practice; introduces new technology, new materials or new techniques; includes patents or unique intellectual property; offers a new commercial advantage, or improves safety.
“This year we saw an incredible 40 products nominated, rather fittingly for our 40th year,” says Peter. “The judges can give up to eight Awards of equal standing - plus they have the option to make one or more of these a ‘GOLD’ Award - to recognise products they believe stand out above the others. They also have the option to present the PLASA Award for Sustainability, for products which offer a significant reduction of power usage; or make effective use of renewable energy sources; or which offer a significant reduction in environmental impact of its product lifecycle.”
The judges awarded all eight trophies and the winners were:
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gdsGDS launches South Korea operation
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK GDS announced at PLASA 2017 the creation of GDS Korea, a GDS manufacturing and design office in South Korea.
Following its creation, GDS has secured leading lighting supply and integration company, Hansam System Co Ltd as its exclusive distribution partner.
Richard Cuthbert commented: I am extremely pleased to be working with Hansam System and the team in South Korea. With an unparalleled system integration knowledge, it is the right choice for GDS theatre and lighting products. I very much look forward to improving the technical quality of theatre spaces in South Korea, and driving standards higher, as GDS has a long-standing reputation for doing.”
(Jim Evans)

chroma-q-appoints-paul-pelletierChroma-Q appoints global brand manager
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK - Chroma-Q has appointed Paul Pelletier as global brand manager for Chroma-Q. Pelletier is a 30 year veteran in the performance lighting industry working for industry leaders, most recently Martin Professional in the role of solution manager. Bringing with him extensive experience working with key brands, Paul has been an integral asset in brand development and marketing. He has worked closely with product development, sales, marketing and technical support to develop products, as well as to promote and sell these products within the lighting marketplace.
Reporting to Jean-François Canuel, managing director for the Canadian Operations, Paul will provide the direction to promote and continue the growth of the Chroma-Q brand, with support and training for clients and users. He will also work closely with Chroma-Q’s R&D team to create forward-looking, successful product development efforts that anticipate and fulfill end-user lighting design needs.
Paul will be based near Chroma-Q’s North American manufacturing operations in Toronto, Canada.
Paul commenced his new journey for Chroma-Q attending IBC2017 tradeshow in Rai, Amsterdam, and PLASA 2017 international tradeshow in London, to discuss highlights from the Chroma-Q LED product range at the brand's dedicated stand.
(Jim Evans)

what-the-festivalFunktion One at What The Festival
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

USA - What The Festival (WTF) returned to the Wolf Run Ranch in Oregon on 16-19 June for the sixth edition of the boutique festival. Funktion-One sound, including a Vero system for the main stage, was deployed across the festival, courtesy of Sound Investment and Fusebox Productions.
WTF was born in 2012, the same year that the festival’s co-founder, Glen Boyd, had Sound Investment install a Funktion-One sound system in his house. This year’s event welcomed 7,500 people, who came for what Boyd describes as: “A totally immersive festival”.
“It’s not about massive crowds and headliners, it’s about the whole experience, which includes interactive art, eight stages of electronic and live music, guest speakers and movement classes,” he says. “We don’t do pass outs because we want our community to stay together and for the environment to be as immersive as possible.”
To ensure that each stage has its own immersive aural environment, Boyd, together with fellow co-owners Tiffany Boyd and Peter Clark, stipulates that Funktion-One loudspeakers feature throughout.
Boyd continues: “I believe Funktion-One sound provides the best experience. I’ve followed the brand since the early 2000s and I’ve watched them improve and get better. There isn’t anything in the market that comes close in terms of quality and the warmness of the sound.”
The main stage, which hosted a range of DJ and live performances from the likes of ZHU, Cut Copy and Gramatik, featured two vertical arrays of three Vero V315 mid-bass enclosures, two Vero

