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gottelierPLASA Show 2022: Gottelier Award nominees announced
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UK - This year’s Gottelier Award nominations have been announced, with voting now in process. Named in memory of renowned industry innovator and commentator Tony Gottelier, this special award recognises the invaluable contributions of the people behind the products.
LSi readers, registered PLASA Show visitors and PLASA members are eligible to vote for the Gottelier Award. The recipient of which will be announced during the PLASA Awards for Innovation ceremony at PLASA Show on Monday 5 September. The nominees for the 2022 Gottelier Award are:
David Edelstein – Managing Director of Triple E
David Edelstein, founder of Triple E, invented the Loose Pin Hinge in 1984 after spotting a huge gap in the market. The product went on to receive an ABTT Product of the Year award and has since inspired many imitations. David went on to design and launch UniTrack in 1988 which is now found in theatres, opera houses, cruise ships, and film studios around the world. Since then, Triple E has won five Product of the Year awards in the UK, as well as the Rigging Award for ChainTrack at LDI 2021. And since 1998, David has designed variable acoustic systems which are now staples of Triple E's product range.
JB Toby – Technical Director of Avolites
JB Toby joined Avolites in the late nineties and focused on developing the dimming range which put Avolites in a powerful position in the live touring market. In 1999, JB spearheaded a team and launched the Art 2000 dimming range which is now a well-known product in the live entertainment, film a

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

Tribute to Olivia - Producers of the West End production of Grease have dedicated the rest of its run to the memory of Olivia Newton-John, who has died aged 73. Newton-John, best known for playing Sandy in the 1978 film Grease, died on 8 August, with a statement from her family saying she passed away “peacefully” at her Ranch in Southern California, surrounded by family and friends. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” it said.
A stage production of Grease is currently running at the Dominion Theatre in London, which is produced by Colin Ingram for InTheatre Productions, Donovan Mannato, Playing Field, Gavin Kalin and Curve.
Paying tribute, the producers said: “Olivia Newton-John is an icon who has inspired countless young performers across the world, not least our company of Grease in the West End. It is a huge honour to perform songs that she made world famous for thousands of fans, who continue to celebrate the legacy of this musical and her incredible talent.”
They added: “Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family and loved ones at this difficult time. We’d like to dedicate this evening’s performance and the rest of our run to Olivia’s memory and everything she represented.”
Music Education - A government-led national service for music education has been proposed as part of a report calling for all children to have access to high-quality music lessons. The service would consist of a national coordinating body – whic

linearraytreeMartin Audio commits to plant 50,000 trees
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UK - Martin Audio recently introduced a dedicated environment page to its website, detailing its approach to the climate emergency. Now they have taken that a step further, announcing the funding completion for planting 50,000 trees, plus an ongoing commitment to plant another new tree for every line array cabinet sold.
Managing director, Dom Harter, takes up the story: “As a global leader in the pro audio industry, and as part of the wider Focusrite Group, environmental sustainability is a major opportunity for us to demonstrate climate leadership and values, define good environmental practice, and benefit from an opportunity to meaningfully engage with our staff, customers, and the wider audio community. Working alongside Andy Land, head of sustainability for Focusrite Group, we have been outlining our approach and commencing the work.”
Land added, “Our approach to environmental sustainability extends to our complete operation, aiming to embed us within the circular economy. We believe the only way to make sure we’re doing the right thing is to look at our products in detail across the whole lifecycle, starting with production, then logistics, energy consumption and end of life treatment.
“It’s going to take time, but we’re aiming to map the life cycle of every product and through this detailed work, we’re starting to uncover the environmental hot spots in our products, and what we can do about it. The work involved will not only involve holistic sustainable design, but also packaging, energy efficiency and the headquarters buildin

plasa-showPLASA Show announces seminar and workshop programme
Tuesday, 9 August 2022

