UK - Star Events’ VerTech Ultra stages won an award for Best Small Project at the annual Structural Awards.
The stages, used for Adele’s record-breaking 25 tour in-the-round, are the first ever event industry designs to be awarded a gong at the respected awards organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers.
The stages were developed, built, tested and shipped to Australia in just four months and suspended 90 tons of production equipment at 25m above the ground.
The judges praised VerTech Ultra’s bespoke features highlighting how the design response focused on minimising working at height, creating unobstructed views by negating traditional bracing, and facilitating containerised transportation and rapid erection.
A spokesperson for the judges said: “The Adele 25 Stage engineering took account of the vast constraints and design drivers to produce a safe, efficient, elegant and reusable structure. The adaptability in its design allows it to be used in different countries, taking account of change in environments, multiple design code requirements and variable foundation and support conditions. It is also designed to be easily transportable and reusable, and easy and fast to construct, which allows for repeat use and therefore minimises costs.”
Roger Barrett, Star Events’ special projects director, comments: “It is a brilliant achievement for the whole Star team in conjunction with our structural engineers, OPS Structures, to have our temporary structure engineering recognised, on a truly global level, by a tea
UK - Edinburgh-based Live Systems is the latest UK company to become an Adamson certified reseller.
Established in 2000, Live Systems has grown to become a significant force in the events and integration markets in Scotland and the North of England providing sound, lighting, staging and video and offering their services to a varied client base including the live music, theatre and corporate markets.
The company invested in an Adamson S10 line array earlier this year. It has been used on a diverse range of events including the Meadows Festival and the Edinburgh Mela where it has impressed customers and sound professionals alike.
Steve Robb, managing director of Live Systems comments: “We have always looked to promote products that offer something different - either in terms of technology, features or quality. The Adamson brand really does tick all of these boxes and fits perfectly into our portfolio - both for our rentals and for our sales and installation business. Our customers have praised the product highly and are clearly seeing the benefits of Adamson over other brands. We are therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to join the sales network for this respected brand and look forward to promoting and developing the product.”
Derek Blair, director of The Warehouse, UK distributor for Adamson, said, “I’ve known Steve Robb and Live Systems for a number of years and have always been struck by the company’s ethos of setting themselves apart from the competition by bringing something different to the rental and installation m
Sweden - Microphone manufacturer Milab has acquired Pearl Microphones in a deal that sees the two companies joining operations again after 40 years as separate businesses.
The merger will synergise Milab and Pearl's production and R&D services and the brands will continue to exist individually for marketing reasons.
The two microphone manufacturers share a common heritage that goes back to 1941 when PML was founded by Rune Rosander in Stockholm, Sweden. In the late 1970s, PML was divided into separate business units that became Pearl and Milab and eventually led to a permanent separation.
Thomas Nöjdh, who will continue to serve as Milab’s CEO, says: “The opportunity to bring these two companies back together after 40 years is a matter of great pride to us all. With the acquisition of Pearl, Milab will strengthen its position as one of the world’s finest manufacturers of high-end microphones, and I look forward to growing the business further.”
Bernt Malmqvist, previous co-owner and current CEO of Pearl, adds: “With this agreement, we are confident that the wonderful and exciting Pearl technology is in good hands and will live on for another 76 years.”
Malmqvist, who will be retiring from the microphone business, and Sven Olof Andersson, chairman of Pearl, will support the integration of the two companies over the coming months.
South Africa - The country’s first strictly dry hire company, Guquko Technical Rider, has been established by a young entrepreneur, Phumzile Sibanyoni. Guquko is the Zulu word meaning ‘to turn around’ or ‘to reform’, a pertinent name for a company that hopes to bring a fresh wind of change to the industry.
Making an investment of 12 Robe Spiiders, 24 Longman 4 Ups and Prolyte stage decks purchased from DWR Distribution, the objective of the company is to rent out high ticket line items that are specified by lighting designers on a daily basis.
