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eventbritebanner-ecodesignPLASA gains seat on EU Commission for Eco-Design
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

UK - PLASA has been invited as one of six European Associations to attend the upcoming EU Commission meeting to address the proposed updates to the Eco-Design Working Plan 2016-2019 that would require all stage lighting to meet efficiency targets in line with domestic and office lighting. The proposed changes to the Eco-Design lighting regulations would have a commercially devastating effect on the industry should it become legislation in 2020.
“The impact this law would have on the whole entertainment industry is huge: venues, manufacturers, rental companies, and indeed lighting designers would be greatly affected,” says PLASA's MD, Peter Heath. “Video projection has been granted an exemption - this is what we and other trade bodies are now pushing for - the same exemption for stage lighting.”
Adam Bennette of ETC will represent the interest of PLASA members at a meeting in Brussels on 17th May. The meeting will address the EU’s proposed Eco-Design changes and give representatives of affected parties an opportunity to request exemption.
Adam Blaxhill, PLASA’s Chairman and the director of Stage Electrics, comments: “In drafting these new regulations, they have clearly not considered the impact they will have on the entertainment industry. Venues, rental companies, and sales operations all have significant sums invested in lighting inventory, which will be devalued by these proposed regulations - the financial impact on the entertainment industry is potentially huge.’’
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The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Rolling On - Liam Gallagher, Richard Ashcroft and Florence & The Machine are among the major support acts to be announced for The Rolling Stones’ UK tour this summer. The rock icons will head out on an eight-date stadium tour across May and June, playing venues such as the London Stadium, Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium, and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium.
It’s now been confirmed that they’re bringing along some heavyweight company for the ride, with former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher warming up for the Stones before their first date of the tour on 22 May at the London Stadium.
The Stones’ latest tour comes after a lack of available venues meant that the UK was left off their European tour in 2017 - leading to considerable demand for the latest shows. Despite having a collective age of 254 years, it seems that the elder statesmen of rock aren’t planning on retiring anytime soon, either. “I haven’t really thought about this set of gigs being our last tour, to be honest,” Jagger stated recently.
Lifetime Achievement - Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a lifetime achievement award for his work in theatre at this year’s Tony Awards in New York. Lloyd Webber said he was “completely overwhelmed as a Brit to be honoured by the Broadway community”, adding that musicals are “flying higher in their spiritual home New York than they have for two generations”.
Lloyd Webber has previously spoken about the success of US musicals compared with those in the UK, telling the BBC’s programme that the UK is falling

digicoSlash Enterprises expands with SD9 purchase
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

India - Slash Enterprises in Hyderabad has recently invested in a DiGiCo SD9 digital mixing console. It was purchased through India distributor HiTech Audio Systems Pvt.Ltd, New Delhi.
“We were looking for something compatible for our line of work and were introduced to DiGiCo SD9 by HiTech,” says Ronald Daniel, owner of Slash Enterprises. “I was awestruck by the features of the console and instantly loved everything about it.”
Slash Enterprises was found by Francis Daniel, who used to handle DJ events for weddings and corporate shows. The company has now expanded its sphere of work by adding mixing for live bands, as well as church events. Francis’s younger brother Ronald Daniel, an experienced sound engineer, then joined the team and gave the company a new vision. With his help and that of advanced technology and cutting-edge equipment, Slash Enterprises has joined the big names of Hyderabad’s audio rental industry and has added a variety of clients in the live music industry to its portfolio.
“I mix for both indoor venues and open air, live shows,” says Ronald. “The audience footfall varies and the needs of artists are increasingly demanding. For such a diverse array of shows, ease of use is a prime consideration in my console choice and the DiGiCo SD9 is a perfect fit for my scope of work.
“The console also offers 155 Dynamic EQ processors, all of which can be assigned to any of the input or output channels,” says Ronald. “Moreover, using snapshots feature, engineers can now switch between complete configurations i

kasikorn-business-technology-039Harman solution for Bangkok’s Kasikornbank
Monday, 23 April 2018