scalaKings Cross club upgrades with Capital Sound
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK - Historic landmark building (and former picture house), The Scala at Kings Cross originally opened its doors just after the end of World War 1. More recently, in its current guise as an eclectic live music and dance/club venue, it has played host to many top bands since the venue reopened in 1999, including Tiesto, Bastille, Ed Sheeran, Nine Inch Nails, Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Lana Del Rey, The Killers and Stereophonics.
In order to keep up with the demanding technical requirements of artistes of this calibre, the Scala recently upgraded its house PA system to a Martin Audio MLA Compact, with the new system designed and installed by Capital Sound (for whom both The Killers and Stereophonics are long-term touring accounts).
With as many as 800 people packing the place for live stage events (rising to 1145 capacity for club nights), audiences too are now treated to pristine digital audio from the new mixer-loudspeaker combination.
Explaining the background to the sale, Capital Sound’s operations & development director, Paul Timmins stated that when his company became aware that the Scala were starting to upgrade, having taken possession of a new digital console, they approached the venue’s technical manager, David Preston and he in turn introduced them to Scala owner, Ryan Bissett and Operations director, Lee Hazell.
“We recognised that this is a difficult venue, with a big reflective glass wall at the back, and we felt that MLA Compact would offer the ideal solution,” he said. “The sale was concluded ov

andrea-bocellidLive in the mix for Voices of Haiti
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Italy - An Allen & Heath dLive C Class mixing system was selected for a charity concert by famous tenor, Andrea Bocelli, held at Teatro del Silenzio in Lajatico, Italy, for his foundation, Voices of Haiti.
Held annually, this year’s concert featured a choir of 60 young Haitian singers, who are part of an educational Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF) musical project. The opera star accompanied the choir and there was also performances from several international guest artists. Now in its 12th year, the concert was attended by more than 15,000 people.
PA company, Luciano Spera Audio Video Luci, was responsible for audio requirements on the night, selecting a compact dLive C3500 Surface with CDM48 MixRack, to manage FOH.
Sound engineer, Pierpaolo Guerrini, commented: “The dLive C Class was a great choice for this concert. Its compact size means we did not take up much space in the audience, and the audio clarity, depth and quality of the system make it the perfect choice for classical events.”

poFull Boar 4s cruise with P&O
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Australia - Brisbane’s Point Source Solutions are specialist AV integrators that pride themselves on making complex systems work. With skills across multiple disciplines, Point Source can do everything from event management, to networking infrastructure, to LED video screen design. With a diverse roster of clients, Point Source recently found themselves aboard two P&O cruise ships, the Pacific Dawn and the flagship Pacific Explorer, upgrading their theatre’s lighting system with High End System’s Full Boar 4 consoles.
With a rotating line-up of productions created for the global cruise giant by Sydney’s Grayboy Entertainment, theatre on the P&O line is just as complex and technical as it is on dry land. Grayboy’s lighting designer Gavan Swift is a dedicated Hog user, and specifies High End Systems consoles for all of the P&O shows. As part of a major upgrade, both the Explorer and Dawn’s Full Boar 3s were retired and directly replaced by the latest Full Boar 4s.
“I specified the Full Boar 4 firstly due to its ease of use and intuitive control interface,” said Gavan Swift. “The second reason was that the Full Boar is a direct upgrade from the Hog 3 with similarities in how the two consoles operate resulting in less training for the on-board crew who have to program and operate the lighting console on a daily basis.
“Whilst the Grayboy production shows are the primary focus for the theatre on-board, there are daily events that need to be lit and a number of guest entertainers who need their shows programmed and operated

show-floorPLASA Show celebrates 40th anniversary
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - The PLASA Show’s second year at London Olympia marks its 40th anniversary. It may be 40 years old, but the show has moved with the times, adapting its offering to accommodate the shift in how companies want to exhibit.
There are over 200 brands on the show floor this year, displaying the very latest pro audio, lighting, AV, staging and rigging technology. New audio products on show include: Adamson’s IS-Series of loudspeakers; d&b audiotechnik’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source loudspeakers; FBT Audio’s VENTIS and Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. New lighting releases include Chauvet’s Maverick MK2 Profile; Elation’s Artiste Dali; Eaton’s Zero 88 FLX S and Robe’s new MegaPointe.
This year’s enhanced seminar programme sees more than 100 industry experts giving key-note talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions. Sessions will cover hot topics in the industry such as 3D audio, preparing for the loss of 700MHz, using video design to support theatrical lighting, and familiar favourites, such as the annual Rigging Conference and Forum, and Dante training workshop.
In the Audio & AV Theatre, sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin will talk about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance at The Barbican; veteran industry journalist Phil Ward is hosting two panel sessions - 360 Degrees of Sound, which will take a look at 3D audio, and dealing with architects and consultants, in the intriguingly entitled Was Le Corbusi