“Because we were just starting out, we looked at gear that would be beneficial to the growth of Guquko,” said Phumzile. ”The company has started trading and with the Robe Spiiders currently high in demand on shows, their units are out already creating revenue.”
Duncan Riley of DWR says, “Phumzile was wise enough to see the gap in the market for a professional dry rental company who don’t do shows and who only rent out gear. It’s a trend in Europe.”
Phumzile started working in the events industry in 2014. She offered a service which covered a broad spectrum including staging, technical equipment, décor and catering. She realised that by focusing solely on equipment hire, she would create a niche in the market, and be able to assist rental companies with the supply of well-kept gear and excellent service.
Her career has included working at Eskom for 10 years as a senior plant operator. “I have always worked in a male-dominated industry,” said Phumzile. “I’ve always
UAE - Audio-Technica has announced the opening of a new sales support office in Dubai, aimed at increasing the level of service to its distributors, integrators, consultants and corporate end users in the professional audio field across the Middle East region.
The office is located at Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA), well placed for business throughout the Middle East and well-served by world class infrastructure.
Technical product manager Ahmad Abuzannad (who began his Audio-Technica career in the company’s EMEA applications and support team) will head the office staff. Central to his activity will be increased levels of product training and demos – of particular importance to customers evaluating solutions in the conferencing market – in the Middle East and in conjunction with Audio-Technica distributors across the region.
Abuzannad will also support customers with the complex wireless frequency planning required for large scale projects. In addition, the new facility allows for extended sales support in conjunction with John Dodson, Audio-Technica’s long-standing local representative based in Dubai.
Matthias Exner, Audio-Technica director of sales and marketing EMEA Professional Audio said, “We’re delighted to be extending our presence in the Middle East with the new office. The territory is a key market for Audio-Technica and it’s of vital importance that we’re able to deliver excellent customer service locally. Initially the scope will focus on support for our professional product ranges – from live sound to in
Swift Sales - After just four days, Taylor Swift sold more albums in the US than any other artist this year. The star's sixth album, Reputation, sold 1.04m copies in the US over its first four days on release, says Billboard magazine.
That puts her ahead of 2017's previous biggest-seller, Ed Sheeran's ÷, which has shifted 919,000 copies to date. Reputation also becomes Swift's fourth album to sell a million copies in the space of a week, following 1989, Red and Speak Now. In fact, only she and Adele have sold a million copies of any album in a seven-day frame since 2012.
Extended Role - Edinburgh International Festival has extended director Fergus Linehan's contract for an extra three years, meaning that he will run the festival until at least August 2022. Linehan joined EIF in 2013, directing his first festival in 2015. The EIF said that so far during his tenure it has had record sales and extended to new audiences.
One of Linehan's first moves was to bring the dates of the EIF forward a week to run at the same time as the Edinburgh Fringe. Other innovations include a free public event to open the festival season in Edinburgh and developing its theatre programme, notably in its revival of existing Scottish work. In a statement, Linehan said: "The commitment and creativity of the festival team has made the past three years the most professionally exhilarating period of my career."
Royal Visit - The Tony award-winning Broadway production of The King and I will transfer to th
UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD)’s latest event took place at the Arts Theatre, courtesy of Chauvet and White Light, suppliers of the event’s lighting. ALD Members were invited to see cult rock musical The Toxic Avenger and to hear from the show's lighting designer, Nic Farman, and programmer / production electrician, Clancy Flynn.
Over the summer, events have included an evening with Ambersphere at London’s National Theatre, alongside insight tours to the West End’s latest rock musical, Bat Out of Hell Olivier Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar at London’s Regent’s Park Open Air theatre, and to 42nd Street at the Drury Lane theatre.
Matt Cowles, Ambersphere’s technical sales manager, stresses the importance of meeting ALD members in this environment. “For us at Ambersphere, the chance to chat with technicians and lighting designers is invaluable in getting our products seen and fully understood.”
Chauvet’s Tom Wilkes, UK South territory manager, stresses, “It helps ALD members to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of new kit. During the event we can have open conversation with like-minded industry professionals as to how to use the kit to its full advantage and hear each other’s own success stories.”