Thailand - Mahajak Development recently installed a complete networked audio system by Harman Professional Solutions at Kasikornbank’s new HQ in Bangkok.
Founded in 1945, Kasikornbank is one of the largest commercial banks in Thailand, recently relocated its HQ to a new 11-story office building in central Bangkok.
Kasikornbank commissioned AV integrator Mahajak Development to design and install a state-of-the-art networked audio system that would provide more than 100 meeting rooms with high-quality audio and intuitive control. In order to ensure professional audio during meetings and conferences at the new facility, Mahajak Development selected a comprehensive networked audio solution consisting of JBL speakers, Crown amplifiers, BSS audio processors and AMX control systems.
A bank spokesperson comments: “The new facility required a large-scale AV system that would be sophisticated and user-friendly, with a modern and clean design that matches the aesthetics of our new space. The Harman system installed by Mahajak is powerful enough to cater to our large number of meeting spaces, and simple enough for our staff to operate confidently.”
The audio system installed by Mahajak Development includes JBL Control Series speakers, which provide intelligibility and optimum audio coverage in Kasikornbank’s conference rooms. The system is powered by Crown CDi Series and ComTech DriveCore amplifiers.
For mixing of sources and zones, Mahajak Development installed eight-channel Crown 28M pre-amplifier/mixers and JBL CSMA1120 four-channel mi

digico-saSound Stylists invests in SA’s first DiGiCo SD7
Monday, 23 April 2018

South Africa - Rental dry hire and technical production company Sound Stylists has purchased DiGiCo’s new digital mixing desk, SD7.
The investment, which is the first of its kind in the country, complements the company’s existing DiGiCo inventory comprising two D5s, two SD8s, an SD10, and two S21s plus associated racks and accessories. SD7 training will be offered in the near future, says the company.
Kevin Glover, owner of Sound Stylists, comments: “The South African market is maturing and getting bigger. There were several international artists that we serviced with our SD10 last year, however, a number of them were looking for SD7s so essentially, we are answering that call. In addition, we also needed extra SD Racks and having the 32-Bit Mic Preamp cards also increases their desirability.”
Kyle Robson of DWR Distribution, DiGiCo distributor in Africa, adds: “To meet the requirements of international acts, we were hiring in an SD7, often from Dubai. The SD7 is still one of the most popular consoles on the market, mainly because of its dual engines. It’s like having two consoles in one, which offers the redundancy that engineers like; they have the assurance that should one, for some reason, fail, the other will kick in, which gives real peace of mind. Other benefits include having high channel counts, more faders, more screens and a bucket load of outputs.”
(Jim Evans)

adamson-psiPSI joins Adamson network
Monday, 23 April 2018

Ireland - Technical production company PSI is the latest company to join the Adamson network as a certified re-seller and rental partner appointed by Adamson’s UK distributor The Warehouse.
With offices in Belfast and Dublin, PSI specialises in all aspects of event lighting, rigging and training and has recently added an audio department headed up by Adam Lee Collins, along with audio projects manager John Hesketh.
Collins comments: “We looked at all of the leading brands of loudspeakers but felt that Adamson was the perfect fit for our new department. We see the brand growing steadily in the international market and want to be ahead of the curve, we’re initially adding a substantial inventory of Adamson S10 systems to support this. Relationships with like-minded people and companies are key to PSI values, and together with support from The Warehouse and Adamson I see a great future ahead.”
Derek Blair from The Warehouse adds: “PSI is the perfect fit for Adamson and ourselves - they totally understand the importance of having premier brands to hire and sell into their expanding customer base. They provide a very high-quality customer experience from start to finish with some of the best staff and equipment in the industry.
“As well as being one of Adamson’s UK re-sellers and rental partners they will also be handling sales for us in the Republic of Ireland. We very much look forward to working with them and supporting their future success with Adamson.”
For more than 18 years, PSI has provided production solutions for liv

mark-rylancecreditsteve-pykeMark Rylance to speak at ITEAC 2018
Friday, 20 April 2018

