pixelflex-logoPixelFLEX joins NanoLumens partner programme
Friday, 20 October 2017

USA - NanoLumens, creators of interactive LED visualisation solutions, reports that Nashville-based PixelFLEX has joined the NanoLumens partner programme. Now able to exclusively market the NanoLumens' Nixel SeriesTM flexible LED under the name TrueFLEX visualised by NanoLumens, the partner agreement coincides with the settlement of the corresponding NanoLumens patent infringement lawsuit.
Monty Rains, president and COO of PixelFLEX said: "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with NanoLumens, and are happy to have joined the NanoLumens Partner Programme. Through this joint effort, we believe that our customers will benefit greatly from the technology, and we are excited to now offer the TrueFLEX visualized by NanoLumens LED video solution.”
"We welcome PixelFLEX to the NanoLumens partner programme and we look forward to working with them as they roll out their TrueFLEX visualised by NanoLumens flexible LED displays," said NanoLumens CEO Richard Cope. "NanoLumens has invested millions of dollars and man hours in the development of pioneering innovations that have been justly recognised by the United States Patent Office, and our new relationship with PixelFLEX works to the benefit of everyone."
(Jim Evans)

absenAV Stumpfl gives wings to Absen showroom
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Germany - Absen recently expanded and upgraded its showroom setup at their European HQ in Rüsselsheim, Germany.
In the new set up, the company is showcasing its bestselling models and a number of new LED solutions developed for a number of industries including corporate, retail, rental staging, OOH and sports.
The majority of the LED screens in the showroom are fed content from an AV Stumpfl Wings Engine Stage media server. The Wings software interface gives Absen technicians the ability to quickly change and replace professional audio-visual content, depending on the profile of the showroom visitors.
Oliver Straub, the Absen technician in charge of the showroom comments: “Since we opted for the Wings Engine media server, handling content has become a lot easier for us. We now have one main system interface, that we know is reliable and can easily be adjusted. In order to make the best use of the quality of our LED solutions, we needed a professional media server platform, because no matter how good your LED display is, you have to make sure that the content workflow is equally professional.”
Among the LED screens showcased in the showroom is the Absen HDV 1.2, the latest generation of UHD indoor wall displays for fixed installation. Boasting a viewing angle of 160°, the front install HDV 1.2 design helps to save up to 80% of space.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
LOUD acquired by Transom Capital Group
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - LOUD Technologies has been acquired by US private equity company Transom Capital Group.
The move is hoped to enable the growth of LOUD's brands, including Ampeg, EAW, Mackie and Martin Audio, and expand the company into adjacent markets.
The pro audio firm will now be named LOUD Audio and retain its executive management team to ensure continuity with product development, distribution and the supply chain.
LOUD CEO Mark Graham said: “This transaction is the first step in a broader strategic plan to enable and grow each of our iconic brands. Our brand and product strategies are greatly enhanced going forward as each will be working from a vastly improved financial structure and with access to growth capital. Transom is an exciting partner as they have experience in our industry and a great track record of building brands. Further, they share a commitment to our core values of customer focus and product innovation, and we are looking forward to working together to make our brands even more valuable to our partners and customers.”
Ty Schultz, managing partner of Transom Capital, added: “This transaction presents a great opportunity to work with the LOUD team to achieve the next stage of growth for these iconic brands. These brands are positioned well with major retailers, installers and production companies and bring with them an outstanding legacy of innovation and category-defining product introductions. We have been working closely with LOUD’s leadership to ensure continuity of the supply chain, channel relationships and LOUD’s

 
spotlighttheleyspic1-pressThe Leys upgrades with Spotlight LED Fresnels
Thursday, 19 October 2017

UK - Cambridge-based co-educational boarding and day school The Leys has recently upgraded the drama technical facilities of its purpose-built theatre and performing arts centre with the latest energy-efficient Spotlight Green Line white LED Fresnels.
As part of the lighting upgrade of the school’s 337-seat performance venue, theatre manager Paul Durose contacted A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd. (AC-ET) to replace the existing conventional Fresnels / PC white lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LED equivalents.
Paul had previously worked with AC-ET to upgrade the theatre and main drama studio's PAR and Profile fixtures to full colour-changing LED versions, so he approached them again to recommend several suitable white fixtures from their extensive portfolio of theatrical LED solutions.
The company's specialist lighting sales division arranged for an onsite trial of various product options, after which Paul chose Spotlight Green Line FresneLED 200W and FresneLED Compact 100W, Warm White Fresnels.
He commented: "Over the past few years we have invested in an all-LED 'standard rig' for both our main theatre and drama studio. We had been looking for an affordable, good quality warm-white LED Fresnel. In my opinion, the Spotlight units offer this at a good price. They produced the best results out of the various LED fixtures we trialled, and deliver a very smooth and even coverage, with no compromise to the quality of light.
“As well as complementing the rigs' RGB LED units, they work well with our additional theatre stock of 1.2