The ALD organises and promotes insight events as a means of propagating excellence and shared information within the profession. “The events are an investment into the future of lighting design,” maintains ALD meetings sub-committee member, Alex Allan. “The ALD m
Hungary - A range of Mojo Barriers aluminium crowd safety barriers are now based in Budapest with the announcement of a new Mojo distributor giving convenient, cost effective barrier rental for festival organisers and tours coming to Eastern Europe.
A stock of Mojo Barriers will be permanently located in Budapest for rental and it has already been hired out to create the front of stage barrier for the Gorillaz concert, in Budapest, Papp Laszlo Arena.
Mojo’s project and touring manager Stanley Jilesen states: “With the expanding live events market in Hungary and Eastern Europe, Mojo Barriers is proud to support organisers with local resource to help keep their events safe. Having worked with Sziget Festival for several years we are delighted to work with the innovators in this region pushing for higher standards.”
The new Hungarian distributorship is the company’s twelfth, along with the international offices in Netherlands, UK, USA and Australia.
Dániel Benis, Sziget production director, comments: “We wanted to deliver our events to the highest of international production standards, particularly when it came to the safety of our audience, artists and crew. Our experience with Mojo Barriers has been very positive so we are delighted to be able to offer their products to other events in the region.”
South Africa - Robe Lighting showcased its MegaPointe moving head in South Africa in November.
The launch was attended by the company’s international sales director Harry von den Stemmen and product manager Ondrej Hegar, who presented the product in Johannesburg and Cape Town, while DWR Distribution also hosted a launch event in Durban.
Von den Stemmen says: “Industry professionals are raving about the feature packed, ultra-compact yet extremely powerful light and the quality of the product. I see the same evolution coming for the South African market, and there have been enthusiastic reactions and comments to its recent launch, like everywhere else.”
Hegar agrees: “The fixtures have been really well received across the globe and we have had positive feedback on the unit. Already specified on a huge amount of shows and tours in the upcoming year, the MegaPointe will definitely be an industry standard.”
Christopher Bolton from Keystone Productions has worked in the lighting industry in South Africa for the past 23 years and attended the DWR Durban launch. “Most of the time when a new fixture comes out it looks cool with the promise of new features,” says Chris. “Often, though, the fixture is unable to execute these features perfectly. Enter the Robe MegaPointe. Wow! Superb! How you fitted all that in such a small 22kg fixtures baffles my mind. Congratulations. Thank you to Nicholas Barnes and Michael Taylor-Broderick from DWR for hosting us.”
Ireland - Galway-based stage lighting equipment supplier Cue One Ireland has invested in the Chroma-Q Color Force II luminaire for servicing its theatrical and corporate events clients.
Cue One Ireland wanted to replace its existing battens and dimmable fluorescents stock with an all-in-one fixture and after looking at various colour-mixing battens on the market, Cue One Ireland's managing director Kieran Cooney placed an order for eight Color Force II 48 battens.
"We chose the Color Force II for the quality of light and colours produced, particularly its ability to achieve difficult pastels,” he reports. “The end results stood out against a number of other cycs and battens that we looked at."
Since investing in the fixtures, Cue One Ireland has supplied them for a number of high-profile theatrical and corporate events.
Kieran adds: "The Color Force II fixtures have reduced the stress and anxiety in achieving the lighting results our clients desire. The feedback from them has been fantastic. Many designers are complementing the wide range of colours that can be achieved with the fixture, as most other battens on the market are very "rock 'n' roll" with their colour palette. The fixtures have even had to be be dimmed in some cases, as sometimes they are too bright.”
The Color Force II fixtures were supplied to Cue One Ireland by Chroma-Q dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Kieran continues: "The service I have received from A.C. has been top notch as always. We're really happy with their recommendation of the Co
USA - Clair Brothers has appointed two new distibutors - Rocketerias in Mexico and VTècnics in Spain - to its growing international distribution network.
Rocketerias and VTècnics will sell and distribute all Clair Brothers products across the two markets.
