warehouseThe Warehouse schedules Adamson showcase
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - The Warehouse Sound Services is to host a presentation and demonstration day of Adamson Systems loudspeakers. The event will be held at The Backstage Centre in Essex on Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 1pm.
The Warehouse Sound Services is the UK distributor for Adamson. The company has invested heavily in Adamson equipment over the last year to help get these systems established in the rental and installation markets within the UK. The company will be showcasing its S-Series and new IS-Series of premium loudspeakers, with key personnel from Adamson and The Warehouse on-hand for the demonstration.
Adamson’s S-Series of tour-grade loudspeakers, including the flagship S10, will be demonstrated. The two-way, true line source sub-compact line array cabinet has been deployed in the U.K. for recent shows by the likes of Bryan Adams and Shawn Mendes, plus major events like the Edinburgh Festival production of Trainspotting, Rock the Stadium in Falkirk with Madness and Jess Glynne, and the Montrose Music Festival, headlined by The Beach Boys and Deacon Blue.
Additionally, this summer, The Warehouse deployed over 100 Adamson loudspeakers – including the S10 – at the Virgin Money Fireworks Concert, which closed out the Edinburgh International Festival with a performance by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Adamson and The Warehouse are also hosting the first UK demo of the install-focused IS-Series in the U.K., which packs the company’s sophisticated tour-grade technology into sleek architecturally friendly boxes with rugged and unobtrusive ri

wicreations-rolling-stones-no-filter-2017-img1128Wicreations on Rolling Stones No Filter tour
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Europe - Entertainment engineering experts WIcreations has constructed several major set elements and developed associated rigging systems for the spectacular stage architecture designed by Stufish for the Rolling Stones’ No Filter European tour.
WI’s team, led by Hans Willems and Koen Peeters, had to create a cantilevered stage roofing system above the main performance area; devise a method for rigging and securing four 23m x 11m LED video screens to the front of four large steel towers; and build two mobile technical areas.
Koen Peeters has worked on previous Rolling Stones Tours in 1998, 2002 and 2005. He said: “It’s great to be back working with the band and an amazing creative and technical team. We have really enjoyed the challenges and the collaboration, and I think the end results are something of which we can all be proud.”
After discussing the key design points with Ray Winkler from Stufish, Wicreations was approached by staging and steel specialist StageCo and asked to develop and fabricate two cantilevered roofs - two complete, steel, tower and roof systems.
Winkler wanted the stage roofing system to look ‘slick and streamlined and industrially super-chic’, with no visible raw metalwork and a full drainage system.
The four curved 12m-long steel roof beams are clad with aluminium panels and each beam breaks down into two sections. Each 12m section contains nine integral Martin MAC Viper moving lights, which are central to Patrick Woodroffe’s lighting design.
The lights travel in purpose-built bea

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Live & Gigging - Live music now accounts for almost a quarter of UK music industry revenues, new figures reveal.
Concerts brought in £1 billion in 2016, over £300m more than recorded music - which includes sales of CDs, vinyl, downloads and streaming.
In total, 30.9 million tickets were sold for concerts and festivals in 2016, up from 27.7 million in 2015, but UK Music warned that the closure of small venues posed a threat to up-and-coming artists.
"Live music did have another great year," said CEO Michael Dugher. "But future talent will never get the chance to shine if we continue to see cuts in music in schools and closures in venues where artists need to learn their craft in the first place."
He also repeated calls for artists to be fairly compensated for their music - singling out media giants YouTube and Facebook for criticism. "Unlike the subscription services, those platforms often offer little adequate reward to the investors and creators of the 'content' - i.e. the music - that drives so much of their traffic," he said.
The report noted that YouTube was the most popular way to consume music in the UK, with 31% of the population using it at least once a week.The company recently defended its royalty rates, claiming it pays around $3 (£2.20) for every 1,000 ad-supported streams in the US.
Royal Appointment - Birmingham Conservatoire has been granted a royal title by the Queen. Joining a select list of performing arts institutions, the music and drama academy will be renamed the Royal Birmingham Conservato