 
 
rs-nf-1Stageco takes to the road with the Stones
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Europe - Stageco continued its long-term association with The Rolling Stones on the band’s current tour No Filter.
The staging company created the two steel tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
The Rolling Stones production manager Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth engaged in what he referred to as “my A team”, featuring creative director Patrick Woodroffe and set designer Ray Winkler from Stufish Entertainment Architects, with Jeremy Lloyd of Wonder Works co-ordinating the technical design elements and working with Stageco’s project manager Hedwig De Meyer and R&D engineers Tom Frederickx, Patrick Martens and Kai Eppinger, to create two complete steel, tower and roof systems that have been leapfrogging around Europe since the start of September when the tour opened at Hamburg’s Stadtpark Festwiese.
From the outset, the band’s main wish was for a tidy and streamlined production, with sleek contours but absolutely no hint of behind the scenes steelwork. Spreading 60m wide, the resulting set features four monolithic 22m high x 11m wide LED video screens, a 28m long T-shaped catwalk and B-stage, and a bespoke, cantilevered, transparent-skinned ‘roofette’ that hovers above the band.
Stefaan Vandenbosch, the leader of one of the two outdoor Stageco crews (Kevin De Meyer managed the other), commented: “Each system fills 17 trucks. Working with our own team of 14 along with 15 local climbers and 15 stage hands, it tak

 
ello-caiaProel names international sales manager for Axiom
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Italy - Proel has announced the appointment of Elio Caia to the position of international sales manager for the company's Axiom professional loudspeaker brand. Effective from the beginning of October, Caia will be responsible for growing and coordinating all of Axiom's export markets in the EMEA, APAC, and North American regions.
Caia comes to Axiom with a solid background in professional audio, having worked as part of an export team managing distributors, developing markets, and providing specialised technical support to export markets for a noted pro audio sound systems manufacturer. He has travelled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, and is very familiar with multiple cultures.
"Elio has a fine balance of experience and skills to address the different facets of today's world-wide pro audio market," commented Axiom business unit manager Daniele Massaccesi, "I feel that a proper interpretation of different market needs requires a good cultural and linguistic background combined with a suitable technical and commercial knowledge, and these are talents that we have found in abundance with Elio.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
at5047Audio-Technica now shipping AT5047
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - Audio-Technica is now shipping its new AT5047 cardioid condenser microphone. The most recent addition to A-T’s 50 Series, the AT5047 is a premier studio microphone that features the same capsule as the AT5040 but with a transformer-coupled output and optimised electronics. It is equally at home capturing instruments and vocals.
Boasting a wide dynamic range – the widest among all Audio-Technica microphones – the AT5047 captures the full, expressive character of a sound source, no matter how loud or how soft. And since it is equipped with a transformer-coupled output, the microphone maintains a constant load output impedance, even when capturing sources at extreme SPL, resulting in a stable relationship between the mic and a mic preamp or console input.
The AT5047 features four rectangular two-micron-thick diaphragms, which function together to provide a combined surface area twice that of a standard one-inch circular diaphragm. Discrete components have been carefully selected and optimized for maximum performance and compatibility with a wide array of microphone preamps and console inputs. Advanced internal shock mounting decouples the capsule from the microphone body, and the included advanced-design AT8480 shock mount provides superior isolation.
(Jim Evans)