Rocketerias owner Alejandro Barbosa Calderon comments: “Clair Brothers is a great brand, everybody knows it, and the sky’s the limit. So, joining with them is a powerful complement to our mission to deliver on the promise of offering the kinds of products our customers can be proud to own.”
“Clair Brothers has been a good friend to VTècnics, referring us many times to new customers,” states VTècnics production manager Josep Maria Serra. “When the timing and opportunity for real professional growth in the industry presented itself, we recognised the immediate need to be more competitive in the marketplace. It made perfect sense to contact Clair Brothers. It’s one of the easiest decisions we’ve ever made. And they received us with open arms. Clair Brothers has shown us a personal and permanent commitment to not only work together but to do things better. We love that!”
Europe - Community Professional Loudspeakers has appointed DV2 as its distributor in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
Effective immediately, DV2 Belux has become Community’s exclusive distributor in Belgium and Luxembourg, while DV2 France will be the American brand’s French distributor from 2 January 2018.
DV2 France was founded in 1997 by Didier Dal Fitto and Guy Vignet and is distributing a range of pro audio brands in France, including Adamson, Lab.Gruppen, Lake, MDC, XTA, Tannoy, WaveCapture and DiGiCo. In 2014 DV2 opened its office in Belgium to serve the Belgium and Luxembourg markets.
Community’s EMEA sales manager, Jamie Ward, comments: “DV2 is a major player in France and Belux and this partnership will substantially strengthen our distribution in these key European markets. Although it brings two markets under one company, DV2’s separate offices and operations in France and Belux independently serve their own markets, for language and cultural benefits, and we appreciate the advantage this gives in servicing Community’s customers with the highest level of service and technical support.”
Guy Vignet, president of DV2, adds: “We are more than thrilled to partner up with Community and represent the company’s high-performance products in the Belgium and French markets. The latest series from Community are just superb in terms of sound and build quality and we look forward to furthering the brand’s reputation in our market.”
DV2 will be welcoming visitors to see Community products on its booth at JTSE 2017, Por
USA - In 1997, race car driver Geoff Bodine put the pedal to the metal and reached 197.479 miles per hour on the famed Atlanta Motor Speedway. No-one has ever equalled that speed on the big course since, but the action was probably even more blistering on the weekend of 22-24 September, as nearly 100,000 fans descended on the site for the Imagine Festival.
Nowhere was the action hotter than on the Inferno stage, where Deadmau5, Flux Pavilion, The Floozies and other stars jammed under the intense output of Chauvet Professional Rogue fixtures supplied by 4Life Entertainment.
Designed by Incendia, with consultation provided by 4Life Entertainment, the stage featured eight Rogue R2 Spot, 16 Rogue R2 Beam and 24 Rogue R1 Wash fixtures. Drawing on the output of these fixtures, the rig provided an eye-popping level of brightness that blended well with the incessant pyro blasts that gave the stage its “Inferno” name.
“This was the EDM, funk dance heart of the festival,” said Spencer Lavoie, owner of 4Life Entertainment. “Given the nature of the acts we had on stage and the massive pyro effects we had all around us, we didn’t want a lighting rig that faded into the background. A big reason for choosing the Rogues was their punchy output.”
Lavoie also wanted to ensure that the stage’s video wall stood up to its surroundings so he built it with 64 bright PVP S7 LED tiles. These tiles were arranged to construct a front façade on centre stage.
“Rhizome NYC came in to VJ and produced a wide range of killer inhouse graphics ba
Italy - K-array's held its global distributor meeting on 25-27 October at the K-hall in San Piero a Sieve, Italy to discuss the latest strategies for 2018, including soon-to-be-launched new products.
There were 62 guests from over 30 countries visiting the small Tuscan town in the Mugello countryside where the event was held. A networking and a loudspeaker assembly teambuilding challenge were the first initiatives of the evening on Wednesday, followed by dinner and a jam session.