UK - The Editorial Board of the fast-approaching International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) have announced actor Mark Rylance as their latest keynote speaker.
The Board say in a statement: “The Editorial Board for ITEAC 2018 are very pleased to have been able to accommodate Mark within his professional commitments. It was felt to be of the highest priority to ensure that the voice of an actor of such experience and considered opinion should be heard at an event that seeks to be seminal for both the leading and the emerging talents working in the design and specification of places of entertainment.”
Named in Time Magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential People list, Mark’s work includes a 10-year tenure as the first artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (1996-2006), which included the construction of the Theatre and International Shakespeare Globe Centre. He founded the organisation’s Architectural Review Group, which is at present reviewing the architectural decisions of 1996-97 in the light of 20 years’ experience of playing at the Globe.
Rylance’s returning to the Globe Theatre in July to play Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello.
(Jim Evans)

green-hippo-courseDWR to host Green Hippo certification training
Friday, 20 April 2018

South Africa - A three-day Green Hippo Operator Certification course will be held on 14-16 May at DWR Distribution's Johannesburg address, Block C, Unit 1, Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The course will be presented by Suzy Stenning from Green Hippo and will cover a range of topics, from Hardware Introduction and Configuration, Media Manager, Output Manager & Viewports, Mixes / MixMaster, VideoMapper / Pixel Mapper / ScreenWarp, Timeline / DMX2 / Multicontroller, Visualizer & Custom Layouts, Shape Introduction / Configuaration/ Alignment.
The cost is R2600 and includes lunch and refreshments. Attendees should bring their own Green Hippo Media Server or Laptop with Play Software Installed.
For bookings online please visit
(Jim Evans)

digico-trainingDiGiCo training presented at DWR Distribution
Thursday, 19 April 2018

South Africa - DiGiCo Training will be presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in May.
The two-day training session will cover everything from racks and solutions, the SD Series overview, connections and networking, recording and waves, both basic and advanced operation and then a Q&A Session.
The dates are Durban on 10 and 11 May, Cape Town on 17 and 18 May and in Johannesburg on 24 and 25 May. The training will be hosted at the DWR offices. The cost is R1700 and includes lunch and refreshments.
(Jim Evans)

rgb-ceg-current-rmsCEG & Current RMS deliver innovation
Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK - Cloud based rental management software providers Current RMS and Cambridge-based lighting and production rental house CEG are reflecting on a four-year history this week. In this time, the CEG team has certainly put Current’s software through its paces, all in pursuit of their mission to make the process of renting gear as painless as possible for the customer.
CEG has been renting their professional lighting and production kit to customers and clients across the UK and Europe since 2008. Like most rental providers with an impressive repertoire of the latest industry tech, when you’ve got a lot of kit to manage and jobs on the go, you need robust software that’s up to the challenge. With a drive to improve the efficiency of their workflow, the team started looking for new ways to manage their rental processes in 2014, joining the Current RMS Early Adopter Programme.
“We were becoming frustrated with the PC based solutions available to us. But once we'd started using Current within our business for an hour or so, it was a no-brainer to stick with it," said Ben Bowles, director at CEG.
The CEG team began using Current to its fullest capabilities from the get-go, appealing to their flexible way of working in the fast-paced AV and lighting industry. Often key details of products and orders need to be viewed there and then on a job, even when the team is away from the office. Here, Current’s cloud-based functionality has really helped them out.
“The cloud gives us complete control of our hire stock, regardless of location or wo

magicMagic on the menu at Stage Electrics
Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK - Stage Electrics has announced the addition of the complete range of MagicFX special effects to complement its existing stock of pyrotechnics effects, smoke and haze effects machines.
“We already have a range of effects and effect machines in our product range and we wanted to expand on these with effects such as confetti streamers, bubble blasters and stage flames, which are so popular at events and festivals,” says James Cookson, product sales account manager at Stage Electrics. “Our policy is to only stock equipment from leading manufacturers such as Le Maitre, whose quality and safety standards we have absolute confidence in. MagicFX fits those criteria perfectly.”
Stage Electrics recently made a very large sale of MagicFX product to laser show and laser system design specialist ER Productions, who purchased a range of Magic FX Confetti systems and stage CO2 effects.
“We decided to invest in an SFX range after growing demand from our clients in the USA, where SFX and lasers are often supplied by the same company. Build quality and safety are central to our ethos and naturally, we require the same attention to detail from our suppliers,” says Ryan Hagan, co-founder of ER Productions. “James Cookson and the team at Stage Electrics understand this and have helped us to grow our SFX offering and deliver the highest quality solutions to our international clients.”
Having débuted on OneRepublic’s Honda Civic Tour of North America in 2017, the new kit brought some festive drama to Its Christmas with Sky Arts at Th