UK - PLASA Show has just announced its seminar and workshop programme which will run at Olympia London from 4-6 September. Sponsored by Vectorworks, the programme is packed with technical talks, creative presentations, and industry panels – each with a firm eye on the future of live events and entertainment.
Pre-registered visitors can take advantage of the free-to-attend programme across all three days of the show. The first wave of programme sessions is now available to view on the PLASA Show website. Read on for initial highlights:
Plenty of PLASA-hosted business sessions will run, helping you understand the latest legislation changes. These include EcoDesign and RoHS with PLASA and ETC, Stop changing channels; radio spectrum with BEIRG, Brexit update with PLASA and Live, and SIC codes: Government recognition and the viability of our sector with White Light and the Department for International Trade.
Creating an inclusive workforce with Hannah Eakins from Production Futures, Jas Parekh from Production Futures, Koy Neminathan from Avolites, Amy Kerr from Robe UK, Ollie Jeffrey from Royal Albert Hall, and programmer, arranger, and production manager Terry King. The panel will share thoughts on how the industry can attract diverse, young talent. Elsewhere, another panel will discuss Safety and security at large-scale events, particularly during this time of crew shortages.
Celebrating 20 years of TAIT Navigator, led by TAIT’s Jim Love. This session will present case studies from live entertainment spectaculars s

showlightShowlight 2023 – Call for exhibitors and sponsors
Monday, 8 August 2022

Europe - It’s less than 10 months until Showlight 2023 and preparations are gathering pace for this premier networking event. This will be the first in-person Showlight for six years and excitement is building rapidly as plans are made and diaries blocked out.
Exhibitor stand bookings are underway with many confirmations already in place. The first exhibitors will be announced in the coming weeks. Those who wish to exhibit should contact John Allen at the soonest opportunity as places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss your chance to be an integral part of Showlight 2023!
There are plenty of opportunities to become a Showlight sponsor – whether you choose to exhibit or not. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships exist alongside specific sponsorship for aspects such as hospitality, transport, welcome drinks, speakers or students, and many more to suit all budgets – you could even suggest your own idea. Again, these sponsorship roles will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and all enquiries should be made to John Allen who will furnish the full details.
With Fontainebleau the location for Showlight 2023, it is especially fitting that our headline sponsor for this year is French lighting manufacturer, Robert Juliat. We are also grateful to the following sponsors who are already in place: Platinum sponsor, Ayrton, Gold sponsors Eyetidy, Robe, SFL, Silver sponsors ABTT, ACT Entertainment, Altman, CAST, Christie Lites, White Light and Bronze sponsor, PRG. We are proud to have LSi as our Media Part

main-lightfuze-max-spotMain Light adds more Elation to inventory
Friday, 5 August 2022

USA - Rental house Main Light has added Elation Professional’s new Fuze MAX Spot LED moving head to its growing inventory of lighting products. The full-colour-spectrum automated LED Spot fixture is currently in stock and available to rent across all Main Light locations.
“The Fuze MAX series of fixtures helps fill a gap that has existed in the LED engine fixture types,” stated Randy Mullican, CEO at Main Light. “The customer feedback has been extremely positive in the short time the fixtures have been on the market.” Dave Pretz, Main Light national asset manager, adds, “The high CRI on the Fuze MAX series makes it a great fixture for on-camera applications which need high quality lighting, and the price point provides a cost-effective option to add to our rental inventory.”
First seen at the USITT show in March and shipping since April, the Fuze MAX Spot is a 21,000-lumen full-spectrum LED spot fixture with RGBMA engine (92 CRI) that rivals 1000W/1200W class discharge fixtures. Its wide chromatic range (including dynamic whites), 7° to 53° zoom, full feature set (three gobo wheels, animation wheel, dual frost, prism and iris) and outstanding quality make it ideal for a wide array of precision lighting applications It is also available in a Profile framing version.
“The Fuze MAX series is the evolution of many years of innovation and development from our team,” states Eric Loader, sales & marketing director at Elation. “We have taken all of our experience with full spectrum LED light sources and combined it with all the bes

nederland-blazers-ensemble02Blazers celebrates with Martin MAC Ultra
Thursday, 4 August 2022

