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The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Sondheim Remembered - The lights in London's West End were dimmed on Monday night as theatres payed tribute to US composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim who has died aged 91. The composer and lyricist, famous for creating the musical Sweeney Todd, was described as one of theatre's "greatest geniuses" after his death on Friday.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh said the world had "lost one of its greatest and most original writers". The theatrical producer renamed his Queen's Theatre venue after the composer in 2019. During his illustrious career, he wrote the scores of some of Broadway's best-known shows including Company, Follies and A Little Night Music. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story.
In The Courts - Two ticket touts who made millions of pounds reselling tickets to theatre shows and gigs including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have had appeals against their conviction rejected. The decision is being hailed a "major milestone" in the fight to clean up the secondary ticketing market and could have "far-reaching ramifications" for other online touts, experts have said.
Peter Hunter and David Thomas Smith were convicted on multiple counts of fraud in 2020, after reselling hundreds of sought-after tickets at inflated prices for events including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the West End, as well as Ed Sheeran and Madness gigs.
They used nearly 100 different names, 88 postal addresses and more than 290 email addresses to evade restrictions set up on primary ticketing platforms that

lasolotechk31Solotech invests in L-Acoustics K3
Tuesday, 30 November 2021

USA/Europe - Solotech, a long-time L-Acoustics partner, has extended its inventory. The company’s already substantial stock of L-Acoustics products now boasts a total of 56 of the newest L-Acoustics K3 compact line array cabinets, split equally across its North American and European operations. This investment will help the company to fulfil its ever-increasing 2022 commitments.
The new K3 is L-Acoustics smallest, full-range line source system to date and is designed for mid-size events. Its light weight and long-throw capability and extensive bandwidth make it an appropriate addition to Solotech’s inventory, allowing the company to propose new approaches, especially for theatre productions and for deployments using L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal technology, providing a cost-effective solution for projects requiring increased cabinet counts in smaller spaces.
“The global Solotech teams consistently create outstanding entertainment experiences for an incredible range of audiences and artists,” expressed Alan Macpherson, chief executive officer of L-Acoustics Americas. “I’m pleased that Solotech saw the new K3 as a strategic investment that will help them to continue offering optimised sound reinforcement for their exciting and growing line-up of projects.”
In Europe, SSE has already deployed its K3 with Post Malone on the Wireless Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival this summer, whilst Solotech’s North American stock is gracing American rapper, singer and songwriter NF’s 20-date, month-long Clouds Tour, where it is being used as out-fill

 
 
bikefest-rectangle-bannerBikeFest charity cycle ride set for Spain in January
Monday, 29 November 2021

Spain - Cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to take part in BikeFest Spain 2022, a three-day fundraising ride from Valencia to the ISE tradeshow in Barcelona.
Taking place from 29-31 January, the route spans 360km along the Mediterranean coast and all proceeds will benefit live events, entertainment and AV professionals who have suffered financially due to the pandemic.
BikeFest has become a tradition in the UK in recent years, with cycling enthusiasts riding from various points in the UK to Olympia London in the build-up to the PLASA Show. Iin 2021, BikeFest, in partnership with #WeMakeEvents, raised funds for industry colleagues impacted by the pandemic and in support of the live events supply chain.
BikeFest 2022 will be in Spain in time for the ISE convention. Two industry charities - Backup in the UK and AAA in Spain - will benefit from the fundraising efforts, with organisations PLASA, AVIXA, ISE, AFIAL, FIAVE and Alerta Roja supporting the initiative.
Juan Jose Vila, COO and CMO of Equipson, proposed the idea of a charity bike ride in Spain. He asked #WeMakeEvents to headline the project, in partnership with AFIAL, PLASA, AVIXA and ISE. Over the last two years, Vila has worked closely with these organisations to help the AV industry, winning AVIXA's Volunteer of the year award 2021. He is also an active member of the Spanish #WeMakeEvents team, the Spanish equivalent of the campaign #hacemoseventos.
Vila comments: "Primarily, this event is all about raising funds for the organisations and charities that are supporting

 
yamaha-entourageYamaha partners with Entourage Pro platform
Monday, 29 November 2021