The plenary session kicked off early the next day with the theme Changing Perspective introduced by astronaut and aviator Maurizio Cheli who participated as mission specialist in the 1996 STS-75 Tethered Satellite mission with NASA.
After a recap of sales figures presented by Alessandro Tatini, co-founder and president of R&D, the day’s agenda dived into strategic planning for the next year. The company’s marketing strategies were introduced by marketing & communications manager Andrea Torelli; the new market verticals focus was presented by strategic sales & business development manager Stefano Zaccaria, project consultant Daniele Mochi and customer service specialist Daniel Strassera; and new innovations and audio solutions were introduced by product specialist Francesco Maffei.
The plenary session ended with guest presentations given by Zero55, a local team of lighting professionals who discussed the importance of quality lighting to accompany audio and an interesting experiential discussion on immersive audio by innovator of Astro Spatial A
USA - Cleveland-based Eighth Day Sound has officially joined Adamson Systems Engineering’s sales network on the back of significant installations at the corporate headquarters of a US-based Fortune 500 company and the University of Buffalo.
Eighth Day Sound has also provided Adamson loudspeaker systems for tours by major artists like Shawn Mendes, The 1975, and Nick Cave, as well as events including Drake’s OVO Fest and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ sold-out 2017 dates in Dublin, Ireland, while the company’s director (touring services) Owen Orzack was instrumental in introducing Adamson’s compact S-Series loudspeakers to the touring market.
Jack Boessneck, executive vice president of Eighth Day Sound, says: “Adamson’s reputation in the live sound industry is second to none. We’ve enjoyed a very rewarding relationship with them on the touring side of our business, so we recognized the potential to grow our respective businesses by taking our partnership to the next stage. Every time we’ve invested in Adamson over the years, we’ve seen immediate and significant returns, and their recent developments like the new install-focused IS-Series have us excited to expand that trend from a sales perspective.”
James Oliver, director of sales and marketing for Adamson, adds: “We’re proud of our longstanding relationship with Eighth Day Sound and thrilled to be adding them to our sales network. Once again, Eighth Day is ahead of the curve in recognizing the opportunities available as we continue to grow in scale and scope and we look forward to
USA - The 51st Annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards brought together some of the biggest names in country music for an evening of memorable performances which was broadcast on ABC to 14.3m viewers.
Sennheiser microphones and wireless systems were present throughout the broadcast, which was reportedly the channel’s most-viewed Wednesday night programme in three years.
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted the evening, both speaking and singing through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and MD 5235 capsule combination - all running through a Sennheiser 3732-II receiver. Underwood also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year.
After an understated a cappella rendition of Amazing Grace by Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and a bevy of other performers joined Darius Rucker for a rendition of erstwhile Hootie and the Blowfish hit Hold My Hand. Lady Antebellum put a Sennheiser Digital 6000/9000 wireless system to work, which included EM 6000 receivers and SKM 9000 handheld transmitters paired with MD 9235 microphone capsules. During the evening, the band also received an Album of the Year nomination for their latest record, Heart Break.
Reba McEntire then joined Best New Artist nominee Kelsea Ballerini for a performance of Ballerini’s hit Legends. McEntire - who also received a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year - performed through a Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitter and Neumann KK 105 capsule combination, flawlessly transmitted through a Sennheiser EM 3732-II receiver. The r
UAE - Following the great success of last year, Apart and Community have scheduled another Middle East seminar.
The event will take place on day one of Infocomm MEA, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 at 4pm local time at the Crowne Plaza Dubai.
During this exclusive event held by Audioprof Group International, Community Professional Loudspeakers will discuss how to design sound systems for challenging and highly reverberant acoustic spaces and the benefits of using horn loaded systems.
Apart Audio will focus on their new MASKC loudspeaker and MA mixing amplifier ranges and how these products can offer an enormous time-gain during installation.
The event will allow hands and ears-on with a range of products from both brands dedicated to the professional audio installation market, along with presentations from key staff from the two companies.
UK - Rental company Impact Production Services (IPS) has reported “unprecedented demand” for the ProLights StudioCOB Plus LED par.