atlonaalexmossAtlona strengthens UK sales management
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - Atlona has strengthened its UK and Ireland sales team with the appointment of industry veteran Alex Moss as senior sales manager. Reporting to Atlona general manager Ronni Guggenheim, Alex will leverage his broad industry expertise to support sales initiatives across end users, partners and systems integrators as he works to expand the company’s regional presence.
Alex’s trajectory has followed parallel sales and technology paths through much of his nearly 10 years in commercial AV industry. Since late 2013 until joining Atlona on 1 October, Alex held technical sales consultant and sales manager positions at various times with Cabletime, a leading manufacturer of IPTV, digital signage and media distribution products.
“With the addition of AVoIP, control and wireless collaboration, Atlona’s product offering has evolved toward a full solutions-oriented approach,” said Guggenheim. “The sales process has therefore grown more demanding as we cover a broader scope in commercial AV installations. Alex brings the relevant background and experience of complex systems sales, and working with end users and systems integrator – both qualities that Atlona needs to continue its growth momentum throughout the UK and Ireland.”
(Jim Evans)

next-proaudiopxh95NEXT-proaudio introduces the PXH95
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Europe - The new NEXT PXH95 is the Mid-High Speaker that belongs to the PX system, a system that can offer high SPL, reliability, an aesthetic design and high sound fidelity throughout the venue. This system is designed for portable applications as well as small concerts. Side-fill or DJ monitoring are also one of the many applications that the PX System covers.
When used by itself, the new PXH95 can be used in a variety of installation projects, including sports facilities, performance spaces, auditoriums, or worship facilities.
This new element was engineered to be a powerful medium/longthrow mid/high-frequency cabinet in a coaxial configuration. The frequency response range varies from 150 Hz to 19 kHz, with a precise coverage pattern of 90°H x 50°V over a frequency range from 400Hz–17kHz, ensuring equal sound within the coverage area. As the PXH95 cabinet is square based, it can be rotated to achieve 50ºH x 90ºV coverage pattern.
To obtain the highest possible on-axis sound pressure levels over long distances, the PXH95 mid/high unit is entirely horn-loaded creating an additional sensitivity and improved pattern control. The HF range, from 1.15kHz upwards, is reproduced by a Neodymium 1.4” driver with a 3” voice coil and a Constant Q horn, whilst the mid-range, from 150Hz to 1.25kHz, is provided by a low power compression 12” driver loaded by a midrange horn.
Wider horizontal coverage can be achieved using multiple PXH95, laterally stacked or flown. The PXH95 cabinet must be rotated by 90test

steve--nik-at-the-finishing-lineCUK Audio driving for charity
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Europe - CUK Audio’s retail sales channel manager, Steve Barton, has just completed – and won - a gruelling 2,500-mile rally across Europe to raise money for the motor industry charity, BEN. A total of 28 teams took part in the event organised by Bilstein Group UK which took them through 10 countries in seven days via some of Europe’s most beautiful – and challenging – driving routes.
Barton and his team-mate, Nik Edwards drove a CUK Audio-branded 2005 MG ZT-T diesel estate (don’t be fooled, they were pretty fast, aggressive drives in their time!) to take part in the Banger Rally that left Marden in Kent on 15 September to cross the finish line seven days later at Bilstein’s new state-of-the-art warehouse facility in Markham Vale.
Sponsored by CUK Audio, the vehicle sported logos from several manufacturers in CUK’s MI/retail portfolio, namely dB Technologies, HEDD, ADK microphone, Caymon & Procab. The route took Team CUK through some of Europe’s most difficult and spectacular driving terrain including the Stelvio pass in Italy, the Grossglockner and Hahntennjoch passes in Austria and the Butter Tubs pass in Yorkshire. So far, the event has raised over £25,000 for BEN, a charity dedicated to the support of persons and their families who have worked or are working in the automotive industry.
(Jim Evans)

Real Friends at home with Chauvet Professional
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