Europe - Yamaha has partnered with Entourage Pro, the new free-to-join global networking platform for sourcing accredited production industry personnel.
Covering 140 professional freelance roles in a wide range of technical disciplines - including sound, lighting, video, staging, production management, logistics, catering, artist services and more - the platform has been designed to be a quick and easy way to connect personnel to productions (and vice-versa) for anything from a one-off show to a world tour.
Its directors, Joel Perry and James Stanbridge, approached Yamaha, “knowing that the company’s reputation for high standards, reliability, future-proofed technology and global reach mirrors the Entourage Pro ethos. Seeing the advantages that Entourage Pro offered, and keen to support the re-emergence of live entertainment, Yamaha was happy to become an official partner”.
“The moment we were introduced to the concept of Entourage Pro, the team at Yamaha immediately recognised the opportunities that it could bring to both crew and production companies,” says Karl Christmas, European product manager at Yamaha Music Europe.
“In supporting the development of this platform, Yamaha is confident that it will be a significant resource for our friends and colleagues in the industry as it gets back on its feet.”
“We are very pleased that Yamaha is an official partner of Entourage Pro,” adds Joel Perry. “As with all of our partners, the company is a world leader in live entertainment technology which has firmly embraced the E

 
 
foxingChauvet lights Foxing’s album launch
Thursday, 25 November 2021

USA - Indie/emo band Foxing entitled their fourth studio album Draw Down The Moon. For the album release show at the Pageant theatre in St Louis, designer Gerry Dintleman reflected the mood of the music with a redolent, theatrical lightshow that drew on a collection of over 45 Chauvet Professional fixtures from the venue’s house rig as well as ten Nexus panels rented from Arch City AV.
“I wanted things to have this emotional power, with very dramatic highs and lows, using as little front light as possible, with the exception of specials,” explained Dintleman. “Since the album is called Draw Down The Moon, I added a moon gobo with my Ovation ellipsoidal for the backdrop. Overall, I just wanted to match the wide dynamics of the record and bring Foxing’s live show to a whole new level.”
Back, key and side lighting were critical to Dintleman’s plans to realise this vision for his lightshow. “I’m grateful to Foxing for giving me creative freedom,” he said. “Before I had any plans for this show, I knew I wanted tons of backlight and key light to set the desired mood. I used lots of hard saturated blues, red, and purples with accents of white. The dark monochromatic looks helped the white burst punch even harder; and the choruses, I used with multiple colours to make them look even bigger.
“The side lighting really wound up being the foundation of the rig,” continued Dintleman. “I supplemented most of my front light with side light, sometimes only using one side to get sharp shadows on the artists. They were in ev

 
tokyoMartin Audio meets horn recital challenge
Thursday, 25 November 2021

Japan - A classic concert took place recently at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Concert Hall, featuring Nobuaki Fukukawa. One of the world's most active horn players, he is also principal player in the NHK Symphony Orchestra and a major name in the orchestral world.
At this recent recital, Mr. Fukukawa had the clear desire to emulate his recordings from King Records and play the songs on it in the form of an eight-horn ensemble, by overdubbing himself.
Mr. Fukukawa and King Records consulted with Koichi Ishimaru, sound master at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, and he suggested “treating the loudspeakers as musical instruments”. His idea was that Mr. Fukukawa should perform live on stage to create the one part while the seven remaining parts should be played back one by one through the surround speakers, with the recorded source created in Pro Tools.
However, this was no easy task. The system had to be able to reproduce the accurate horn tone and unique localisation with natural sound. To solve this challenge, Mr. Ishimaru selected Martin Audio LE100.
He explains, “I was particular about coaxial speakers because they can accurately express the sound source of musical instruments. I was convinced it was going to be successful.”
Mr. Fukukawa stood in the centre of the stage surrounded by seven chairs, each of which supported an LE100, arranged facing in different directions.
“The bell of the horn is usually facing backwards when being played and so instead of pointing the speaker directly to the audience seats, I tried a similar

 
 
plugfestPlugFest 2022 set for three days in France in March
Thursday, 25 November 2021

France - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability, returns to Lille in France from 29-31 March 2022 following a two-year hiatus. Organised by PLASA, the popular event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across Europe to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
PlugFest is an opportunity for participants to collectively test and demonstrate device and system interoperability with the aim of improving reliability, resolving compatibility issues and ultimately improving connectivity between all entertainment lighting and related technologies.
The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) will host a series of workshops and technical break-out sessions and will also provide individual support and guidance. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a wide array of protocols and technical standards, including the ESTA TSC developments.
The 2020 edition of the event sold out well in advance, with leading manufacturers such as GLP, Luminex, Highlite International, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, ChamSys, ETC, Chauvet and Eaton. Those interested in attending in 2022 are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.
PlugFest takes place in the city of Lille, France which is directly connected to London with the Eurostar and all major European cities via a mainline train station. Furthermore, attendees can take advantage of specially discounted rooms in the hotel that PlugFest takes place in

 
ibcIBC 2021 cancelled due to COVID
Wednesday, 24 November 2021

The Netherlands - This year’s in-person edition of the broadcast and electronic media industry tradeshow IBC has been cancelled. The event was set to go ahead on 3-6 December at RAI Amsterdam, but a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands has forced the organisers to change their plans.
The decision was made following visitor and exhibitor feedback and with the view to prevent people from travelling to the country in these uncertain ttimes. Instead of the in-person event, the organisers are set to use IBC’s online platform IBC Digital to bring the community together.
Peter White, CEO of the international trade association for broadcast and media technology (IABM), comments: “IBC exists for the industry only. Unlike other events, it is entirely owned by the industry and, thanks to its success over the years, has contributed a great deal through this structure to keeping the broadcast and media sector vibrant and moving forward; there is no substitute for the good work it enables or the sense of community it engenders. It is therefore particularly important that we all get behind IBC now to ensure it can bring back a fantastic show in 2022 and beyond.”

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Hard Times - One third of musicians were still earning nothing after restrictions on live events were lifted this summer, according to UK charity Help Musicians. The music industry is one of the last sectors to recover from the pandemic, it said, with 83% of professional musicians unable to find regular work. The findings are based on a survey of 929 musicians in August. Almost nine in 10 were earning less than £1,000 per month, and 22% were considering giving up music altogether.
Restrictions on live music were removed in England and Wales in July, and Scotland in August, after Covid had kept the live music industry shut for most of the pandemic. Help Musicians said it had seen a 60% increase in people getting in contact for mental health support, with one in eight saying they were experiencing a mental health problem that was preventing them from returning to work.
During the pandemic, the charity distributed £18m to 19,000 struggling musicians. "We recognise that for some musicians, it will take a long time to rebuild and the team at Help Musicians will continue to be available to those musicians who find themselves in real crisis over the months ahead," chief executive James Ainscough said.
Award Categories - Dua Lipa and J Hus will go down in history as the last stars to win best female and male at the Brit Awards. That's because, from next year, the two categories will be combined into a single prize for best British artist, organisers have said. Artists like Sam Smith and Will Young had previously called for the change, saying the cu

 
danley-mcfaddenMcFadden Sales becomes Danley partner
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - Ohio-based McFadden Sales is now the Midwest representative for Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, subwoofers and amplifiers.
“Danley has a great reputation in providing high-quality audio in large venues,” says Andy Kerr, principal of operations for McFadden Sales. “Danley’s product line fits well with our sensibilities in the marketplace and among the other products we represent. Danley Sound Labs provides a technology niche we needed in our portfolio of products and is a great solution for big distributed audio and larger venues we serve.”
“We’re always excited to bring on new partners,” said Mike Hedden, chief steward in charge at Danley Sound Labs. “The McFadden Sales team is well known throughout our industry and we’re excited about the future of this relationship.”
As a Danley partner, McFadden Sales now represents Danley Sound Labs in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
About the new partnership, Kerr notes: “We’ve already received positive feedback regarding this new partnership and we’re excited about the future.”