The Netherlands - The Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Nieuwjaarsconcert - performed on-stage before an audience and broadcasted by NPO 2 on New Year’s Day - is a pivotal event in the Dutch cultural calendar, ringing in the New Year for countless viewers. The 2022 edition marked the concert’s 50th iteration, which paid tribute to legendary singers Nina Simone and Maria Callas. To create immersive and riveting visuals suitable for such a milestone, veteran lighting designer Henk-Jan van Beek and the Light-H-Art team selected the Martin MAC Ultra Performance as the lighting fixture of choice.
“I had already seen and played with the MAC Ultra Performance, and so I knew it was something I wanted to have,” said van Beek. “It’s since become my de-facto workhorse - it’s easy to set up, zooming into an iris effect is fast and elegant. Because it’s so bright, the fixture is amazing at painting walls and making the subtle background illuminations that are vital in a stage performance.”
Designed to suit even the most ambitious productions, the MAC Ultra Performance features Martin’s 1150W, 6000K proprietary LED light engine, which is capable of emitting up to 46,500 lumens in projection over its 50,000+ hour lifespan. Additionally, the fixture’s comprehensive collection of effects, filters and colour blends allows for everything from stark white beams and saturated colour washes to flickering strobes and captivating prisms. Suited for broadcasts as well as live shows, the MAC Ultra Performance was ideal for creating the grand and stunning visuals

ed-sheeran-mathematic-cardiffEd Sheeran switches to Sennheiser Digital 6000
Thursday, 4 August 2022

UK - Sennheiser has been an essential part of Ed Sheeran’s touring inventory since the start of his career, with his long-time production company, Major Tom, providing Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 system for him in recent years. Now on a tour that takes in some of the biggest venues in the world, including London’s Wembley Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki, New Zealand’s Eden Park and Sydney’s Accor Stadium, and with a show that has expanded significantly from his ‘one man and a guitar days’, a switch has been made to Sennheiser’s Digital 6000.
“Digital 6000 delivers the same sonic excellence, but with added flexibility,” says RF engineer Dave White. “The 9000 Series served us incredibly well, but with large shows on multiple nights with a band and the addition of guest artists, we needed some extra flexibility. The 6000 system, coupled with the extension of Sennheiser’s Wireless Systems Manager application and a wider bandwidth, provides us with that.”
Digital 6000 Series transmitters are coupled with a Sennheiser MM 435 capsule for Ed’s vocals, chosen for its cardioid polar pattern, and a 945 capsule, a favourite for many years because of its tight pickup pattern, for his loop vocal. “The 435 is a specific choice for this tour as we have a lot of PA and don’t want any spill,” says White. “Although Ed is close to the mic for a lot of the time, he’s dynamic in the way he uses it and the 435 allows a little bit more range and pick up.”
There are a total of 16 channels

lesliegaston-birdAES announces results of 2022 elections
Wednesday, 3 August 2022

USA - The Audio Engineering Society has announced the incoming officers and governors following the 2022 board of directors and board of governors elections.
The Society’s membership has elected Leslie Gaston-Bird, as president-elect. Also on the board of directors, Valerie Tyler has been re-elected as secretary and Marina Bosi re-elected as treasurer.
In the AES Elections for the board of governors (BoG), Angela Piva has been elected vice president Eastern region, USA/Canada, David v.R. Bowles has been elected vice president Western region, USA/Canada and Jamie Angus-Whiteoak has been elected as vice president Northern Europe region. Additionally, newly elected governors-at-large are Lesley Fogle, Toru Kamekawa and Marcela Zorro.
Save for the president-elect, each newly-elected individual will serve a two-year term and Bosi and Tyler with have their current terms extended by two years. Gaston-Bird will serve a year on the AES board of directors as president-elect, in 2024 as president, in 2025 as past-president, followed by two years as a governor. All those newly elected will begin their terms on January 1, 2023.
Also on 1 January, 2023, current past-president Jonathan Wyner will transition to governor for the first year of a two-year term. Beginning one-year terms will be president Josh Reiss, who will transition to past-president, and president-elect Bruce Olson, who will become president.
Outgoing from the Board of Governors in 2023 as regional Vice Presidents are Gabriel Herman, Alex Kosiorek and Elena Prokofieva. Governors with

upper-arlington-lutheran-church-mills-runDanley Sound hosts Ohio road show event
Wednesday, 3 August 2022