The company says the LED par has been “hugely popular across a wide range of events ranging from outdoor live music concerts to film premieres and corporate functions in high end hotels”.
IPS’ Tom Warden commented: “They have been consistently popular with customers since we started adding them to our hire stock – we keep ordering more and still can't keep up with the demand for them.”
IPS purchased its stock from ProLights’ UK dealer A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (AC-ET), including the StudioCOB Plus Full Colour and StudioCOB Plus Daylight White models.
Steven Moseley, from IPS’ lighting department, said: “There has been an ever increasing demand from our clients for an LED fixture with a single beam output, so we contacted A.C. for some product advice and demos. We were impressed with the bright output of the StudioCOB Plus fixtures, as well as their compact size and neat appearance – something that not many comparable products could offer. This, added to the reduced power consumption and IP65 rating, made the StudioCOBs a winner in our eyes and a very attractive all-round package.”
Poland - Alcons Audio has recently added a new territory to its global spread of users, with Polish event production company Offstage using its QR, QM and VR series pro-ribbon systems on a wide range of events. Two of the most recent have been corporate orchestral concerts in the Baltic resort of Sopot.
Based in Łęgowo near Gdansk, Offstage provides concert sound, lighting and staging services for national and international clients. In September, its Alcons pro-ribbon loudspeakers were used for a corporate event at the Sheraton Hotel in Sopot where the Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot and guest performers entertained guests in the hotel’s Baltic Panorama Ballroom.
For the orchestral concert, Offstage used L-R arrays of an Alcons QR24 modular line-source array column and QM24 LMF array extension, plus VR8 compact versatile monitors as frontfills. The system was powered by a Sentinel3 amplified loudspeaker controller. For the party, which took place in a different part of the ballroom, two VR8s and a Sentinel10 were used.
The two-way QR24’s symmetrical design and the patented horizontal dispersion of its pro-ribbon HF drivers delivers seamless coverage and exceptional off-axis sound. Its unique, SPL-independent intelligibility-over-distance means that high quality audio is delivered to the back of the audience in even the most acoustically-challenging environments.
For aesthetic reasons, the client asked if the system could be placed behind the orchestra, to keep the stage as clear as possible.
“Every time we work with a
USA - Austin-based cinema Alamo Drafthouse recently upgraded its Highball location with an Allen & Heath Qu-24 digital mixer and its Barrel O’ Fun location with a Qu-24 mixer and an AR-2412 AudioRack.
A/V manager Steve Sanders said: “The Highball was using an older mixer in their remodelled space. So, I did a lot of research. The reviews said that the Allen & Heath Qu Series is the easiest digital board to use, especially if you’re coming from an analogue background. So, I rented one from Rock n Roll Rentals and took it home for a few days. With the Allen & Heath videos, it was easy to understand and, as I got to know the mixer, I really liked it. So, we bought one for the Highball and another for the Barrel O’ Fun.”
Sanders saves a Qu-24 scene for bands who play at the Highball regularly. “When they come in, I just recall their scene,” he said. “That’s especially helpful on monitors where everyone wants a different mix. And, I can’t always have a professional FOH person on every event,” he added. “So, if I have a manager or a projectionist working a simple show, I can set them up with a scene. Then, they can just focus on a few faders.
“I love the Qu-24 effects,” Sanders continued. “I use compression and gates on the input channels and delays for special effects. It’s great to have those built in to the board.” He uses Qu-24 SoftKeys for quick changes. “SoftKey 1 is my effects mute and SoftKey 6 is a tap tempo for delay. SoftKey 2 mutes my monitor mixes and SoftKey 4 mutes all of my input channels. Th
USA - Global manufacturer of video and signal distribution technology ZeeVee has launched a new website and logo as it marks 10 years in business.
Bob Michaels, CEO for ZeeVee, says: “2017 marks an important milestone for our company. ZeeVee has long been a trusted brand and a symbol of quality and ease of use. Today, those attributes continue to be the driving force in our innovation and engineering best practices. Throughout this past decade we have been working to lead the industry and develop new distribution platforms that leverage standards-based technology.