btslogoTMB reaches $100,000 milestone as BTS partner
Thursday, 19 April 2018

USA - Charity Behind the Scenes reports that TMB recently reached a significant milestone as one of its Pledge-a-Product Partners. TMB has now donated over $100,000 to the charity from sales of its ProXS professional lighting fixture accessories. The ProXS line includes pattern holders, donuts, top hats, half hats, irises, barndoors, colour extenders, beam benders, spill rings, colour frames, and more. For more information visit
Colin Waters, CEO of TMB, explains why his company supports the charity, “Behind the Scenes is such a great programme. We are glad to do our part, helping this valuable work.”
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, acknowledged the moment saying, “When Colin proposed becoming a Pledge-a-Product Partner we never dreamt that a line of fixture accessories could do so much to help industry professionals in need. TMB’s generosity has gone a long way in enabling us to assist those who are seriously ill or injured. TMB, its employees and its customers should all be proud of their role in caring for their colleagues. They have made an invaluable contribution.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit For more information about our Pledge-a-Product

osa-wpc-purchase-2OSA buys record amount of Martin Audio equipment
Thursday, 19 April 2018

USA - OSA International has purchased 248 Wavefront Precision Compact and Mini line array cabinets, making it the world’s largest rental company of Martin Audio.
The purchase was complemented by iKON amplifiers, iK42 and iK81, as well as the new SXH218 high performance double 18” subwoofers, the first purchase by a rental house globally.
Mario Educate, OSA president, comments, “We’ve used these speaker cabinets on several shows already this quarter, and the sound quality out of the Wavefront Precision arrays is unbelievable. They bring out the subtleties of the score better than any other line array we’ve used, so the audience can really immerse themselves in the meeting experience through the audio.”
Dom Harter, managing director of Martin Audio, adds: “The trust and investment made by Mario with the support from Jim Risgin and the entire OSA team means a lot to Martin Audio. Our team is focused on using the Wavefront Precision systems to bring true, patented optimisation technology to the wider market. To hear these systems are immediately delivering jaw dropping shows is all the ratification we need.”
Chicago, Nashville and Las Vegas-based OSA already has a significant inventory of Martin Audio’s MLA Series. Educate adds: “Our engineers are already proud of the work they’ve done with Martin Audio’s MLA series - the multi-cellular array technology has been a game changer in our industry and allowed us to deliver the most precise sound coverage time and time again. The Wavefront Precision series will allow our engineer

saharaavlogoSahara AV to represent Atlona in the UK
Thursday, 19 April 2018

UK - To strengthen its marketing and distribution efforts across the UK, Atlona has appointed Sahara AV as its manufacturer’s representative for the territory. Headquartered in London, Sahara AV will work closely with systems integrators, consultants and end users to demonstrate, deliver and support Atlona’s complete line of signal management and control systems, with a goal of moving more commercial facilities to AV over IP solutions.
To achieve its goal of accelerating transitions to the network, Sahara AV will leverage Atlona’s strengths in AV over IP and networked control, including its Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP distribution platform, second-generation Atlona Management Systems (AMS), and Velocity IP-based AV control solution.
Shaun Marklew, Sahara AV sales and marketing director, comments: “By working with Atlona, we are now in a stronger position to extend our reach into the many vertical markets we serve and move our customers to networked systems and workflows that will bring new opportunities and efficiencies to their operations.”
This spring, Sahara AV representatives will offer frequent training courses on the end-to-end Atlona product line at its Edinburgh, Leeds and London Innovation Centres, and present Atlona solutions at road shows along complementary gear.
Sahara AV is part of the Sahara Presentations System Group, which for more than 40 years, has been distributing cutting-edge AV solutions and software through Sahara AV, primarily to the corporate, healthcare, retail, compulsory education and higher/further

eclipseEclipse Staging Services adds Hippotizer Boreal+
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