USA - Danley Sound Labs, in partnership with McFadden Sales, is hosting a large-scale demonstration on Thursday, 18 August 2022 at the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church’s Mill Run campus in Hilliard, Ohio. This event follows two prior successful large-scale demonstrations in Rockingham, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Danley Sound Labs is about creating an audio experience,” said Skip Welch, director of marketing and sales at Danley Sound Labs. “We want prospective customers and partners to hear our products. We believe Danley products provide the highest quality audio experiences on the market and simply saying that does not do justice to the experience.”
Andy Yost, principal and director of sales adds, “We at McFadden Sales are excited to partner with Danley Sound Labs to bring these experiences to customers in the Midwestern United States. These ‘road show’ demonstration events allow us to share the quality that Danley Sound Labs can provide to churches, clubs, venues, stadiums, and touring productions in and around this region.”
Demonstrations will take place on Thursday, August 18th from noon until 7:00 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Danley’s latest loudspeaker, the J8-94, as well as a host of other loudspeaker and subwoofer products ranging from the popular BC215 subwoofer to the SM80 loudspeaker.
In addition, attendees will be able to experience the newest series of Danley products: the Tom Danley Signature Series. This series of products is built specifically for the home theatre and hom

gearforceGearforce Pro Audio puts Quantum to work
Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Canada - There are two reasons why audio rental company, Gearforce Pro Audio chose to invest in a DiGiCo Quantum 225. Rob Nevalainen, founder of the company and engineer in his own right, has always been forward-thinking. Gearforce has always focused on providing high-end technology that enables the company to meet clients' needs regardless of the demands of the gig.
Nevalainen purchased the Q225 to add to Gearforce’s existing DiGiCo inventory in mid-April, ready for the start of a busy season. “After two years away,” he says, “it’s different getting back out. The landscape has changed, for sure.”
However, some things have not, including Nevalainen’s reliance on DiGiCo consoles, GerrAudio, who supplied the console, as a distributor and Gearforce’s emphasis on adapting and moving forward.
Gearforce purchased the Q225 in mid-April 2022, Nevalainen explains, adding that it is currently out on the road for Jann Arden’s summer tour in support of Descendant, Arden’s 15th studio album. The tour started on 20 May with a show at MTELUS Montréal, a storied local concert venue formerly known as Montreal Métropolis and located in the heart of the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.
“The console wasn’t purchased specifically for Jann,” he says. “I’ve been looking at the Quantum for the last year. Obviously, during the pandemic wasn’t a great time to purchase anything, but I was keeping my eye on the technology because we own a bunch of other DiGiCo consoles.”
With so many artists hitting the road, some for the

plasa-awardsPLASA Awards for Innovation deadline approaches
Tuesday, 2 August 2022

UK - The deadline for entries for this year’s PLASA Awards for Innovation is fast approaching. Those wishing to enter products for this year’s awards are encouraged to do so as soon as possible, with the deadline for entrants to enjoy maximum publicity being Friday 5 August. After that, entries will be accepted until Wednesday 17 August but will miss out on key marketing opportunities associated with the awards. PLASA Show 2022 exhibitors, PLASA members and non-exhibitors are invited to enter their products to be in with a chance of winning one of the coveted awards.
Organised in association with LSi, the awards celebrate innovative products from across the live entertainment technology industry that can demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice or safety, introduce new materials or techniques, or offer a new commercial advantage.
Each successfully entered product will be judged by an independent panel of industry experts who have the authority to present up to eight awards of equal standing, plus a potential Gold Award for an outstanding new product.
An Award for Sustainability is reserved for a product that can demonstrate a significant reduction of power, utilises renewable energy, or has a positive impact on the environment.
All nominated products will be showcased in the Innovation Gallery at PLASA Show 2022, and will also be featured year-round on the virtual Innovation Gallery. Products can also benefit from exposure in LSi, both in print, online and across social media if submitted by the deadline of Friday 5 Augu