USA - At a time when some bands are using exotic, abstract and hard to decipher scenic elements on stage, pop punk phenoms Real Friends are taking an entirely different approach. Touring the USA, Mexico and Australia in support of their second studio album The Home Inside My Head, the Chicago-based quintet is performing in front of a downright homey set, complete with a family room couch, Afghan blankets and lamps that look like they popped out of mid-century America.
This set is meant to convey the honest connection that Real Friends has with their fans, rather than nostalgia or drowsy comfort. Although there are some gentle acoustic tunes in the tour’s set list, most of the time the band kicks things into raw punk gear with hard driving songs like Mess and the staccato Empty Picture Frames. Supporting the gentle set and the edgy music is a flexible Steve Kosiba designed lightshow that features Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by Squeek Lights.
Kosiba’s rig performs a wide range of functions from backlighting and silhouetting the band during sing-a-longs, to warming the stage with side lighting, to creating aerial effects, to highlighting crowd surfers (a common sight at Real Friends concerts). This versatility is particularly impressive, given the compactness of his rig, most of which is set up on four pipes with tees.
“We have two 4’ pipes and two 6’ pipes,” said Kosiba. “Rogue R1 Spots are positioned on top of each pipe and a pair of Nexus 4x1 bars are mounted on the front of each pipe. Then we have a pai

sanxayPhilips Lighting supports Opera Sanxay
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

France - Philips Lighting reports that it has worked closely with Opera Sanxay to introduce the first-ever moving light rig for the celebrated Soirées Lyrique de Sanxay opera festival, staged from 10-14 August. The use of the latest stage lighting and control technology successfully enabled a new level of dynamic design possibilities for this highly respected outdoor spectacle.
Now in its 18th year as one of France's leading lyrical arts events, Soirées Lyrique de Sanxay maintains presentation standards as high as any international opera event. Illuminating the elaborate scenic and costume designs to the required standard calls for the highest quality and reliability lighting.
The carefully chosen lighting rig for this year's production, Mozart's The Magic Flute, successfully combined traditional and LED light sources. Moving lights, including Philips VL4000 Spots and VL6000 Beams, plus LED-based Philips VLZ Wash and Philips Showline SL BEAM 300 FX luminaires, were used alongside fixed units. Control was provided by the latest Philips Strand NEO system.
In exploiting the possibilities of this advanced set-up, lighting designer Nevio Cavina enjoyed comprehensive on-site support and programming assistance from Philips Entertainment's Bobby Harrell and Gregg Brooks.
"The lighting package allowed a new dynamic in the narrative to be explored," says Cavina. "I was impressed by the richness of the colour and effects and the accuracy of the stored positions of the moving lights. The water and fire effects were particularly satisfying.

Prolyte supplies LiteDeck to Fruition Events
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UAE - With the delivery of a large batch of over 500 pieces of LiteDeck staging platforms, Prolyte Group and Fruition Events LLC embark on a fruitful cooperation in the Middle East region.
Prolyte Group will deliver the LiteDeck staging elements in two batches, the first to be completed in September, just in time for the start of the season in the Middle East region. The second to complete later in October.
Fruition Events aims to become a recognised event delivery partner in the Middle East region.
They choose to achieve this through continuous investment into a world-class team of industry professionals and sustainable product lines that can meet creative challenges. They focus on offering a professional and full-service infrastructure for the events sector. Fruition Events have extensive regional experience and can boast varied strategic partnerships, guaranteeing expertise and knowledge.
“Investigating the opportunity of local production with the Prolyte Group fulfilled our commitment to not only invest into a sustainable product line, but also to enhance availability in the UAE market,” comments Warren Barlow, managing director of Fruition Events. “Prolyte Group manufactures leading products, which are widely recognised and used across the globe. LiteDeck offers a clean aesthetic look in comparison to existing steel products, whilst retaining simple functionality and creative design principles.
“Coupled with the extensive backup of the Prolyte network, we will have the added capability of developing special components locall

CEG launches new website
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - East Anglia-based CEG has recently launched its new website (www.ceghirepro.uk) which includes a hire catalogue allowing customer to get a real-time view of inventory information and availability.
Working closely with rental management software experts, Current-RMS, CEG has created its website using the API (Application Programming Interface) provided by Current to help build these industry-first features, which give CEG’s customers access and control as never seen before.
CEG’s director Ben Bowles explained: “When we started this project back in 2016, we worked closely with Chris Branson and his team at Current RMS to see how we could build our new website using the functionality built within Current. From the start of the project we were keen to incorporate some ground-breaking features into the hire catalogue and rental account sections of the website - all designed around saving our customers time and money.
“The top priority was to be able to have our hire catalogue running live from our rental inventory - pushing new products, photography, statistics and other sales information without any extra data entry. This was the starting point of the project, we then utilised Current’s extremely sophisticated API to be able to incorporate product availability and custom pricing into the customer facing parts of the site.
“As well as this we were also very keen to be able to give our customers the opportunity to see their current rentals, PAT testing and diagnostic records as well as digital delivery notes. We also wanted