UAE - Eclipse Staging Services, a member of the Dubai-based Eclipse Group, has added a Hippotizer Boreal+ Media Server to its inventory.
As an owner of a Hippotizer Taiga, Eclipse was already more than familiar with Green Hippo hardware and software - and its wholly positive experience with this machine, including the excellent technical support provided by Green Hippo, meant that the company was keen to continue the collaboration. The addition of the Boreal+ enables Eclipse to provide multi-display outputs for audio-visual projects, and the company also becomes the first in its region to use this powerful server of the brand new Hippotizer+ Media Server range, bringing more accuracy, flexibility, and pace over traditional units.
“The Hippotizer Boreal+ allows us to provide multi-display outputs for our upcoming projects,” comments Alex Menor, Eclipse’s head of video. “As a key player in the audio-visual market, we are the first in the region to use this powerful media server that is more accurate, flexible and quicker than traditional units. We have experienced its huge capability to carry out complex projection set-ups with exceptional image quality without fail.”
Alex also commended the Green Hippo team on the reliability and capabilities of their products as well as the excellent technical support it provides, as witnessed by Eclipse for the past several years. “It was no surprise that when we tried Boreal, we found it very quick and easy-to-use in any environment,” he continues. “Designed to meet the demands of touring and prod

nexoNexo’s educational arm innovates in Japan and US
Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Japan/USA - Nexo’s Engineering Support (ES) Division has just pioneered its first ETC2i training seminar dedicated to the preparation, design and implementation of fixed installations.
Nexo’s ETC training programme was launched in 2013 and hosts free seminars globally to educate, train and certificate audio engineers of all levels. The sessions are organised in three levels – ETC1 (introductory), ETC2 and ETC3.
Two recent ETC seminars, held in Japan and the USA, demonstrated the diversity of audience, as well as the expanding syllabus of the ES Division’s training experts.
Hand in hand with the Yamaha Music Japan team in Tokyo, an inaugural ETC2i specialist course was presented in the Yamaha building on Ginza, which has 16 floors dedicated to musical instruments, education, auditorium and rehearsal studios.
Led by Nexo’s ES Division director François Deffarges, the seminar used the chronological timeline of an installation to guide its audience of professional engineers. The course began with the tendering process, using real-world examples, before taking the class through acoustic, mechanical and network/management design. A dedicated session of NS-1, Nexo’s proprietary modelling and prediction software suite, prepared students to design systems for live performance venues.
The ETC2i course syllabus covered sound system integration and installation, as well as a number of system and acoustic measurements, RT60, STI, Max SPL, and transfer functions. To complete the process, Deffarges and his team took the class through syst

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

European Theatre - Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) will acquire five new venues in Germany as it confirms a takeover of theatre operator Mehr! Entertainment. The deal, agreed for an undisclosed amount, brings the company’s global portfolio of venues to 51 and ATG’s first major international purchase since the 2016 management change and the stepping down of co-founders and joint chief executives Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire.
ATG’s purchase of Mehr! Entertainment means it will operate the Starlight Express Theatre in Bochum, the purpose-built venue which has been home to the long-running musical since 1988. It will also take over the Mehr! Theatre in Hamburg, the Admiralspalast in Berlin, the Capitol Theatre in Dusseldorf and the Musical Dome in Cologne. ATG chief executive Mark Cornell said: “These major venues across Germany are each unique and captivating in their individual style and offer exciting opportunities to expand our services and reach new audiences.”
The News Bulletin - Singer Huey Lewis has cancelled his band's future shows after losing most of his hearing. The 67-year-old US star said he felt "horrible" and apologised to fans as he revealed that doctors believe he has an inner ear condition called Meniere's disease. His group, Huey Lewis And The News, have axed all of their performances planned for 2018, but the frontman insisted he hopes to perform again "one day soon".
Lewis tweeted: "Two and a half months ago, just before a show in Dallas, I lost most of my hearing. Although I can still hear a little, one on on