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 2 August 2022

In Decline - Britain has 20% fewer nightclubs than it had when the country first went into lockdown in March 2020. Nightclubs have been in decline for the last 15 years or so and figures released by the Night Time Industries Association highlight that the trend of closures is continuing. That's despite the government offering billions of pounds in grants and loans throughout the pandemic to support hospitality businesses which were forced to shut down.
The NTIA recorded the lowest number of nightclubs on record - 1,130 - in its latest set of data, based on the situation in England, Wales and Scotland. In March 2020, when the figures were last published, the number was 1,418. The body is now warning that the "culmination of pandemic debt, growing energy bills, workforce challenges, supply chain, increased insurance premiums, landlord pressures and product cost increases have created a perfect storm".
Some parts of the country fared worse than others, such as the Midlands in England, where nearly 30% of nightclubs have closed since the first lockdown just over two years ago.
Streaming Challenge - The UK's competition watchdog has found streaming has made the music industry challenging for many artists. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said more than 80% of recorded music was now listened to via streaming, with more than 138 billion streams in the UK last year. MPs had demanded a "complete reset" of the industry, amid "pitiful returns" for artists. They had called for the CMA to look into the power of the major players.

christie-litesChristie Lites opens Seattle and Nashville shops
Monday, 1 August 2022

USA - Christie Lites has announced the opening of new strategic locations in Seattle and Nashville, USA. These shops add valuable local industry expertise, plus a diverse and well serviced inventory, to Christie Lites’ existing network across the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Christie Lites CEO, Huntly Christie, says: “No one can deny that it has been a tough couple of years for the entertainment industry. Almost every business in the sector has had to make some very painful tactical decisions to survive, including Christie Lites. However, I am delighted to say that 2022 is seeing a phenomenal upturn in productivity, prompting us to add these two strategic new locations. Nashville is an epicentre for the music industry and the Seattle shop will bolster Christie Lites’ support for the Pacific Northwest and demonstrate a commitment to key local clients.
“Seattle and Nashville have welcomed local, skilled, and respected production and lighting talent into the Christie family. The addition of both locations will ensure that we can respond to production lighting requirements, regardless of their origin or destination, quickly and effectively. These two sites will continue our mission to guarantee our clients the same high-quality service and choice of equipment regardless of which Christie Lites office they deal with.”
Chris Patton, VP for rentals, continues: “As with existing Christie Lites locations, each new site has an equipment portfolio that is optimized to meet the expectations of frequent or regular events in their home city alongside the

vgd-peopleAyrton appoints VGD Project distributor for Latvia and Estonia
Monday, 1 August 2022

Latvia - Ayrton has announced VGD Project SIA of Riga, Latvia as its newest distributor. With immediate effect, VGD Project will exclusively represent Ayrton in Latvia and Estonia.
VDG Project was founded in 2013 as the certified provider distributor and training centre for L-Acoustics in Baltic States where it is responsible for the territories of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Uzbekistan.
The company then looked to extend its offering to include professional lighting and turned to Ayrton’s comprehensive product line to fulfil this promise: “Our goal is to represent only one manufacturer in each market segment,” explains VGD Project’s CEO, Igor Verkholat. “In this way we can be sure to supply a complete service for both the pro-audio and pro-lighting markets, and Ayrton fits into our philosophy very well.”
VGD Project will be distributing the entire Ayrton range of products and will concentrate its efforts on all sectors of the arts and performance, sporting, entertainment and rental markets.
“We formed VGD’s brand portfolio to cover all the needs of our customers and better develop our company,” confirms Natalia Petrukhina, VGD Project’s marketing manager. “This collaboration with Ayrton will allow us to promote our professional and business competences more effectively in the area of the Baltic States.”
“We are very much looking forward to this new working arrangement with VGD, and are excited at the prospect of developing a new market with the energy and expertise