 
 
rigging-conference-small-logoNew World Rigging Symposium remains virtual
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

USA - The 2022 New World Rigging Symposium, produced by ESTA and USITT, will take place online 5-7 April 2022 whilst the USITT Conference and Stage Expo will take place in person early March. “We’ve heard from presenters and attendees alike that continuing the NWRS conversation virtually is the best choice,” say the organisers.
“The 2022 virtual symposium will allow the widest range of entertainment technicians to further their rigging knowledge, hear about challenging projects, get up to speed on new technologies, discuss current industry challenges, and get their questions answered by a host of subject matter experts.”
The three-day symposium will also include breakout rooms where attendees can get in-depth information from sponsors as well as virtual networking opportunities with attendees and presenters. The symposium will carry ETCP education renewal credits for re-certification. Registration will open in December and the cost will be $99. For information on sponsorship opportunities contact riggingsymposium@esta.org.

 
peta-jacobi2Drury Lane dedicates fly tower to Alan Jacobi
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

UK - The new fly tower at Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been dedicated to Unusual Rigging founder, Alan Jacobi, LVO (read Rob Halliday's report on the theatre's two-year refurbishment in LSi November 2021). Jacobi passed away in April 2020 and due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, a funeral was restricted to immediate family only.
But last Monday, in the company of 500 friends, family, colleagues and industry peers, Jacobi’s life was celebrated on the stage of the restored Theatre Royal with tributes from those who knew him during his early years, through to royalty and his closest friends and family members who were with him in his final days.
The plaque, unveiled by Jacobi’s wife, Peta, during a livestream from the fly tower at Monday’s event, reads: ‘The refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane Fly Tower was completed in 2020. Dedicated to the memory of ‘AJ’ Alan Jacobi LVO, Managing Director of Unusual Rigging Ltd. AJ’s determination, vision and passion for theatre is embodied in this fly tower and his legacy is clear to see for future generations of large scale productions to grace this magnificent stage’.
The celebration concluded with a performance of Jacobi’s favourite West End musical hits from Dynamic Vocals followed by an elaborate Abba Medley from drag collective - The Globe Girls.
Jacobi’s son Tom Harper who has succeeded him as managing direc

 
 
ayrton-logo-20-years-01Ayrton celebrates 20th anniversary
Monday, 22 November 2021

Europe - This month sees LED lighting solutions manufacturer Ayrton celebrate its 20th anniversary.
“When Ayrton was created, we didn't know at the time, but we were going to revolutionize the world of lighting with a totally disruptive concept, digital lighting,” says Ayrton founder, Yvan Péard. “Over the past 20 years we have created more than 70 extraordinary digital luminaires that are as innovative as they are effective. We are very proud of our achievements and the way we continue to lead the way, pushing technology and design to the limits. This year we are celebrating 20 years of passion, creation and design; 20 years of working with the world's greatest lighting designers, who have placed their trust in us to make the tools they want to use; 20 years of innovation to bring the wildest projects to life.”
Péard first brought Ayrton to life in 2001, naming his company after the Brazilian racing driver, Ayrton Senna, whom he admired for his brilliance, ingenuity and drive in the pursuit of perfection.
The company has become a respected industry player, delivering technical innovations and original ideas in creative effects lighting and classical lighting fixtures through to the company’s first IP65-rated fixtures.
The company’s initial reputation for unique effects lighting accelerated in 2013 with the advent of MagicPanel 602 - the first-born in the Creative Solutions family - a modular LED luminaire equipped with continuous unlimited rotation in pan and tilt, and a unique square face that could deliver a broad range of visu

 
spotrackSpotrack appoints Apex North American distributor
Monday, 22 November 2021

USA - Spotrack has appointed Apex Technologies as its exclusive North American distributor.
Liam Feeney, CEO of Spotrack, explains: “When you take into account the far-reaching knowledge and experience of the Apex team, it’s easy to understand why we are so excited by the prospect of working with them in the United States. The North American market already has a highly distinguished Spotrack client base, and there is huge demand for our products into other market verticals. We are confident that we have found the perfect partner to help release the full potential of Spotrack for the benefit of the US entertainment production community.”
Bill Morris, general manager at Apex Technologies, adds: “Spotrack has developed some incredible technologies for follow-spot control that we haven’t seen here in the American market. The ability to interface with fixtures and controllers from various manufacturers, as well as the multiple modes of steering really set it apart from the other options. The potential for increased utilization of existing rental inventory is a big benefit, especially in these times of supply shortages. We’re proud to bring these products to market over here and look forward to helping establish Spotrack as the industry standard.”
Visitors to this year’s LDI conference and tradeshow in Las Vegas can explore Spotrack’s products by stopping by stand 2745, where Apex Technologies team-members are also present.