ald-koi17-rickfisherwieldshisswordforlifetimeachievementALD recognises its Knights of Illumination
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - As co-organiser of the Knights of Illumination (KOI) Awards with The Fifth Estate, The STLD, international lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his wife Jennie, the Association of Lighting Designers would like to recognise with great pride its own members amongst the 24 designers to be ‘knighted’ and bestowed with the emblematic sword trophy.
More ALD members than ever before took a well-earned place in the KOI 2017 short lists for theatre, television and concert & touring events.
This year’s event, held at London’s Eventim Apollo marked the KOI Awards’ tenth anniversary. The occasion was a bold reminder of both the stature of the awards and the powerful impact of the production visuals of lighting and video design it has highlighted to the eyes of the wider industry and media.
Among the successful ALD members in the Theatre section of the Awards, Richard Howell won The ADB Theatre Award for Plays for his design for Guards at the Taj at The Bush Theatre. Judge, Matt Trueman, claimed, “Richard conjured the majesty of looking at the Taj Mahal through light alone.”
In the same section, David Hersey – fellow and former chairman of the ALD – scooped The PRG XL Video Theatre Award for Musicals with his design for Fiddler on the Roof in Chichester, whilst The Robert Juliat Theatre Award for Opera went to Simon Corder for his ‘claustrophobic’ and ‘suffocating’ lighting of Opera Holland Park’s The Queen of Spades.
In the television category, Berne Davis received a sword for his work on t

trainingMartin Audio starts Webinar training programme
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - Martin Audio has announced a series of webinars that will kick-start a new monthly education programme for its bestselling product ranges and software platforms.
A major development in Martin Audio’s training initiative, these live sessions will initially be conducted by members of its product support group and in time start to introduce guest speakers featuring end users who will share their experiences, insights and expertise.
These sessions will be offered to audio professionals wishing to leverage Martin Audio’s technologies and optimise their advanced tools for problem solving in field applications. These webinars can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and all sessions are available free-of-charge.
Martin Audio’s director of marketing, James King, commented, “Our brand has started to become pervasive around the world and it follows that we need to accelerate our education offering to reach these new end users and to maximise learning for system integrators and rental companies of our products and software platforms.
“The sessions start with our new Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays – sales of which have outstripped all our expectations – and are followed up with sessions on Display software, CDD and O-Line as well as topics like noise pollution management.”
(Jim Evans)

d&b system takes VEGA into the future
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Denmark - A renouned live music venue in Denmark has received a major upgrade to its loudspeaker systems by d&b.
A popular stop-off for countless international touring acts, VEGA in Copenhagen incorporates three performance spaces: Store VEGA, with a capacity of 1,550; Lille VEGA, with space for 500; and Ideal Bar Live, with a capacity of 250.
Led by head of production Anders Mortensen in late 2016, the overhaul of the loudspeaker systems in Store VEGA and Lille VEGA intended to furnish both rooms with more responsive systems, capable of accommodating speech and a wide variety of live music genres.
Three leading PA systems were considered, but the decision was made to continue VEGA's long-running association with the d&b audiotechnik brand that had seen the venue make extensive use of its Q-Series system.
“We have been using d&b successfully for 10 years, and after a process of consideration we realised that the latest generation d&b systems – including the V8s and V-GSUBs – were exactly what we required to meet our requirements in the future,” explained Mortensen.
Denmark’s d&b distributor, Alfa Audio A/S, was enlisted to provide the new systems and install them. Work was carried out during October and November 2016 by a team featuring Alfa Audio managing director Lars Baun Frederiksen.
He explained: “One of the most notable aspects of the installation was the move from the two-way Q-Series cabinets to the three-way V8s. The result is increased headroom, with the improvement in the vocals b

Rosco acquires LED specialist DMG Lumière
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