il-volo5Chauvet lights Il Volo private show
Friday, 29 July 2022

Canada - Gil Perron lit a special, private show by the award-winning Italian trio Il Volo at Montreal’s Teatro Leonardo DaVinci. Although rigging was a lot easier at this beautiful facility, the design team had to be much more mindful of load capacity.
This was “sort of a big deal” for Perron, given his penchant for grouping fixtures in clusters to create unique multi-directional light angles. “It’s kind of my thing; I like clumping fixtures in groups of three and then layering them vertically and horizontally,” he said. “This is tougher on a fly system than on truss, but it’s well worth the effort. Doing this, I can use colour theory to create either triadic or analogic colour complementariness.
“Working with another proponent of colour theory, our programmer/operator Guy Laflamme, made this a lot of fun - you pick the primary and then, as if by magic the complementariness appears,” continued Perron. “Guy (Laflamme) is an established LD in his own right and he deserves a lot of credit in bringing so many stunning “images” to the show. He completely understood my mind’s eye and I just let him run with it!”
Helping Perron and Laflamme work this magic, while also reducing the load demand on the fly system, thanks to their efficient design, was a collection of over 100 Chauvet Professional fixtures supplied by LSM Ambiocreateurs’ Montreal office.
“This was a one-off, so I was handed a global budget that included scenery and lighting,” said Perron. “We did a very simple gala-type riser set-up and used a star

cesar-benitezKLANG:konductor offers options for Ricky Martin
Friday, 29 July 2022

USA - Last year, César Benítez Seilhamer became a fan of KLANG’s approach to immersive in-ear monitor mixing on a co-headlining tour with Latino superstars Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias, using a DMI-KLANG card mounted into one of the slots on the back panel of his DiGiCo Quantum5 console.
And the shows keep getting bigger - Martin is doing a series of one-off orchestral dates this year, including two recent nights at the Hollywood Bowl with the 100-plus-member Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in July - but Benítez has a new way to keep up with that, as well as giving the artists and musicians the most effective sonic environments possible on stage.
His solution is the new KLANG:konductor immersive in-ear mixing processor. Able to deliver 16 immersive mixes and process 128 input signals at up to 96kHz at an astonishing internal latency of less than 0.25ms, the KLANG:konductor gives Benítez the tools and power he needs now and in the future.
“The shows I was working on kept getting larger,” says Benítez, who began his stint with Ricky Martin doing awards shows, which led to the 27 dates on the 2021 tour with Iglesias, named Pollstar’s number-one Latin tour, as well on shows with singer/songwriter/producer Tommy Torres and Wisin & Yandel, with whom he’s currently on tour and who will later have 14 shows at the Puerto Rico Arena in December.
“As the shows became more complex, I needed a new monitor mix solution. The KLANG:konductor was it - it’s not only what I need now but it’s also the future of monitor mixing for

highlightInfinity fixtures light ParkCity Live main stage
Friday, 29 July 2022

The Netherlands - Heerlen hosted the 10th edition of ParkCity Live on 16 and 17 July 2022. Headliners on the main stage on Saturday night were BLØF and Limburg legends Rowwen Héze, while Sunday night ended with performances from Danny Vera, Anouk and renowned Dutch DJ duo Lucas & Steve. The main stage featured lighting provided by Ampco Flashlight Group, while spectacular lighting effects for the tented dance area were provided by SLF Group.
ParkCity Live is an event that's gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010 and this edition welcomed around 35,000 festival goers over the course of two days.
For the main stage, 24 iFX-640 effect moving heads by Infinity were used. These versatile light fixtures ensured that the main stage was illuminated with an ever-changing variety of colourful light effects.
For the tented dance area, SLF Group used a large number of light effects by Showtec and Infinity to create the ideal atmosphere. Beam, spot and wash effects were provided by 20 Showtec Phantom 12R hybrid moving heads and 28 Showtec Spectral M1500 Zoom Q4s
Additional effects came from 24 Showtec Sunstrip Active MKII blinders and three Showtec Festoonlight Q4 Strings. The icing on the cake included top-quality lighting from Infinity with 36 iW-741 wash moving heads, 12 Infinity Furion Series B401 Beams and 6 Infinity iFX-615 moving light bars. The Infinity Chimp 300.G2 light controller offered optimal management over all of the lighting fixtures.