 
 
orchestraSpain waives visas for UK touring artists
Thursday, 18 November 2021

Spain - Artists touring to Spain will no longer need visas for short-term engagements in a dramatic change to the current onerous rules. The change follows months of work from LIVE and the Association for British Orchestras (ABO), working alongside Spanish counterparts Asociación Promotores Musicales.
The development represents a significant boost for the sector which has, as a result of Brexit and the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, seen European touring become more expensive, more complicated, and more difficult to execute.
Visas have been a significant issue for Spain which, despite representing the fifth largest live music market in the world, posed the most costly and complicated visa application process across the bloc for artists looking to travel for short-term work.
Until now, artists and their promoters have had to make applications for short-term visas entirely in Spanish, provide a host of itinerary details before having even been given the green light for the tour to go ahead - including accommodation and flight allocations - and give proof of applicant earnings of up to nearly £1,000 before ever having left the country. Costs were also prohibitive, amounting to over £10,000 for an orchestra to visit Spain for up to five days.
Touring artists and their production teams were also required to wait for over a month for a decision, making long term scheduling – vital for successful international touring - impossible.
The development comes following months of dedicated work from LIVE, ABO and their Spanish counterpart APM

 
jamie-gaskins-former-md-of-matrix-uk-solutions-is-now-director-of-events-at-anna-valleyAnna Valley group restructures
Wednesday, 17 November 2021

UK - AV and entertainment technology company Anna Valley has announced a restructure of the corporate group, changes to the leadership team, and the appointment of new staff in key positions.
The restructure will see subsidiary company Matrix UK Solutions become part of Anna Valley and the creation of new senior roles, including that of commercial director and director of events.
Anna Valley board member, Nick Hart, has taken on the position of commercial director and will assume responsibility for sales across both the event and venue markets, whilst Matrix UK Solutions MD Jamie Gaskins (pictured) has been made director of events at Anna Valley. Matrix was acquired by Anna Valley in 2018 but has continued to operate as a separate business within the group under Gaskin’s leadership until now. Anna Valley’s Robin Evans and Matrix’s Ben O'Shea will now both report to Gaskins as director of accounts and director of projects respectively.
The company has also made two key appointments, hiring Nigel Stanton into the newly created position of business development manager and Tom Lord as head of projects. Both Stanton and Lord - who have already started in their new roles - bring with them extensive experience of working both at events agencies and technical suppliers, which will give them unique insight into Anna Valley’s client base.
Serving in high-level technical and operational roles for 30 years, Stanton has staged and managed events in numerous sectors. His previous employers include live events agency TBA and MON Associates and, mos

 
 
outlineOutline announces EMEA sales partnership with WMA
Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Italy - Outline has announced a new strategic sales partnership with World Marketing Associates (WMA). With offices in the UK, France and Russia, WMA will be Outline's sales representatives for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
WMA’s Julian Young comments: “WMA are excited to be working with Outline. Over the years we have followed them and been extremely impressed with the groundbreaking technologies they have introduced.
“We will provide support and advice to the Outline distribution network as the world gradually reopens following the COVID pandemic, offering help to the distributors with their sales and marketing programmes. WMA will be an additional member of the Outline team, helping to grow and strengthen the business and relationships with the office in Flero.”
Outline CEO Giorgio Biffi remarks: “Our product range is the most comprehensive it has ever been, covering everything from discreet installations through portable systems, dedicated cinema and stadium designs, our large-scale touring line-array products and much else. Our Newton processor has literally changed the way many professionals work in numerous projects and the pace of our continued innovation and growth continues.
“Having WMA’s expertise across our EMEA markets will extend Outline’s reach across numerous market sectors by actively assisting our established- distribution network and forging new relationships. It’s a very exciting time for both companies.”