 
se-electronicssE Electronics’ double launch at AES NYC
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - sE Electronics is presenting two microphones at the AES Show in New York - an updated version of sE2200 and the V7 X, a dynamic microphone with a specialized aluminum voice coil intended for a wide range of instrumental applications. sE will also be showcasing their newest small-diaphragm condenser, the sE8, and the V7 MC1, the wireless version of their acclaimed V7 dynamic.
sE states, “Given the revered status of its predecessors, we’ve remained true to our original hand-crafted capsule design for the sE2200, custom-built transformer and class-A discrete circuit topologies – so it still has the sound of the mics loved by a whole generation of engineers.” Previous versions were made famous through use with world-class vocal recording artists like Amy Winehouse, and still remain a standard in mic lockers around the world.”
The V7 X is a brand-new sibling to sE’s V7 handheld dynamic, highly regarded for its high-fidelity sound and superior off-axis rejection. While the V7 is intended for vocals, the V7 X’s specialized capsule’s aluminum voice coil and acoustic design have been specifically tailored for instrumental use, with a lowered resonance and extended frequency response providing a “perfectly natural balance of detailed highs and deep, clear lows”. The V7 X is intended for use on snares, toms, electric & acoustic guitars, brass instruments, and more.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
pmc-result6-studio-shot-1PMC launches compact nearfield monitor at AES
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - At this week’s AES convention in New York, UK loudspeaker manufacturer PMC is launching result6, a compact nearfield reference monitor.
PMC’s new two-way active result6 loudspeaker “combines all the attributes for which the company’s pro reference monitors are internationally renowned”. These include high resolution and detail, accurate and extended bass, consistent tonal balance on all levels and wide dispersion and sweet spot - all distilled into an affordable nearfield reference with the emphasis on elegant simplicity.
The two-way design features a 27mm soft-dome tweeter with dispersion grille and a mid/bass unit composed of a doped natural fibre, both custom-designed for the result6. The LF driver was developed using a aser-based measurement system, recently introduced into the design process at PMC, which determines the electromechanical performance of the driver with extreme accuracy and allows the bass driver to be perfectly integrated with the Advanced Transmission Line - the proprietary bass-loading system at the heart of all PMC products.
The built-in dual amplifiers supply 65W and 100W of power to the HF and LF drivers respectively
"The result6 provides the perfect introduction to the benefits of ATL technology for audio professionals new to our range," explains Oliver Thomas, PMC's head of design. "Of course, as is the PMC way, a great deal of advanced design work has been involved behind the scenes. There are no overly complex DSP-based user options or room profiles; instead, the result6 achieves its characterist

 
kh80dspawrightCompact Neumann monitor now in white
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - At this week’s AES Convention in NYC, studio specialist Neumann is showcasing a new white version of its compact KH 80 DSP monitor loudspeaker.
“This white version has been designed for stylish project or home studios that prefer white monitors, for installations where the loudspeakers should not detract from the look of the room, and for home audiophiles,” said Wolfgang Fraissinet, president of Neumann.Berlin.
Since its launch earlier this year, the KH 80 DSP two-way active monitor has met with “huge acclaim from users worldwide as it provides highly accurate, professional monitoring with a small footprint”.
The KH 80 DSP features the same distortion-minimizing features as the bigger Neumann models and the same innovative Mathematically Modelled Dispersion (MMD) waveguide, which ensures wide horizontal and narrow vertical dispersion, thus making the monitor more forgiving of diverse acoustical environments and ensuring a smoother off-axis response, less reflections, and freedom of movement.
The KH 80 DSP’s cabinet is made from a special polycarbonate composite that eliminates standing waves and ensures an ultra-fast transient response for the bass. It also reduces intermodulation distortion, particularly in the midrange. The front panel is made from one piece, which minimizes diffraction and ensures a smoother frequency response overall. Two large ports reduce the bass compression and are helpful when the monitor needs to be mounted in tight spaces.
The KH 80 DSP is Neumann’s first monitor loudspeaker with a DSP en

 
 