iain-roche-and-dave-isherwood-white-lightWhite Light boosts safety with Data Strategy
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Germany/UK - Data Strategy’s Iain Roche and White Light’s technical director Dave Isherwood shook hands at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt on a deal for a total of four to six QC-Check workstations, incorporating PAT4 and CAB5 PAT and Cable Test Processors from joint-venture partners Out Board. QC-Check’s test database and logging software will be fully integrated into WL’s InspHire asset management system, which will provide real-time tracked test results for the company’s entire hire inventory.
The first single-bay QC-Check workstation - custom-built by SES Entertainment Services - will arrive within weeks. The most complex of the order, the distro department’s QC-Check workstation, is designed for optimal workflow in the quick and efficient checking of multiple power distribution outlets. Heavier-duty distro connectors are positioned conveniently at the front, whilst the smaller 32A outlets are configured into a Bridge unit which can be located on a work bench for ease of access.
WL’s Health & Safety and workforce development director, Chris Nicholls, explains: “The integration side of QC-Check won us over. We know other companies using QC-Check and Out Board systems who are very happy with the product: it’s built well, made to last and delivers the goods. The fact that it integrates with our existing asset management system is what we really wanted.”
He continues: “The bottom line is it significantly cuts a lot of worry about health and safety. The ability to have test results assigned to a contract and to a piece of equip

robe-tylosand-sound-tyl121418363Tylösand Sound invests in MegaPointes
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sweden - Rental and production company Tylösand Sound has recently invested in Robe’s new MegaPointe.
The company, based in Halmstad and run by Paul Aladin, specialises in the supply of lighting, audio and video design services and equipment for shows, installations and corporate events. They deliver production for a lot of events at the nearby Tylösand Hotel, owned by pop superstar Per Gessle of Roxette which is located on the beach, with a large, busy and vibrant conference and event facility.
The company has also built up a reputation for working with a collection of inventive digital artists on their installations and shows, bringing a different and more inventive edge to the array of standard lighting projects.
Paul started Tylösand Sound in 1996, and before then, like many in the Swedish entertainment technology industry, he worked hard as a DJ, and through this built up a relationship with Robe’s Swedish distributor Bellalite, which has remained strong and solid. Where possible, he will use Bellalite to source his new lighting technology as and when it comes on-stream.
“I think Robe has always developed smaller and more interesting products,” he commented when asked about how his history with the brand developed.
His first Robe products were purchased back when the brand first launched in the early noughties with the XT and then quickly followed by the AT series. The investment in the Czech moving light brand has continued until this day, with MegaPointes being the latest, purchase and LEDBeam 150s in the immediate pip

s6l-2018HD Pro Audio to host Avid S6L workshop
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

UK - HD Pro Audio is to host the Avid Expanded S6L Range on Monday, 21 May at the Hospital Club in London’s Covent Garden.
The workshop will run from 11:00 to 16:00 and will provide one of the UK’s first opportunities to see and experience Avid's expanded range of VENUE | S6L live audio mixing consoles. The company’s Live Sound team, including FOH Robb Allan will be on hand to take attendees through the range.
HD Pro Audio’s sales director Andy Huffer comments: “With the new 48 fader S6L-48D, the ‘Profile replacement’ S6L-24C and the compact S6L-16C all available for some hands-on experience, alongside the new E6L-112 engine, this will be an extremely popular event. Entry is free, but numbers are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should email or book online [] as soon as possible.”
Now a Unified Sound Platform, the Avid VENUE | S6L live sound family offers a wide variety of surfaces, engines and I/O to suit an extensive range of applications and engineers.
(Jim Evans)

savestagelightingreplaceALD releases guide to proposed EU lighting regulations
Tuesday, 17 April 2018