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Safety Concerns - COVID-19 safety concerns are preventing a significant proportion of previously frequent arts attenders from returning to cultural venues, newly released research has suggested.
Among audiences that have not yet returned to in-person performance, less than a third have booked tickets to a cultural event in future, underlining the crucial importance of COVID safety reassurance from venues, according to the joint research by the Insights Alliance, made up of consultancies Indigo, Baker Richards and One Further. The organisations have urged theatres to continue to employing safety measures such as mask wearing and COVID status certification, arguing that failing to do so is “counterproductive”.
Over a six-week period in September and October they surveyed nearly 11,000 people, who were frequent arts attenders before the pandemic. Of those surveyed, 45% have not yet returned to any cultural venue, while a third of all respondents have not yet made a future booking. Researchers noted that the survey was circulated by cultural organisations to audiences who had not yet returned to their venue since the pandemic to gain insight into the reasons why, and is therefore not representative of audiences overall.
Big Weekend - Coventry will host Radio 1's Big Weekend in 2022, three years after the last live Big Weekend festival. It will take place 27-29 May at the War Memorial Park. More than 70,000 fans are expected over the three-day event, and acts are expected to be announced soon. Coventry is the UK city of culture for 2021

 
 
logo-largeHireHop opens offices in Australia & SA
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

UK - HireHop, the company behind the cloud equipment rental software of the same name, has opened agent offices in Australia and South Africa.
Due to the ever-increasing number of HireHop users in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, it was felt as a necessity for HireHop to better serve their users by opening local offices to provide support, implementation and training, says the company.
Since its release, HireHop has grown in popularity, with not just large rental companies moving to HireHop, but also smaller ones, as HireHop also offers a free for life version, designed for small start-ups to help them grow their business.
HireHop was originally launched in 2016 in the UK to offer “future proof, powerful and affordable equipment rental software to hire companies all over the world”, and in that short space of time, it has attracted numerous large and small companies to its user base.

 
sonus4614Optocore appoints Lithuanian distributor
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Lithuania - Optocore has appointed Sonus Exsertus as its new Lithuanian distributor.
Founded in 2013, Sonus had approached the German fibre network specialists when they were looking for new solutions regarding signal distribution. “We immediately saw the potential in this partner, since fibre, in our opinion, is the future of signal distribution,” said head of business development, Ramūnas Alenskas.
With many premier global sound and lighting brands in its distribution portfolio, SONUS is a total stage technology supplier, with a customer base covering theatres, cultural houses, concert halls, conference centres, and many other applications throughout Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia.
The addition of Optocore to its portfolio was an obvious next step. “We could see the unlimited possibilities in transferring any signal from point A to any other point required,” continued Alenskas. “In the near future Optocore interfaces, which we will use in our installations, will speak for themselves, and customers will be able to see at first hand the endless possibilities.”
Already they have some prestigious venues lined up, as Ramūnas Alenskas confirms. “We have installations at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (with four halls), Druskininkai Cultural Centre (with three) and a few other lined up with Optocore signal distribution solutions.
To underline its faith in the brand, SONUS exsertus has already made a significant opening investment in Optocore drive racks, with demo systems comprising: Festival box petit; AutoRou

 
 
jasonbwFoundry Lighting expands into Dubai
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

UAE - Lighting design consultants Foundry has confirmed confirm the expansion of its business to Dubai, building on the success of its London-based operations.
Due to a significant increase in demand for projects in the Middle East, Foundry now has a permanent Dubai presence to service the local community.
Jason Perks has been appointed by Foundry as the new director of the Dubai studio. He will be responsible for leading projects in the Middle East and other international regions, as well as being part of the strategic team to further develop and grow Foundry.
Perks comments: “Having previously lived in Dubai, leading major international brands throughout the gulf region and beyond. I am delighted to be returning to Dubai and growing Foundry’s presence in the Middle East.”
Foundry’s director Neale Smith adds: “We are delighted to have expanded our business with the opening of the Dubai studio and the appointment of Jason. Jason and I have worked together in different guises for over 15 years, so it is amazing that he is now a part of the Foundry team.
“It is an exciting time for Foundry as we are experiencing outstanding levels of growth. We are looking forward to what the future holds, and our new Dubai studio puts us in a strong position to provide an even better service to projects in the middle east.
“Our mission is to deliver projects with passion, precision and purpose - not to mention enjoying the collaborative journey and having some fun along the way. We are thrilled to be starting our journey in Dubai

 
queens-awardMartin Audio presented with Queen’s Award
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