USA - Rosco has acquired French LED specialist DMG Lumière.
Rosco will incorporate DMG Lumière’s technology and talent to further develop its LED lighting product range, while DMG Lumière will benefit from Rosco’s established international sales and marketing, distribution and customer service. It means that customers will now be able to easily access both companies’ products worldwide.
DMG Lumière was founded by the de Montgrand brothers; Mathieu, Nils and Jean, and their partner Nicolas Goerg. The partners include an LED lighting developer, a gaffer and a renowned cinematographer; together creating a team who are perfectly suited to develop customer-driven LED solutions for film production and broadcast lighting.
Since its start in Lyon, France in 2014, DMG Lumière has grown quickly and recent business highlights include its SL1 Switch LED panels being used to light Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Ken Loach’s BAFTA-winning I, Daniel Blake.
Mark Engel, Rosco CEO, said: “DMG Lumière is the perfect partner as we look to grow our business, and we’re delighted to welcome them into the Rosco family.
“With both companies focusing on delivering customer-driven solutions, we share similar values in terms of a dedication to innovation, a passion for encouraging our customers’ creativity and a commitment to support and develop our talented people. The chemistry between the two businesses was evident as soon as we met, and by combining our expertise, vision and technology, we

beijingNational Grand Theatre opts for Claypaky
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

China - The National Centre for the Performing Arts, one of China's most prestigious and architecturally striking performance complexes, has invested in a large number of Claypaky's latest award-winning LED HCR wash light, the Claypaky K-EYE K20, along with the another of the brand's award-winning fixtures, the Claypaky Scenius Profile, as part of a major upgrade to the lighting rigs in its theatre and opera halls.
Known locally as the National Grand Theatre, The National Centre for the Performing Arts is located in Beijing, covering an area of 30,000m2 close to Tiananmen Square. The ellipsoidal venue's domed exterior of titanium and glass (which has earned it the nickname 'The Giant Egg') houses four bespoke, world-class auditoriums - the Theatre, Opera House, Concert Hall and another multi-functional theatre space.
"The National Centre for the Performing Arts needed to update its lighting rig as the equipment that was in use was over ten years old," said Zhang Wei, manager of the Beijing lighting department of A.C.E, Claypaky's official distribution partner in China, which made the sale. "As the fixtures were mainly to be used in the venue's performance halls, the venue's technical team had very specific requirements."
With such a significant investment, it was essential that the fixtures could offer the technical team a superior colour output in this critical theatrical setting. The high CRI and CTO correction of the LED-based K-EYE K20 HCR meant the venue was able to use the low-power LED wash fixture in much the same way as they would a conve

robe-danshay-tour-2017-img1297Dan+Shay ‘Obsessed’ with Robe
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

USA - Country music duo Dan + Shay - vocalists and songwriters Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney – are engaged in an extensive touring cycle following the success of their second studio album, Obsessed, released in June 2016.
Lighting is designed, programmed and operated for them by Jeff Mathews of Borealis Stage Lighting in Nashville, Tennessee, and includes Robe Spiider, Spikie and Pointe moving lights. Jeff has been working with the artists for about 18 months and with shows in venues of all types, shapes and sizes, the core touring lighting rig is designed as a dynamic and flexible specials package that can be brought in ‘under’ various house rigs.
It was one of various creative options that Jeff pitched to Dan + Shay and chosen as the best concept to work for the combination of headline gigs and festival support slots that they will be playing until the end of 2017 and into 2018.
The entire lighting rig is deployed via four custom set carts designed by Jeff and fabricated by Accurate Staging in Nashville. They added features like gas pistons for lift-assists and a neat gearbox drive system that determines if the cart is going up or down and keeps carts from rising up inside the trailer.
The set carts are rigged with LED panels in a diamond orientation, with bars of LED video across them also in a diamond shape. Each has three diamond frames, complete with video diamonds and video bars that hang between the carts once onstage.
Across the top of the carts is a row of eight Robe Pointes, used for the upstage spot / beam specials