vidyavoxsmChris Reade lights Vidya Vox with Chauvet
Thursday, 19 October 2017

South Africa - A light show featuring CHAUVET Professional fixtures is supporting YouTube hit act Vidya Vox on her international tour.
The Chris Reade and Jay Ballinger-designed light show includes a collection of Maverick MK2 Spot, Rogue R2 Wash and STRIKE 4 fixtures.
“We use these fixtures in wide variety of ways to reflect the scope of Vidya’s music,” said Reade of Las Vegas based KYVA Design LLC. “Much of the credit for our impactful lightshow goes to Heather Cossette. Jay and I gave her a general overview of what we were looking for regarding visuals. Heather then took the concept and put her stamp on it through her programming and directing. We trust Heather's instincts. I personally am impressed by her creativity, detail, and fantastic attitude.”
The net result of this collaborative effort is a lightshow that’s as sweeping and ebullient as Vidya Vox’s far-ranging creative mashups. Relying on the rich colours, wide zoom range and crisp gobo patterns of their overhead fixtures, the designers create intricate lighting architecture on stage that seems to bend and flow with the artist’s music.
Although the exact number of fixtures in the rig varies depending on the country the international tour appears in, their role in the design remains consistent. The Maverick MK2 Spot fixtures are flown on multiple trusses and are employed as key lights, in addition to being used for silhouettes, audience sweeps and gobo breakups.
“We’ve really been impressed by the MK2 Spot’s output,” said Reade. “It’s definitely givin

 
thailandHarman provides luxurious AV experience in Bangkok
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Thailand - Mahajak Development Co recently installed a complete Harman networked AV audio solution at AVANI Riverside Bangkok.
In order to provide audio coverage and networked AV for a wide range of specialized areas and environments, hotel owner Minor International hired Mahajak Development to install a Harman AV audio solution comprising JBL Professional speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS signal processors, Soundcraft audio mixers and AMX networked AV systems.
“We asked Mahajak Development to provide us with robust AV solutions to accommodate a spectrum of events and functions,” said Pakpoom Worakamolkul, senior engineering manager, Minor International. “Thanks to the variety of speaker types and sizes in the JBL Control Series line, Mahajak was able to customise the solution in each different environment to deliver maximum coverage and intelligibility. The colours and grills of the speakers blend in with their surroundings perfectly. Furthermore, the Harman AV systems in our grand ballroom and meeting spaces are very flexible and easily optimized for different types of events.”
The AV system allows the AVANI Riverside Bangkok staff to produce weddings, business conferences, private parties and more. In the grand ballroom, JBL Control Series speakers are complemented by JBL EON Series powered speakers and JBL STX818S subwoofers for enhanced volume and bass response. The entire system is powered by Crown CTs Series, XLi Series and XTi 2 Series amplifiers.
Soundcraft MFXi audio mixers enable staff and guest DJs to quickly craft professio

 
 
macysreflect-hires-1PixelFLEX heads downtown to Macy’s
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - US retailer Macy’s has installed a LED video display from PixelFLEX at its Brooklyn department store.
The company contacted provider of digital brand media solutions Reflect, who installed a new FLEXLite NXG 3.9mm LED video display from PixelFLEX.
“Looking to add digital media to the new Brooklyn store design, the executives at Macy’s brought us on early in the project where they were originally concepting a large video wall composed of 55” LCD displays,” began Chas Thornhill, CTS, Reflect’s senior systems engineer. “I took one look at that and immediately started working to change the design from LCD to LED. In the end, we were successful in proving that LED would look better while being more cost-effective when considering the full installation and maintenance costs, and the FLEXLite NXG looks great in the new space.”
Now with fully front-serviceable video panels, plus seamless right-angle corner capabilities, the FLEXLite NXG is one of the highest resolution LED video displays on the market. Available in 2.6-6.25mm pitch options, plus a 6.25mm full outdoor IP65 version as well, FLEXLite NXG tiles are calibrated directly out of the box to ensure perfect color and brightness and will help you realize the full potential of your retail LED video environment.
“Macy’s has a few corporate owned LED displays, mostly in the Herald Square flagship store, so they weren’t completely unfamiliar with the technology, but they did have the idea it would be much more expensive over LCD,” continued Thornhill. “Using the enti

 
ahgarethowenAllen & Heath monitoring wins West End approval
Thursday, 19 October 2017

UK - Olivier and Tony Award-winning sound designer Gareth Owen has recently specified an array of Allen & Heath products across three of London’s biggest theatre productions.
Employed to solve the issues of personal monitoring for musicians in the West End shows, the ME-1 Personal Mixer is at the heart of the systems, which Owen has used for Wind In The Willows (London Palladium), Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum) and 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane).
“This is the future,” says Owen. “We have three of the biggest shows in London, two on Broadway and Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame running out in Germany, all on the Allen & Heath set-ups and we couldn’t be happier. It’s been a truly great choice.”
Rather than being driven by a traditional console, the ME-1s are fed by an Allen & Heath dLive DM64 MixRack in each situation, with the MixRack controlled from touch-screen PCs running the company’s Director software. As such each of the installations allows for a remarkably compact solution to the complex needs of each production.
With different musical line-ups – ranging from the orchestral 42nd Street to the electric band in Bat Out Of Hell – the shows bring varying challenges in terms of monitoring. But the flexibility of the ME-1 and DM64 systems has placed control in the hands of each player, as Owen explains:
“We have older, very experienced brass players who want everything kept very simple,” he says, “and young drummers who want every one of t