UK - Back in April this year, Martin Audio was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays.
Upon the announcement, Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, had eagerly acknowledged the prestige of winning, fittingly during the company’s 50th year. He also revealed that Wavefront Precision arrays had become the company’s fastest ever selling line array format suitable for both installation and live sound applications.
Six months later Martin Audio was formally presented with the award, at a special reception held at their High Wycombe HQ, by Countess Howe, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Also in attendance were Councillor Zahir Mohammed, chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, as well as Phil Dudderidge, executive chairman and founder of Martin Audio parent company, Focusrite - and all the staff of Martin Audio.
After a brief demonstration of Wavefront Precision, Dom Harter introduced Countess Howe, who started by congratulating the company on its achievement. She noted that there were 205 award winners across the UK and only 48 in the innovation category, including two from High Wycombe. “Buckinghamshire clearly is the entrepreneurial heart of the UK,” she stated.
“In order to receive this award under the Innovation category you have needed to demonstrate that innovation is critical to the growth of your company, and that you have invested in development with the right risk balanced portfolio. Your research into what the market needs has been crucial to building

 
 
laapac3L-Acoustics opens Singapore office, names APAC CEO
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Singapore - L-Acoustics has appointed industry veteran Timothy Zhou as CEO of L-Acoustics Asia Pacific. The company will this month also inaugurate a new regional office in Singapore.
In addition to the creation of a new APAC hub, Zhou will also manage a growing team that is dedicated to serving local partners as well as building awareness of the brand’s innovative technologies in key vertical markets, including those in residential and architectural applications.
To accompany Zhou in his mission, L-Acoustics has named two key team members to director roles. Alvin Koh has been named director of application project, APAC supporting clients and projects across the region while David Cooper takes on the director of sales, APAC role and will relocate to Singapore to provide elevated support to clients.
“In the coming years, we aim to serve customers and partners in the region more efficiently,” says Zhou. “We want to strengthen ties with our current network of partners in APAC, with the ultimate goal of becoming a hub that is an ideal base of support.”
The new regional office is located just a few kilometres away from Singapore’s central business district, close to local partners in the nearby Lavender and Kallang areas, but also centrally located for partners and clients across Southeast Asia, where demand for L-Acoustics products is strong and growing.
“We have established markets and seen remarkable brand growth in China, Korea, and Japan. Today, Southeast Asia represents one of the most dynamic regions of the world for L-A

 
ayrtonMain Light adds Ayrton Perseo Profiles
Monday, 15 November 2021

USA - Main Light, which has been providing dry hire lighting rentals to the entertainment industry since 1981, has purchased a substantial inventory of Ayrton Perseo Profiles from ACT Entertainment, the exclusive distributor of Ayrton fixtures in North America.
Perseo Profile is the first compact multi-function luminaire with an IP65 enclosure rating developed by Ayrton for intensive outdoor use. Perseo’s sleek, minimalist design in lighter-weight, die-cast aluminium is equally useful for indoor applications. Its rich feature set includes framing shutters, 18 interchangeable HD glass gobos on two wheels and a continuous dynamic effects wheel. A subtractive CMY colour mixing system combines with a variable CTO and a wheel with six complementary colours to produce an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours.
“We have been working with Main Light for many years, and it’s very exciting to have them come on board with Ayrton, the industry leader in the development of moving lights,” says Doug Mekanik, director of sales at ACT Entertainment. “We’re happy to support their new purchases as Main Light significantly grows their rental inventory.”
Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, which has offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Las Vegas, says: “We wanted to expand our IP fixture offerings, and ACT introduced us to Ayrton Perseo. Their feature set, light weight and framing shutters made them very attractive.”
He sees customers renting Perseo for corporate shows, music events and live production, both outdoors a

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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