plasa-showPLASA Show celebrates successful return to West London
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - The 40th anniversary of the PLASA Show saw its refocussed direction paying dividends, with an increase in visitor numbers, a sold-out show floor and a 25% increase in the number of audio companies exhibiting. Exhibitors reported continually busy stands and a high quality of visitor across all three days, with a particular increase in the number of international attendees, whilst visitors were pleased with the number of brand new products on show and the content rich seminar programme.
“The quality of the people was bang on,” says Mick Hannaford from the show’s platinum sponsor, Robe. “The amazing thing from our point of view was the amount of lighting designers attending, especially on the Sunday, and not just from the UK, but mainland Europe, too. It was a really impressive. Undoubtedly, the move back to West London is making that happen. Every time I looked, there were lots of conversations going on around the show floor. I think every exhibitor should be happy. It was magic!”
Emphasising the increased appeal for the audio sector was the number of new products launched at the show, which included Harman’s Vi1000 digital mixing console on the stand of its UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd, Adamson’s IS-Series installation loudspeakers and KV2 Audio’s VHD 2.18J subwoofer. On the SSE Audio Group stand there was a line-up of new products on display including the recently launched DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing console and Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series microphones, Speechline Digital Wireless conference system and XS Wireless 1 and 2 voca

robe-temple-of-divine-providence-warsaw-tem181820306Robe at the Temple of Divine Providence
Monday, 25 September 2017

Poland - Robe Actor 6 and PARFect 100 LED fixtures are installed as part of the architectural lighting at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw, one of the most significant Roman Catholic buildings in the country.
The Temple is in the final throes of construction bringing to fruition an idea that was first inspired in 1791 - shortly after the adoption of Poland’s first constitution.
The building project got properly underway in the trendy developing Wilanów district in the south of the Polish capital in 2002 - designed by architects Wojciech and Lech Szymborski.
Its capacious interiors – based on an 84m square base with four entrances - and imposing 60m high reinforced concrete columns that form the nave, culminate in a rotunda gallery and a central glass dome at the top, all making high visual impact and defining the space.
The pale coloured render of the columns and other interior features is perfect for lighting, so the Temple’s management company, The Centre of Divine Providence, reached out to lighting specialists Prolight Sp. z o.o. to design and specify a scheme that would transform a somewhat cold and austere interior into a dynamic, warm and interesting space.
Lighting was seen as an ideal way to reflect the changes in the church calendar and shift the mood accordingly.
In addition to being an important place of worship and a national religious symbol, cutting edge acoustic treatment makes the 3000 capacity Temple suitable for concerts, choral and orchestral recitals and televised music events, so it is a trul

db-workshopd&b workflow workshops scheduled for October
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - Free to attend, the d&b Software and system fundamentals workshop covers all you need to know about the d&b workflow and system basics. Realising the best sound possible is unimaginable without the d&b software toolkit, a key component in the planning, optimization and control of any d&b system.
With a focus on the d&b software programmes, ArrayCalc for simulation, and R1 for remote control, the workshop is completely dedicated to the workflow methodology. Beginning with ArrayCalc, the session will guide you through the steps for simulating line array or point source systems, opening your project data in the intuitive R1user interface, and finally sending all relevant settings to the d&b amplifiers - with just a few clicks of the mouse.
The dates are: Tuesday 10 October – Dublin, Thursday 12 October – Belfast and Wednesday 25 October – Glasgow. Lunch will be provided and beer at the end of the day.
Spaces are limited. To register, visit the Education calendar on dbaudio.comhttp://www.dbaudio.com/en/nc/db/calendar.html
(Jim Evans)

dmxcatplasainnovationDMXcat wins PLASA Award for Innovation
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool received a 2017 PLASA Innovation Award at the PLASA Show in London.
The judges said DMXcat was "A compact multifunction DMX analyser that will be a useful addition to many technicians' toolboxes".
Earlier this year, DMXcat was also named the ABTT 2017 Lighting Product of the Year, and a Live Design Excellence Awards Product of the Year.
City Theatrical‘s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool makes it easy for anyone to control, analyze, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.
The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones. The DMXcat hardware dongle is a compact battery powered unit, which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt.
(Jim Evans)

column-array-speakers-portable-line-arrayK-array solution for historic Florentine hall
Monday, 25 September 2017