 
 
mercedestarm laser show launches latest Mercedes
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Germany - Lewis Hamilton unveiled the latest Mercedes supercar on the eve of the Frankfurt International Motor Show with a laser display featuring tarm Showlaser products.
Six full-colour 25W Phaenon X AT lasers, five full-colour 12W Phaenon N X Mini laser and lots of mirrors with different shapes and customised mounts formed an imposing laser grid, effectively showcasing the new features of the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE.
The two-seater supersports show car brings the very latest and efficient, fully-fledged Formula 1 hybrid technology from the race track to the road. The show car marks the highlight of the sports car and performance brand´s 50th anniversary year.
(Jim Evans)

 
crosswaycc-1Yamaha solution for Crossway Christian Centre
Thursday, 19 October 2017

UK - A Yamaha sound system was specified for the new Crossway Christian Centre in London’s Elephant & Castle.
The church, which had existed for over 150 years, recently moved to a new building and required an adaptable audio system was needed to serve its numerous congregations.
Rev. Dr Peter Stevenson, Minister at Crossway Church, consulted with Daniel Cunnings of Cunnings Recording Associates and chose an audio system based on two Yamaha MRX7-D and one MTX3 matrix processors. The system is controlled by six surface-mounted DCP4V4S panels, with Yamaha’s ProVisionaire Touch iPad app for Peter and church music leaders.
“A key factor in the choice of equipment was that the system had to be complex enough to cope with everything from tiny meetings to large congregations with music. It needed to handle different congregations meeting in different rooms at the same time, using the same system,” says Daniel.
The system provides audio in three spaces - the main worship area, a secondary worship area upstairs (which can also be used as an overflow for the main area) and a third, multi-purpose room. The main and secondary worship areas feature audio inputs for music-based praise, as well as projectors and screens. The system has a range of presets to allow audio to be input and output in any configuration.
Daniel continues: “There were a lot of people to please, so everything in the building needed to be configurable to suit whatever reason anyone has for being here,’ Peter adds, diplomatically noting, “We are in Zone 1 London,

 
 
sonosaxSonosax joins Sennheiser’s AMBEO for VR programme
Thursday, 19 October 2017

USA - Switzerland-based mixer and recorder manufacturer Sonosax has become part of Sennheiser's AMBEO for VR partnership programme.
Launched at IBC 2017, the programme has been created to ensure seamless production workflows and interoperability for VR and AR productions. It encompasses collaborations with manufacturers of field recorders, VR live cameras and live streaming software, mixing plug-ins and VR platforms.
A leading manufacturer of professional audio mixers and recorders for 40 years, Sonosax has joined the AMBEO for VR programme with its SX-R4+ 16-track recorder.
As well as including the Sennheiser A-to-B converter to enable simultaneous recording of the A and B formats or B Format only from the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic, the recorder is also available with an optional, dedicated 12-pin socket for connecting the microphone. This eliminates the need for the split 4 x XLR audio cable – a significant step to make the lives of VR content creators easier.
(Jim Evans)

 
adliballen--heath-6c6c28Adlib becomes certified dLive reseller
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

UK - Adlib has become an authorised Allen & Heath dLive sales partner.
The company has also invested in two dLive S7000 surfaces (fitted with Waves v3 audio networking cards) with DM64 MixRacks for its rental offering.
“Integration was an important consideration for Adlib, who configured the systems to run perfectly with their existing fibre infrastructures. Support was also crucial to the company, which is why we provide our ‘red carpet’ package with dedicated 24 hour phone support,” explains Audio-Technica’s dLive specialist Rich Soper.
As a certified dLive reseller, the company is also able to deliver expert after-sales back up and service for the S Class and new compact C Class dLive surfaces, associated MixRack and networking options and accessories.
Dave Jones, from Adlib’s rental division says, “We did some field tests with dLive product initially and received very positive results. That, coupled with the high opinion of the consoles amongst Adlib technicians and an ever-increasing rider requirement, made the investment in the dLive systems a very straightforward decision for us.”
Al Mouat from Adlib’s sales division adds, “It’s great having added the dLive to our sales as well as our rental stock – it’s very quickly become a popular choice for engineers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
david-franciscoThe David Francisco Ride For Hope
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