“From being the first to introduce an RF encoder/modulator approved for use by DIRECTV, Dish and other cable and satellite providers, to launching the first uncompressed 4K AV over IP distribution solution, we are committed to providing customers innovative and easy to use solutions.
“The AV landscape is changing rapidly and ZeeVee is at the centre of this transformation. The time was right to create a new visual identity that builds on our leadership position and expertise in designing and developing highly effective and efficient AV distribution technologies,” continued Michaels.
“The new logo embodies the essence of what ZeeVee is all about, using a contemporary, pure and clean typography. The new tagline ‘Signal Intelligence’ speaks to our unique ability and capacity to develop and bring to market innovative solutions,” Michaels said.
USA - After producing the US Open Squash Championships in Philadelphia for seven years, IMS Technology Services noticed a distinct improvement in the audio quality after switching to Martin Audio CDD-LIVE speakers for this year’s event.
IMS director of audio Chris Leonard comments: “We definitely upgraded the speaker coverage with the Martin Audio CDD-LIVE 12’s and 8’s. They had a major impact on the environment with their low-end extension and consistent wide coverage. There’s no good place to put subs at this event, so having a speaker with the low-end power of the CDD-LIVE series really helped us out with adding excitement to the audio quality and coverage. This was the seventh year we’ve done this event and by far the best sounding one yet.”
The Championships take place at Drexel University’s Daskalakis Athletic Centre with a custom ASB glass squash court placed in the middle of the gymnasium floor with the audience of just over 1,000 surrounding the court on all sides. IMS, a nationwide company that does full scale production for corporate, higher education and performing arts, along with corporate AV installs, has produced this one-of-a-kind event since it moved to their home base in Philadelphia.
This was also a breakthrough year in that the Egyptian male and female champions - Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb - made history as the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
Continuing his discussion of the audio challenges for the championships, Chris explains, “There
UK - J&C Joel has won the Exporter of the Year category at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards held at Grosvenor House in London on 14 November (Tuesday).
The Sowerby Bridge-based firm, which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions, was praised by the judges for the pace of their international growth, the range of countries they cover and their strategy of offering of a range of value-added services suited for both their UK and overseas clients.
J&C Joel’s CEO, James Wheelwright, said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have won this award, we weren’t expecting it as we were up against some really strong businesses. In recent years we have invested heavily in our export infrastructure; opening new offices overseas and expanding our operations to ensure we are offering the best service for our customers worldwide. To be recognised nationally for our success makes all the hard work the team has put in worthwhile.”
James added: “It has been a fantastic year for us as we have been recognised across the region for our exporting success. To win all these awards is a terrific achievement and an absolute credit to everyone here at J&C Joel.”
The Lloyds Bank National Business Awards recognise excellence, innovation and ethical business. This was the 16th edition of the event.
Germany - It has been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation and the German city of Worms, which played a central role in the movement, has been marking the event throughout the year. From 27 October to 1 November, a Ecumenical Bridge of Light was cast between the city’s St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Luther Church using Elation Professional Proteus Hybrid moving heads.
Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon was contacted by the city to connect the lofty Catholic Cathedral with the Protestant Luther Church in a bridge of light intended to express the bond between Catholics and Protestants. “Even though they are separate religions, they are still connected by the Christian faith,” Gerdon says of the reason behind the project. “The bridge of light was meant to visualize this connection as a symbolic meeting of the two great faiths in partnership.”
Gerdon’s initial idea was to use traditional searchlights to form the bridge of light but because the fixtures would need to be installed high up in towers, fixture weight and size was an issue. “Besides the near impossibility of getting such large and heavy fixtures up there, there wasn’t much room to work in, and power distribution would have been an issue as well. That made it quite complicated.” Strong light output was a must however so Gerdon looked further, testing several large discharge lights. “But they didn’t have enough power, not enough punch,” he says. “So our first idea was too cumbersome and our second idea was not bright enough.”
Then Gerdon receiv