frameless-digital-immersive-art-experiencePanasonic backs Frameless immersive experience
Friday, 29 July 2022

UK - London's first permanent digital immersive arts experience, Frameless, will be opening in October in the heart of London’s West End. Frameless has partnered with projection technology provider, Panasonic, who will use the venue as their global flagship showcasing their projection technologies and large format displays. Creative Technology, have also been brought on board to deliver integration services for all video systems across the attraction.
Using over 50 of Panasonic’s 3-Chip DLP laser projectors, the art projections inside the attraction will be delivered by 479m pixels and 1m lumens of brightness and colour, to give ‘a truly stunning image’ quality across all four immersive galleries as well as a fifth gallery dedicated to corporate and educational events.
A second layer of audio immersion is achieved by 360-degree surround sound played over 158 loudspeakers from EM Acoustics with over 36,000 watts of amplification. EM Acoustics R8 speakers are used in each gallery, providing audio with detail, clarity and control. Set to a score of specially composed music, each gallery has a bespoke soundtrack and soundscapes with interactive audio triggered by audience movement.
All of this is brought together by the latest Hive media servers, calibration cameras, switching, movement and depth sensors, to deliver an inspiring experience.
Using 3-Chip DLP technology, the RQ22 and RQ35 projectors used inside Frameless deliver high levels of brightness and resolution, together with long lasting stable colour uniformity in compact smaller

howardpagemartinseidl1Sting performs in Eisenstadt with Austrian Audio
Friday, 29 July 2022

Austria - Sting visited Eisenstadt during his My Songs Tour and performed on 15 July in the grounds of the Esterházy Palace Park in Vienna. With him on tour were Austrian Audio mics. Since all Austrian Audio mics are hand-made in Vienna, it’s an actual homecoming for the OD505, CC8 & OC818 mics, used on backing vocals and guitar amps.
Sting: My Songs is a special performance featuring the 17-time Grammy Award winner's best-loved songs, like Englishman in New York, Fields Of Gold, Every Breath You Take, Roxanne and Message In A Bottle and many more. Sting performs live, accompanied by an electric rock ensemble consisting of: Dominic Miller (guitar), Zack Jones (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar), Sting (bass), Kevon Webster (keyboards), Shane Sager (harmonica) with Melissa Musique and Gene Noble (backing vocals).
Sting’s FOH engineer Howard Page has worked with the artist for decades and is intimately familiar with the requirements of Sting’s live performance. He chose the OD505 for the backing vocalists and feels they have made a real difference due to the increased sensitivity and rejection. He said: “Those new mics give me the definition and clarity that’s needed.”

baselR-H delivers clarity to Basel Train Station
Friday, 29 July 2022

Europe - Located at the intersection of France, Germany and Switzerland, the Basel Train Station (Basel SBB) in Basel, Switzerland is a primary hub for travel throughout Europe and is often regarded as Europe’s busiest international train station. With high background and travel noise compounded with highly reflective ceiling and walls, announcements were hard to understand, resulting in traveller confusion, missed trains and unnecessary congestion throughout the station. To combat the acoustic challenges Basel SBB faced, Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Compact loudspeakers were installed to aid in delivering intelligible announcements for passengers and staff.
Travellers are inundated with a wide range of sights and sounds as they pass through any busy transportation hub: arrival, boarding and departure announcements, safety and security information, marketing and services messaging, and the droning murmur of fellow travelers moving from point A to point B—it’s a flood of input for the senses at every step. Transportation managers are challenged with the need to cut through clutter, capture attention and deliver actionable and perhaps critical safety information to a widespread, quickly moving public. For Basel SBB, the initial sound system and loudspeakers installed were not up to the acoustic challenges of the space.
Chris Steiger, CEO of Zurich-based pro audio distribution firm promedias AG, was brought in by Basel SBB managers to upgrade the sound quality of one of the station’s larger halls. The hall houses two large waiting areas, a cafe, a few small