10th-koi-winners24 lighting designers knighted at 10th Knight of Illumination Awards
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Sunday 17 September marked the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, held at the Eventim Apollo in London. During the dazzling evening event, 24 respected designers were 'knighted' - and bestowed with the iconic KOI sword.
The event was skillfully compered by the inimitable Ola Melzig, an internationally renowned technical director perhaps best known for his tireless work on the annual Eurovision Song Contest - the world's biggest televised music event.
More than 500 entertainment technology industry professionals gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the many international lighting and video designers whose work on shows across the UK earned them a coveted place on the shortlist for this year's KOI Awards. The winners are as follows:
Winner of The ADB Theatre Award for Plays:
Richard Howell for Guards at the Taj
Winner of The ETC Theatre Award for Dance:
Fabiana Piccioli for Echoes
Winner of The PRG XL Video Theatre Award for Musicals:
David Hersey for Fiddler on the Roof
Winner of The Hawthorn Theatre Award for Projection Design:
Lysander Ashton for City of Glass
Winner of The Robert Juliat Theatre Award for Opera:
Simon Corder for The Queen of Spades
Winner of The Light Initiative Television Award for Events:
Bernie Davis for BBC1's Festival of Remembrance
Winner of The Philips Vari-Lite Television Award for Drama:

vi1000PLASA 2017: Soundcraft debuts the Vi1000 digital mixing console
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Soundcraft by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd are pleased to announce the Vi1000 digital mixing console at PLASA 2017 [Sound Technology Ltd, Stand S71].
Representing the culmination of the groundbreaking achievements and rich feature sets offered by Soundcraft’s acclaimed Vi Series, the new Vi1000 offers 96 input channels with 24 mono/stereo mix busses, plus LRC master busses, and support for Dante audio networking - all in a compact form factor that makes it ideal for smaller touring projects, rental companies, corporate AV applications, as well as music venue, theatre, and HOW installations in search of a versatile digital mixer, says Soundcraft.
Key among its many features, the Vi1000 incorporates Vistonics II ‘knobs-on-glass’ functionality, making it easy to see and access the power and versatility of the mixing environment; along with Soundcraft Faderglow colour coding, which illuminates the fader slots according to function using clearly defined colours. With Vistonics II, each control is always clearly labelled as to its function, despite the assignable nature of the various controls. The functions are colour coded and use icons to clearly indicate the type of parameter being adjusted - whether it’s a signal level, filter frequency, or attack/release time. A simple touch of the screen is all it takes to access all the parameters associated with a particular channel strip processing function.
With Faderglow technology, colour coding of the Vi1000’s faders help audio engineers avoid costly mistakes caused by adjus

novum-avNovum AV invests in Outline
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Novum Audio Visual Ltd., a leading Midlands-based conference and technical event production company, has just invested in a significant stock of Outline PA equipment along with flying hardware, flight cases and amplifiers as part of an exercise to both revitalize and streamline their rental stock inventory. Novum’s technical team voted unanimously for the Outline products after a blind shoot-out between seven different speaker manufacturers.
Novum’s commercial director, Tim Jacques, takes up the story: “In this current tranche of investment, we essentially had two issues to resolve. First, we were looking to overhaul our point source stock, and secondly we wanted to set a foundation and a direction for our next investment into a large-format solution.
“Much of our previous audio stock was over 10 years old and over the years we had gradually built up a wide range of different speaker types and brands to respond to the varying needs of our clients, “continues Jacques. “Whilst our customers have always been delighted with our service, system design and setup was getting ever more complicated with five different speaker brands in various formats and three different brands of amplifiers. We decided that it was time to streamline the stock and find a speaker brand that both met our performance criteria and helped reduce weight.
“Our ideal solution was a box that was sufficiently small and aesthetically pleasing for use at our corporate events, yet powerful enough to handle the demands we have for public address and stage performance. W