USA - On 23 June 2018, a dedicated group of music industry professionals will embark on a 12-day, 500-mile bicycle ride along the California coast to raise awareness and funding for spinal cord injury sufferers.
The event, produced by non-profit organisation Celebrate Overcoming, is inspired by the physical and spiritual journey of spinal cord injury survivor and musician David Francisco. In April 2016, David’s life changed forever, in a split second.
While the 24-year-old was riding his bike home from his recording classes at Nashville’s Blackbird Academy, a distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into him at 40 miles per hour. The impact was catastrophic: He shattered his spine in three places, and was told he’d likely never walk again.
After a year of intense physical rehabilitation, David has defied the odds and learned to walk, and this past June, graduated Blackbird Academy. His next goal: Learning to ride a bike again, which he is accomplishing on a tandem cycle with his fiancée, Kristi, at the helm.
David’s indomitable spirit throughout his path to recovery gave rise to the David Francisco Ride for Hope. “Witnessing David’s courage and determination through his recovery from a catastrophic injury moved me to put this event together,” says ride executive director Kevin Becka. “The 500-mile trek is an effort to bring awareness and drive funds to those with spinal cord injuries and to help others to overcome and move beyond life-altering events.” “I am inspired every day by David and his positive attitude and

 
painting-with-light-ghost-rockers-tour-33Ghost Rockers in the house tonight
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Belgium - The band at the heart of popular Belgian TV series Ghost Rockers – produced by Studio 100 and syndicated throughout Europe – hits the road for a series of gigs around Belgium this autumn, complete with a fresh lighting design by Belgian design studio Painting with Light’s Paco Mispelters.
One of Paco’s starting points was the practical consideration of different sized venues on the tour, so from the outset, the look and the lighting rig had to be scalable.
The audience is young and the music is lively pop-rock, so he needed lots of dynamics, colour and vitality. Added to that, there is a narrative to the set – the show is directed by Tijl Dauwe so some strategic tricks were required, including a classical touch of theatrical magic - a Pepper’s Ghost.
With no set as such, apart from some low stairs and a couple of risers, Paco also needed to create additional structural elements, and proved that 48 active Showtec Sunstrips upstage and a bit of imaginative programming can go a long way.
The Sunstrips were rigged in 10 continuous and broken columns, and to four vertical trusses at the back.
Behind this – far upstage - the band’s scenic logo is rigged and illuminated with its own set of LED PARs.
All this combines to bring a depth and a sense of three-dimensionality to the space.
The Pepper’s Ghost effect is created by an area of LED floor on which the ghosted character (from the theatre) appears, and this image is bounced to the audience via a screen immediately above centre stage, angled at

 
 
miss-saigon-1-mainUnusual Rigging on the road with Miss Saigon
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

UK/Ireland - Unusual Rigging are no novices when it comes to the technical ins and outs of Miss Saigon. The company worked on the original show when it opened in the West End nearly three decades ago and again in 2014 when the show re-opened to rave reviews at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Cameron Mackintosh's production of Boubil and Schonberg's Miss Saigon began touring this summer – and once again Unusual Rigging have been brought on board to ensure the success of the musical as it tours the UK and Ireland.
The show is currently running at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin until the end of November when it moves to the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Helen Guest, production manager explained: "The tour itself is based on the version of the show which ran at the Prince Edward Theatre but with some additions that were introduced in the Broadway version earlier this year.
“The set is a mixture of new built elements and a refurbishment of a set that we used in Korea. All in all it is actually a bigger show that in London – even though it's a tour! We transport 16 x 45ft trailers and Unusual Rigging are asked with overseeing all the rigging elements of the production."
With the Unusual team headed by Simon Stone being brought onto the project in April 2017, they were supplied with a hefty brief. "We basically supply all the hoists, control and rigging to the flown lighting, sound and set," commented Simon. "We are responsible for the design and calculations for how we lift the elements in the venues on the tour and

 
red-rocksOutline reinforces Avett Brothers at Red Rocks
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