sherwoodHippotizer Tierra+ feeds Electric Forest visuals
Friday, 29 July 2022

USA - Michigan’s much-anticipated Electric Forest Festival returned for 2022 with an expertly curated line up of EDM stars, jam bands, dubstep heroes and multiple other genres.
On the Sherwood Court stage, a massive 7056x2864 canvas of LED screens made up of 180m2 of Roe MC7 and 150m2 of YesTech MG7 featured visuals created by Observatory and powered by Hippotizer Tierra+ MK2 Media Servers.
Notable on the Sherwood Court stage were US ‘heaven trap’ DJ duo Slander, bass-heavy Mersiv, and ‘chillwave’ pioneer Toto y Moi. Observatory’s brief was to create the scenic visual content for the Sherwood Court stage’s proscenium arch LED screens, and the upstage LED screen when there wasn’t a guest VJ or content supplied with the performer. The team was commissioned by Electric Forest organisers Insomniac events and Leisure Expert Group, on the back of a successful visuals collaboration on the Beyond Wonderland festival in Southern California earlier this year.
“Creative briefs from Leisure Expert Group are second to none as their attention to detail and overarching themes are crystal clear,” says Observatory’s director of production, Simon Harris. “Their initial brief was to focus on the Sherwood Elephant stained glass styling, which was the main content used throughout the day. In the evening and into the night we introduced more diverse themes including an art nouveau greenhouse structure, lush trees, growing flowers, animated branches and vegetation, natural kaleidoscopes, growing roots, waterfalls and graphic patterns.”

mjf20221Meyer Sound reinforces Montreux Jazz Festival
Friday, 29 July 2022

Switzerland - During the first two weeks of July, legions of music lovers again descended on the shores of Lake Geneva for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which returned this summer.
Meyer Sound also returned to Montreux at full force for its 36th year as a strategic partner and official sound provider, supporting the festival with nearly 300 loudspeakers deployed across 12 venues, indoors and out, large and small.
Most of the festival’s headliner concerts are presented in the 4,000-seat Auditorium Stravinski, and this year the venue also had the distinction of hosting the first indoor concerts to be reinforced by Meyer Sound’s new system, the Panther large-format linear line array loudspeaker.
“It was pure joy to mix on Panther,” said festival sound coordinator Martin Reich of audioconsulting ag, who also served as FOH engineer for Westerman and Gregory Porter. “The system is extremely precise, consistent and coherent, especially in the upper midrange. It is also exceptionally linear, which is the best thing for me. It behaves exactly the same whether you are mixing loud or at a low level.”
Bob Coke, who mixed Jeff Beck with special guest Johnny Depp. Noted, “With Panther, it’s like mixing on near-field monitors in the studio. I could hear everything on them, including all the corrective EQ saved on the console channels from my last gig. Kudos to Martin and José [Gaudin] for their extremely coherent install - the venue sounded the same everywhere.”
The two main front arrays at Auditorium Stravinksi each comprised 12 Panth

hollyland-thumb-700x441AV Distribution reinforces portfolio with Hollyland
Thursday, 28 July 2022

South Africa - AV Distribution, the dedicated distribution division of the Stage Audio Works Group headquartered in Midrand, South Africa, has announced an exclusive distribution agreement with Hollyland, specialists in wireless communication.
Established in 2013, Hollyland’s wireless solutions are expressly designed for wireless audio and video transmissions and wireless intercom systems for real-time team communication. The product range includes affordable solutions for wireless video broadcast, monitoring and live streaming in addition to wireless microphones and intercom on the audio side, plus a host of accessories.
According to AV Distribution general manager, Ashley Coleman, Hollyland is a valuable addition to the brand portfolio. “Hollyland products combine versatility with innovation and a refreshingly robust build quality,” she notes. “Suited to a wide range of applications, from media production to broadcast, live streaming, and more, Hollyland’s wireless audio and video solutions will be particularly welcomed by our partners serving the broadcast and live events sectors.”


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