zane-crettenAyrton appoints regional sales manager
Monday, 18 September 2017

South Africa - Ayrton has announced the appointment of Zane Cretten as the latest member of its expanding sales team. Based in South Africa, Cretten will take on the position of regional sales manager, with responsibility for sales across Africa and the Middle East.
Cretten brings with him 11 years’ experience in the live events industry, specialising in video and lighting. During this time he has worked with major global brands including High End, Barco, Pandora’s Box, d3, CreateLED, Wings and Caliber.
“When the opportunity arose to join Ayrton I jumped at the chance,” says Cretten. “I am very excited to be joining such a highly-specialised, innovative lighting company. I’m really looking forward to working with such a creative manufacturer and growing the market share in Africa and the Middle East.”
“Zane will be a valuable addition to Ayrton’s international sales team with a key role representing the company in this fast-developing region,” says Ayrton’s global sales director, Michael Althaus. “We are delighted to welcome him to the team and ensure customers across Africa and the Middle East benefit from the full Ayrton service.”
(Jim Evans)

digicoGet connected with the DiGiCo S-Series
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - DiGiCo has announced the launch of a new DMI-MIC Pre-Amp Card for its S-Series digital mixing consoles, offering additional connectivity.
The S-Series has already benefitted from an increase from 40 to 48 flexi channels as part of a recent update, and the new DMI-MIC Pre-Amp Card adds an extra eight mic inputs, connected via a 25-way D-sub, using the same pre-amps already found in the console. This allows for up to 40 mic inputs directly on the console surface.
DiGiCo consoles are used on many of the biggest live sound tours and events around the world and the launch of new, compact S-Series made this pedigree of audio performance available to every part of the industry, with Stealth Digital Processing introducing a new standard of audio quality, power and flexibility not seen before at its price point.
The S-Series multi-touch touch screens, breaking the mould for small format consoles, with up to 31 faders, 96kHz processing, Internal FX and bundles of I/O. With plug-in DMI cards the S-Series can operate in a wide variety of environments by adding extra I/O or connectivity options, including MADI, Dante or Waves SoundGrid.
“The new DMI-MIC Pre-Amp Card shows our continued commitment to our products,” says DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. “To take advantage of this and our other DMI card options, we are running a Get Connected programme, so contact your local dealer for full details of the programme and get connected soon!”
(Jim Evans)

spectraRob Marvell joins Spectra Displays
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Spectra Displays has made a significant addition to its team by recruiting an experienced member of the industry, Rob Marvell as operations director.
With a strong background in audio Rob brings with him 15 years of experience working with Bose Professional UK, where he joined at the start of PRO-Partner to coordinate what was an industry changing distribution model focused on quality.
Spectra’s MD Mike Boxall comments, “We have taken the business as far as we can and to grow we needed to expand; Rob joining the team is a great and crucial addition. Rob is a very personable, highly respected and well-connected AV Professional with a diverse skillset who will fit in perfectly with our organisation. We are already seeing growth since his appointment but the funny thing is that it took an audio guy to give a visual company perspective! At Spectra, our ethos has always been focused on quality over quantity and to ensure that the final installed solution exceeds the client’s expectations.”
(Jim Evans)

tourflex-cablingTourflex Cabling launches new website
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Tourflex Cabling, the cable manufacturing division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET), has launched its new dedicated website -
Tourflex Cabling builds cable assemblies to customers' specific requirements in its manufacturing facility in High Wycombe, not far from London. The level of customisation even goes down to adding specific heat shrink labelling, RFIDs and barcodes as required by the client. Typical customers include rental and production companies, as well as venues and installers.
Phill Capstick, AC-ET’s managing director said: "Custom cable assemblies for Entertainment, Film and TV is an important part of the business, but it’s always been difficult to explain the full range of what we’re able to do as there are thousands of options. Having a dedicated site for Tourflex Cabling helps us to do this.
Our customers often need personalised cables at short notice, and in high volumes. By manufacturing in-house in the UK and holding large stocks of cables and connectors, Tourflex Cabling can offer great service."
Phill continues: "We’ve invested heavily in testing equipment so that each and every cable assembly manufactured in-house conforms to the high build quality that our customers require, and we think this puts us in a leading position within the market because we know how important this is to them.
“We’re looking to further develop the website over the coming months to provide more details of the products and services that we supply and the connectors that we use, inc