USA - Special Event Services (SES) used Outline loudspeakers to craft the live sound of the Avett Brothers during their three-night stint at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre near Denver.
The 9,525-capacity mountain venue lies over 6,000ft above sea level and presents some unusual conditions to visiting sound reinforcement companies.
SES president Jason Farah comments: ‘Red Rocks is a challenging venue, as it is very long, very steep, and the PA is at the bottom of the hill with limited trim height. I employed a few innovative techniques to overcome these challenges, and the results were nothing less than remarkable - in fact, the Outline GTO / C-12 / Mantas design I deployed provided the best outcome of all the PA systems I've ever used there.”
Farah continues, ’Because the Avett Brothers’ music ranges from the very lively to tender moments, it was amazing to stand in the back row at the top of the venue and still feel every nuance of their music. It was utterly uncanny that they were so far away, yet felt so incredibly close.”
The main system used a combination of Outline speaker elements, all drawn from SES’s extensive inventory of the Italian manufacturer’s products. Each of the main L&R arrays comprised 10 GTO modules at the top for the long-throw with three GTO C-12 below them for the shorter throw, then four Mantas at the bottom for down-fill. Normally, Outline’s dedicated GTO-DF downfall cabinet would used for the lower cabinets but since at Red Rocks the bottom of the array was so close to the audience, Mantas provided

 
 
mariamagdalenakyrka-22d&b changes course of historic Stockholm church
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Sweden - A sound system from d&b has been installed at Stockholm’s historic Maria Magdalena church as part of the building’s renovation.
SoundCop Consulting, who provided consultation and installation services for the project, had initially chosen another system, but switched d&b’s xC-Series column loudspeakers after attending a demo by d&b’s local partner Arva Trading at another Stockholm church, Stefanskyrkan (Saint Stephens church).
SoundCop Consulting decided to go with a combination of d&b’s xC-Series 2-way passive column loudspeakers, xS-Series loudspeakers, and B4 cardioid subwoofers along with the 10D four channel amplifier.
Natanael Lyckelind, sales and support AV/pro audio, at Arva Trading explains: “The passive cardioid function of the xC-Series column loudspeakers results in excellent dispersion control, which makes them particularly good for an environment like Maria Magdalena. SoundCop Consulting was very impressed with the results that they saw – or rather heard – at the demo.”
“We were totally blown away by how good it sounded at the demo,” confirms Jacob Julin, co-owner, SoundCop Consulting. “So, we went back and changed the whole specification for Maria Magdalena. This is the first two-way passive column speaker that we have seen that actually sounds like a proper PA system. The sound stays coherent and warm, rather than like it’s coming from a flimsy speaker, which is so often the case with the sound setup in a church.”
As Lyckelind explains, in a church the size of Stockhol

 
twitchHawthorn delivers 'mammoth' set for ESL at EGX 2017
Wednesday, 18 October 2017

UK - Creative technical event production company Hawthorn constructed a 4,830sq.m set for eSports company ESL Gaming at the UK’s biggest games trade fair, EGX, held at NEC Birmingham in September.
Hawthorn delivered the vast custom-made set and supplied lighting, sound, rigging and staging, with five artic lorries needed to transport their kit - three of which were used just for the mammoth set.
The company created two large gaming stages, the ESL Premiership stage and the Twitch stage, both of which designed by ESL. Hawthorn custom built each set to ESL’s specifications, including the creation of custom gaming desks for the high-octane competition over the four days.
“With the ESL Arena covering nearly 5,000sq.m of space, this was a demanding job for us in terms of scenic creation” says Hawthorn senior project manager Ryan Grant who led the project. “Not only did we produce two stages, but we also custom built the exhibition stand for Intel to ESL’s exact specification.
“In total we had about a month of prep work and planning for the project before the on-site build started. We worked closely with the ESL team throughout the process to ensure everything met their specific requirements and achieved the best possible results.”
ESL creative team came up with an ambitious brief for the Intel stand, measuring 21m x 14m. The stand featured three large graphic walls with custom designed lightboxes used to highlight each of Intel’s featured processors. The brief also specified fitting a sub-hung flown truss that acted as a

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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