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) has released a guide to the proposed EU 2020 lighting regulations as part of its Save Stage Lighting campaign that aims to secure an exemption for stage lighting from the proposals.
The Proposed 2020 EU Lighting Regulations - A Primer collects relevant information about the existing regulations (EU1194/2012), the regulations proposed for September 2020 as part of the EU’s Ecodesign Working Plan 2016-2019, and the key differences between them.
The guide highlights how the proposed regulations will not only affect tungsten lighting, but all specialist lighting fixtures used for show lighting, including arc and LED. The document also exposes that manufacturers would struggle to create many types of fixtures that meet the new standards in time, due to physics and optical design limitations.
“The deeper you read into these proposed regulations, the more alarming the threat becomes,” comments multiple award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable, a member of the ALD’s Save Stage Lighting campaign.
“The new rules are clearly written for domestic and industrial lighting, and while the goal of reduced energy consumption is of course laudable, they show no understanding of the tools we use or the way we work. If implemented as written, the effect will be devastating for show lighting not just in the UK but across Europe, not just for new sho

Call for papers for Reproduced Sound 2018
Monday, 16 April 2018

UK - All aspects of electroacoustics will be explored at Reproduced Sound 2018, which takes place 27-29 November at the Bristol Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol.
Offers of papers on any electroacoustics topic will be considered for the programme. Authors are encouraged to include practical elements in their presentations and could be allocated extra time if required.
Potential topics include: Live Sound, Acoustics in Rooms, Audio System Design, Loudspeakers and Microphones, Intelligibility, Measurement & Evaluation, Cinema Sound. Case Studies are also welcome.
Organisers urge those interested to send a 150-word abstract for papers plus a short biography of up to 150 words to by Friday, 11 May.
Final written papers for the proceedings must be submitted by Friday, 28 September.
(Jim Evans)

sporsLatest audio research highlighted at AES Milan
Monday, 16 April 2018

Italy - As the cornerstone of the Audio Engineering Society’s (AES) mission to promote the science and practice of audio, each AES convention features a wide array of presentations on research topics presented by leading engineers, scientists and students in the field of audio engineering, and the AES Milan convention, coming up 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre in Milan, Italy, is no exception.
Brought together by AES Milan papers co-chairs Ville Pulkki and Sascha Spors, the Convention’s Technical Programme will feature research papers, engineering briefs and poster sessions by over 100 authors.
Day one of AES Milan kicks off with a series of presentations on loudspeakers, followed by a poster presentation session on transducers. Audio quality, a hot-topic at this year’s convention, will then be delved into in two full sessions of paper presentations, followed by Loudspeakers – Part 2. The day’s papers sessions will close out with a poster session on the topic of applications.
Thursday’s sessions begin with a look at spatial audio and will run throughout the day on topics including Audio Education; Audio Coding, Analysis and Synthesis; Perception; and Measurements. Poster Sessions will also be held on the topics of Perception, Measurement and Modeling.
On day three, presentations will take a further look at the topics of Spatial Audio and Perception, as well as a session on Audio Processing and Effects. Poster Sessions will include the topics of analysis, synthesis, audio processing, audio ed

cirque-robe-prolightsound-2018-pro101104267Cirque Robe wows the Frankfurt crowds
Monday, 16 April 2018

Germany - Robe has reported “a busy and successful” Prolight+Sound 2018. The Czech manufacturer’s live show concept taken to new levels with Cirque Robe, a six-minute performance spectacle and circus style presentation with a cast of 11 designed to highlight the company’s latest lighting technologies.
Another highlight was Robe’s new MegaPointe multi-purpose moving light winning a 2018 PIPA (Prolight + Sound International Press Award) for Best Light, a decision reached by a jury of international trade journalists who meet annually in Frankfurt.
The MegaPointe was one of the primary fixtures featured in the stand show, where Robe continued to raise the bar in presenting live exhibition entertainment, with an ever-rising element of expectation accompanying each one.
CEO Josef Valchar comments: “Our goal was to showcase the products in an entertaining, fun and highly visual environment, and in Cirque Robe we have realised a very ambitious show that has created a real buzz! This has helped attract people to the stand constantly throughout the four days of the expo, and we are delighted with the results and feedback.”
The show was staged every hour on the hour and pulled record crowds to the Robe stand in Hall 3.0 of Frankfurt’s Music Messe, where they could also engage with Robe’s multi-lingual team and receive individual product demos in two dark studio areas, as well as enjoy the traditional Czech hospitality and some prime networking opportunities.
The Cirque Robe concept was originated by Robe’s


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