LumenRadio is ARRI’s new wireless platform
Monday, 18 September 2017

The Netherlands - Film & Broadcasting specialist ARRI has selected LumenRadio as its technology partner for their wireless offer going forward. The first products to be released are the SkyLink and the SkyPanel S360-C, both debuting at IBC 2017.
“In the year of their 100th anniversary, ARRI has taken the step to go wireless and join LumenRadio’s ever-growing list of OEM’s and end-users who are using our ultra-reliable CRMX technology. This further solidifies our position as the de facto standard for wireless DMX within film & broadcasting, which is both a blessing and a responsibility – we will have to continue to deliver on our promise of Wireless Without Worries,” says Robert Larsson, international sales manager who is responsible for LumenRadio’s business within professional lighting.
The SkyLink product is a particularly interesting development, as it opens for retrofitting the huge installed base of ARRI SkyPanels in the market. This provides ARRI with an end-to-end solution, adding wireless connectivity with a minimum of effort.
“We are very proud of earning ARRI’s trust and adding them to our reference list. We are positive this will further reassure our current and future OEM partners that CRMX is the technology of choice for Film & Broadcasting – the only solution that truly can fulfill the reliability requirements of this high-stake business.” concludes Peter Lindkvist, sales director at LumenRadio.
(Jim Evans)

dropkick-murphysDropkick Murphys and Rancid fuelled by Chauvet
Monday, 18 September 2017

USA - Millions of fans got their first taste of Dropkick Murphys’ potent Celtic punk musical brew watching Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning film The Departed To Boston. The Quincy, Massachusetts-based band’s platinum hit I’m Shipping Up To Boston ran through that dark and edgy gangster drama like a red-hot wire. Although the movie may be 10 years in the rearview mirror, Dropkick Murphy’s fires are burning as brightly as ever. This intensity is on full display in the group’s current tour, co-headlined with the equally potent punkers Rancid, in support of its ninth studio album.
Along with the relentless energy, non-stop crowd surfing, and big explosive sound, the tour is serving up some searing visuals for both groups courtesy of a Cody James designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional Maverick and Rogue fixtures supplied by JDI Productions. “There’s a great amount of energy on this tour,” said James. “Neither band ever takes its foot off the pedal, so our goal is to create a continuous flow of punchy looks for two 90-minute sets.”
Meeting this challenge can sometimes get complicated, since the two bands alternate opening for one another. This means that James has to fight the sun for one of the two groups at every venue. The intense output of the six Maverick MK1 Hybrids in his rig has made this task easier.
“The Maverick Hybrids are my go-to fixture for this tour,” he said. “I begged for them. Their power is first and foremost what stands out. I can use them as a beam that cuts through the

london17-pressPLASA Show returns this Sunday for 40th anniversary edition
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - As the PLASA Show’s second year at London Olympia and its 40th anniversary approaches this Sunday, 17 September, there is much to look forward to. It may be 40 years old, but the show has moved with the times, adapting its offering to accommodate the shift in how companies want to exhibit.
There will be over 200 brands on the show floor this year, displaying the very latest pro audio, lighting, AV, staging and rigging technology. New audio products on show will include: Adamson’s IS-Series of loudspeakers; d&b audiotechniks’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source loudspeakers; FBT Audio’s VENTIS and Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. New lighting releases include: Chauvet’s Maverick MK2 Profile; Elation’s Artiste Dali; Eaton’s Zero 88 FLX S and Robe’s brand new MegaPointe.
This year’s enhanced seminar programme, will see more than 100 industry experts giving key-note talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions. Sessions will cover hot topics in the industry such as 3D audio, preparing for the loss of 700MHz, using video design to support theatrical lighting, and familiar favourites, such as the annual Rigging Conference and Forum, and Dante training workshop.
In the Audio & AV Theatre, sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin will talk about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance at The Barbican; veteran industry journalist Phil Ward is hosting two panel sessions - 360 Degrees of Sound, which will