Italy - The famed Salone dei 500 of Palazzo Vecchio has long held great importance for the city of Florence. Measuring 54m long, 23m wide, and 18m high, it is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historic value in the old place and the largest room in Italy made for a civil power palace.
Originally built during the Renaissance to host meetings for representatives of the democratic government of the Florentine Republic, or the Great Council of 500, the Salone dei 500 has changed overtime to accommodate every owner of the palace, transforming from a hall commemorating important battles with artworks to be commissioned by the two greatest Florentine artists of the time, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to the boardroom of the Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, where he received ambassadors and gave audience to the people.
Richly decorated and wildly popular with tourists, the Salone dei 500 has remained incredibly relevant through modern times by hosting private large-scale events including the filming of director Ron Howards’ movie adaptation of the Dan Brown novel, Inferno, starring Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones.
With the sheer number of events held in the hall, organizers saw the need for a fixed audio system with the ability to adapt to the different occasions. The audio installation required optimal coverage of the Salon di 500, keeping the visual impact as low as possible. Given their discreetness and powerful throw as well as their Florentine connection, K-array audio solutions was the choice.
The biggest chall

arthur-openSystems Workshop to distribute Arthur
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - Switzerland-based Schertler Group has appointed Systems Workshop as UK distributor for its Arthur modular mixer. The Oswestry-based company will act as a showroom and distribution centre for the mixer, which has attracted a steadily growing list of international users during the 12 months since its release.
Arthur offers musicians and engineers a customizable mixing solution for live and studio applications. The mixer’s input and output modules can be assembled in virtually any combination or order, from a basic compact setup with a vocal or instrument preamp and L/R Master, to a DJ / keyboard mixer with stereo inputs for keys and playback devices, right through to a large multi-channel studio configuration with multiple mic and instrument inputs and aux sends. The mixer can be directly connected to a PA system and can be expanded over time as required, or as new modules become available.
“We are delighted to have Systems Workshop on board for Arthur,” says Drago Dujak, Schertler’s marketing & sales manager. “Arthur is a different product from anything else currently on the market. This is why customers need to experience first-hand how simple it is to configure and assemble the modules and how different configurations can be built for various studio and live applications. Phil Beaumont and his team will also be out and about with Arthur over the coming months, so it will be a great opportunity to see our modular mixer in action all over the UK.”
Phil Beaumont, managing director of Systems Workshop Distribution adds: “The Sche

kuzarProlight Concepts Group to distribute Kuzar Systems
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - Prolight Concepts Group has taken on exclusive UK distribution of Kuzar Systems, a Spanish company located in Valencia, dedicated to the design, manufacture and distribution of lifters and lifting accessories for the lighting and sound industry.
Designed for the professional user in the event and rental industry, Kuzar lifters are manufactured in Europe to both BGV C1 and CE (2006/42/CE) standards, and are also backed by a two-year warranty. The lifters feature ‘KAT’ locks that offer two positions, one for raising the lifter and the second for locking the lifter while static at height for increased safety.
Each lifter features high quality, AL-KO winches loaded with steel cable and are available in either telescopic vertical lift for truss and lighting fixtures or front-loading for lifting truss and compact line array systems. When not in use the lifters pack down so they can be stored in a compact space and the majority feature casters making transportation easy. The accessories available make the lifters suitable for an even wider range of applications.
(Jim Evans)

etc-eu-merchandise-store-2ETC launches online merchandise store
Monday, 25 September 2017

Germany – Following the overwhelming success of the company’s US-based online shop, ETC has opened a new online merchandise store to serve its followers outside of North America (shop.etcconnect.eu). Launched in response to popular demand, this European venture enables fans to purchase branded ETC items wherever they are in the world.
The new online shop is packed with high quality merchandise, branded with the distinctive ETC logo, including T-shirts, jackets, bags, polo shirts, hoodies and travel mugs. Those in the know will be thrilled to hear they can also get their hands on the much-coveted Source Four USB flash drives, says the company.
“ETC fans in North America can’t seem to get enough of ETC swag and we’ve started to see a similar trend in other regions,” says Rosi Marx, ETC’s European marketing manager. “Our dedicated followers across Europe have been urging us to make it possible for them to buy merchandise on this side of the pond, and now the time has come!
“At ETC, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers and are delighted to deliver the online shop they’ve been waiting for. We’re starting with a limited selection of items at launch, but we do have plans to expand the product offering in the future.” (Jim Evans)


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