lsc-unityAC-ET to distribute LSC Lighting Systems
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) has been appointed as the UK-exclusive distributor for the LSC Lighting Systems range of control, dimming & distribution products - a selection of which will be showcased on the company's stand (E30b) at PLASA 2017, Olympia, London, 17-19 September.
AC-ET's UK sales & purchasing director, Jonathan Walters, commented: "We are delighted to add LSC to our portfolio of control, dimming & distro brands. LSC is synonymous with producing innovative and high-quality products, and its impressive line-up further strengthens the choice of solutions we can give our customers access to - all under one roof."
PLASA will see the launch of LSC’s new Unity cabinet dimmer and power distribution system. Already specified into one of the worlds’ biggest installations, Unity offers a next generation, complete solution to control an array of LEDs, tungsten and power switched fixtures seamlessly.
The award-winning Mantra console is simple and intuitive, and designed to control LEDs, moving lights and conventionals. The new V1.3 software will offer advanced programming features for power users.
Gen-VI is LSC’s most advanced and successful dimmer/distro to date. Allowing the user to configure each channel to be an 8 or 16-bit dimmer or switch channel using LSC's revolutionary TruPower technology, it is perfect for controlling traditional fixtures, LEDs, moving lights, and AV systems.
Also showing, the APS-Advanced Power System is designed to manage power and avoid nuisance tripping associated

ttconf17Theatres Trust Conference 2017 programme
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Theatres Trust has announced the programme of speakers for Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking which will take place on 17 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London.
Speakers will be discussing the role of theatres and the wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. Teams behind recent theatre projects will explore how community and placemaking plays a fundamental role in the future proofing of their venues with Storyhouse Chester, Tara Arts, New Diorama Theatre, Royal Town Planning Institute, Argent LLP and others joining in the discussions.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “Conference 17 will stimulate conversations around theatre buildings and their role in placemaking – ranging from their impact on vibrancy of place and the local economy, the physical and philosophical relationship of theatre buildings to their community and their contribution to wellbeing and identity. Our speakers and case studies bring with them a wealth of fascinating stories and experience from across the country.”
The annual conference, now in its eleventh year, has attracted a high number of key decision makers, influencers and practitioners from the cultural sector, from theatre operators and local authority planners, to developers and architects, theatre suppliers, manufacturers and installers.
In a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussions.
Conference 17 Speakers include: Dr Cara Courag

stormProPlex takes UK and Europe by Storm
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Storm Ltd. of the UK has optimised its large inventory of ProPlex Data Distribution units, installing them in rugged, touring racks, a solution for their work on productions throughout the UK and Europe.
“ProPlex provides a truly versatile and reliable solution for our networking demands,” says Storm’s hire coordinator, James Price. “Much of our work involves ‘rolling’ entire systems in and out of venues quickly, and by installing ProPlex in dedicated racks we have our entire networking ‘brain’ in a single package. Some of our racks include the GBS 10-port, Opto-Splitter 2x8, and IQ DMX-Ethernet nodes. We also have IQ Minis for truss-mounting. Everything is wired with ProPlex cable, making our network arsenal ready for anything.”
Storm’s director, Dave Knapp adds, “The ProPlex software and devices are intuitive and very easy to use, as well as powerful, reliable, and bullet-proof. The flexibility offered by the IQ Two and ProPlex Opto-Splitters makes data routing via both hard-switchable and soft-patched universe outputs extremely easy when dealing with corporate events and other rental applications. We have racks going to Prague and currently at a corporate event in Vienna, as well as on the UK theatre tour of Dirty Dancing. Loving the kit and of course, the support from TMB.”
Since 1996, Storm has provided full technical production services including, lighting, rigging, sound, video, and staging throughout the UK and Europe. Serving a wide range of events from small conferences to large arena shows and tours, Storm al

nexusNexus Dry Hire rebrands after successful season
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Lighting and rigging dry hire specialist Nexus has launched a new brand identity as part of its wider business growth plans.
The company, which earlier in the year secured private investment from motor finance giants Evolution Funding, has introduced the new corporate identity to represent their position in the market and their vision for the future.
Tom Agar, Nexus managing director, explained: “This year has been a rollercoaster, with lots of exciting developments. We’ve invested nearly £1m in new stock over the last six months, including significant new purchases from Martin Professional, SGM, Robe, MA, ETC, and INDU.
“We’re securing contracts from all over the globe and a shift in our business model means we are now buying everything in quantity to ensure we have enough stock to service even the most onerous demands.
“We felt it was time we created a corporate image which accurately reflects our ethos, personality, capabilities and ambitions.”
In the wake of a successful summer, Nexus is projected an equally busy winter period and are currently recruiting, with plans to more than double the current team in order to maintain service levels.
In addition to this, plans have been laid for a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility in Wilmslow which will incorporate warehousing space eight times larger than their current premises. As well as offices to house the expanded team, the new facility will feature car parking for up to 32 visitors, six truck parking bays, level load docks and a driver zone where drivers can re

friemelHenning Wehland tours with dLive
Friday, 15 September 2017

Germany - As frontman of the band H-Blockx and singer of one of Germany’s top bands, Söhne Mannheims, Henning Wehland has enjoyed great success. His recent solo tour Der Letzte an der Bar (Last Man At The Bar) relies on an Allen & Heath dLive for Front Of House and a GLD-80 for monitors.
Technical director and FOH engineer Ansgar Friemel has been using Allen & Heath consoles for many years and for this diverse production he felt the dLive C Class C2500 system was the right fit.
“The big challenge of this production is the bandwidth of gigs we play, from street parties to the big festivals,” says Friemel. “We needed a very flexible console at FOH which integrates into various Dante or MADI networks easily – and dLive delivers it all. I also love that dLive gets better with every firmware update. Allen & Heath really listens to their users and constantly optimises the mixing workflow.”
A central element to the stage is a recreation of a bar counter. In addition to providing an interesting stage design for the story of the production, the counter also hosts the complete monitoring setup including an Allen & Heath GLD-80 as monitor desk and a KLANG:fabrik from KLANG:technologies for 3D in-ear monitoring.
“We use the GLD-80 and KLANG:fabrik in a Dante network plus a 24bit/96kHz gigaACE netzwork for FOH,” Friemel explains, “On top we can also use MADI to run virtual soundchecks, multitrack recordings or deliver signals to an OB van.“
As Henning Wehland sings in German, vocal clarity and intell

sainte-familleChauvet enhances beauty Of Sainte Famille
Friday, 15 September 2017

Canada - Walk into Ste-Famille Church in Boucherville, Quebec and you are not only entering a house of worship, but taking a transformative journey through time. Founded by the first bishop of Nouvelle France over three centuries ago, the church is one of the oldest in North America, its tradition reflected in its distinctive architecture and the richly coloured original frescoes that adorn its walls and ceiling, as well as the dome over its semi-circular apse.
As part of a recent revitalisation project, sponsored by the Conseil du Patrimoine du Québec, the church’s architectural flourishes and stunning frescoes now glow with a new radiance, thanks to a carefully planned all-LED lighting design by Philippe Péquignot that features a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures, supplied by Montreal’s XYZ Technologie Culturelle.
“Our mission was to showcase the church and its frescoes without detracting from the original aesthetics of the building or its artwork,” said Charles Cadieux of XYZ Technologie Culturelle, which provided technical design assistance on the project in addition to specifying and supplying the lights. “The selection of the correct LED fixtures and judicious placement of them were critical to helping us achieve this goal.”
Using LED fixtures was essential to this project, said Cadieux, given the age of the frescoes. “The frescoes still had their original paint, so we didn’t want to expose them to heat from a non-LED fixture,” he said. “We were committed to making this an all-LED installation.”
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