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sonySony Electronics expands DWX series
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - Sony Electronics’ DWX series wireless mics and transmitters is expanding with the introduction of a new digital wireless plug-on transmitter, the DWT-P30, which will replace the current DWT-P01N.
Suitable for studio, electronic newsgathering (ENG) and location sound, the new transmitter complements Sony’s DWX series slot-in receiver and bodypack transmitters to create an all-inclusive digital wireless microphone system, for camcorder use including UniSlot and on location recording.
New features include: 375kHz spacing high-density simultaneous multi-channel operation and wideband tuning at a maximum of 148MHz, high sound quality with CODEC MODE4, selectable RF outpower power (2mW/ 10mW / 25mW) and long battery life of approximately six hours.

kasabianQuantum launches next Kasabian chapter
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Rock band Kasabian has enjoyed a 25-year career that includes a busy touring roster and seven studio albums. With guitarist Serge Pizzorno now full-time lead vocalist and new album The Alchemist’s Euphoria written and released, the band has embarked on a new chapter, underlined by a comprehensive European and UK arena tour.
As it has before, Kasabian’s audio production is relying on DiGiCo, its next generation Quantum technology allowing the audio team to easily navigating the dynamics of Serge’s new role and take advantage of the advanced processing suite for automating monitor console duties and eliminating outboard.
Supplied by Britannia Row, long-term DiGiCo users, FOH engineer, Rob Waite, and monitor engineer, Jamie Hickey, specified their consoles of choice; the compact Quantum 338 at FOH and a Quantum 5 for monitors, with two accompanying SD Racks.
“I joined the team at the start of 2022 and was really pleased to discover I could specify whatever I wanted,” says Rob Waite. “I’ve been a DiGiCo user for a very long time, starting with the D Series and following a natural progression through the SD Series, and now with the new Quantum range. I trust DiGiCo. Regardless of genre, the brand always helps me fulfil the artists’ vision and get the sound they want.”
The tour started in May, opening with a Jools Holland TV appearance, followed by a series of global festivals, an autumn European run, and finished with a UK arena tour.
“I know DiGiCo consoles inside out,” says Waite. “The Quantum 338 is a new model, but

home-stage-b-1Doughty pulls back the curtains at film studios
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - London Film Studios is one of the newest studios available for hire in the London area. Based in Enfield, the facility has four stages available for productions to use. When Scenic Supplies Plus were contracted to provide the blackout curtains for all the studios, they turned to Doughty Engineering for curtain track.
Richard McKitty, sales director, Scenic Supplies Plus commented: “We knew immediately, based on the spec of the job, that Doughty was the right company to manufacture the track we needed. We needed to kit out all the studios – the smallest being just over 2000sq ft and the largest over 5000sq.ft so it was quite a task.”
Work started in Studio B as studio A was already in constant use. This is a dedicated green screen studio so Scenic Supplies Plus was tasked with installing a U-shaped track to feature 2 sets of curtains – one side black and 1 side chroma key Green. For ease of use when changing from black to green, metal snap hooks were used for speed.
Studio C a slightly larger studio, required another U shape track; blackout curtains were installed to help with noise reduction and privacy – essential when shooting in studios.
Richard continued: “We used all Doughty track items – master runners, twin hooks, SixTrack, straights, curves and end stops as well as some of Doughty’s universal clamps. We were fortunate that for this project, all items were off-the-shelf rather than bespoke which made things slightly easier.”
Richard admits that Scenic Supplies Plus was thrown a curve ball by the team at Lon

eawworld-stage-lighting-5EAW ADAPTive PA reinforces Smash Mouth
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

USA - World Stage Lighting co-owners Dwight Wood and Devin Sunderland have been providing concert audiences in the Pacific Northwest with sonic experiences for decades. The company was given the opportunity to create a next-level experience for a recent performance by rock band Smash Mouth at Seven Feathers Casino Resort and provided a custom PA featuring the Anna and Otto ADAPTive system from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
Industry veterans and long-time users of EAW equipment, Wood and Sunderland were immediately impressed when the company introduced its new Anna ADAPTive PA system. “When we first heard Anna and saw what it could do for us and our client’s events, we were blown away,” says Sunderland. “The timing was right, so we seized the opportunity to purchase products from EAW’s ADAPTive line. It’s an amazing system.”
The duo purchased 16 Anna three-way full-range ADAPTive array modules and eight Otto ADAPTive subwoofers to give the system a matched low end. They also added, from their extensive EAW inventory, eight EAW MW12 stage monitors and four EAW RL15 Redline two-way powered speakers to their rig for the Smash Mouth performance. The system has received rave reviews from both touring engineers and audiences in the almost 20 shows it has been deployed.
The new EAW system was put to the test for Seven Feathers Casino Resorts’ annual outdoor concert. “This year’s outdoor show was really special to us,” adds Sunderland. “In addition to the sound, we were also asked to provide a turnkey, full production product includin

robbie-williamsRobbie Williams celebrates XXV with Brit Row
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - Robbie Williams’ 22/23 tour is in support of his latest album, XXV, which sees 25 years of hits re-worked and orchestrated by the Metropole Orkest.
Brit Row were once again able to deliver consistent quality across equipment and crew for the British pop star. “Brit Row are absolutely fantastic,” FOH engineer Joe Harling, enthuses. “These are difficult times, but we’ve received everything we’ve asked for and a team of professional crew at the top of their game. I couldn’t be happier.”
To cover the full spectrum of the show's journey through the last two and a half decades, Harling needed a versatile and robust console from Brit Row’s extensive inventory.
“I’m using a DiGiCo Quantum 7 console, which is on an Optocore loop with the monitor console, also a Quantum 7, and all our stage infrastructure. With so much going on and with having to accommodate shows augmented with live orchestras, it’s really the only console that can handle it all.”
Harling is a long-time DiGiCo user, comfortable with its feature set and sound. “I don’t use plugins,” he says. “But I do have a fairly large rack of analogue outboard gear on a second Optocore loop at FOH. This includes units from Kush Audio, Empirical Labs, Rupert Neve Designs, API, Bricasti, OTO Machines and more.”
Given that the XXV tour is the first Williams has delivered to his eager fans in some years, the audio crew were tasked with delivering an emotionally impactful, celebratory, and often heartfelt sonic experience, with real depth, dynamic,

latin-grammysrosaliapress-releasee-newslettersocialLatin Grammys put faith in Shure Axient Digital
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

USA - The 2022 Latin Grammys celebrated the best artists in Latin music on 17 November. Broadcast live from the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, the sound team trusted Shure Axient Digital to ensure music and Latin voices were the brightest stars of the night.
The evening reunited the biggest Latin artists of 2022. Attendees and viewers enjoyed quality audio thanks to 32 channels of the Shure Axient Digital Wireless System and 48 channels of PSM 1000 in-ear monitoring system. Latin music fans cheered their idols in an exciting ceremony that elevated Rosalia and Jorge Drexler as the biggest winners. Both artists relied on Shure: Rosalia performed on a KSM9HS, while Jorge selected a tailored white KSM9 with an ADX2 handheld transmitter.
The 23rd Latin Grammys started with a group performance as a tribute to Mexican singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, who was awarded Persona del Año by the Latin Academy of Music. Artists on stage for the memorable act included Luis Fonsi, Gente De Zona, Sin Bandera, Carin Leon, and Aymee Nuviola, who all used the Shure SM58. Noel performed with a KSM8 capsule, and Thalia amplified her voice with the KSM11 Wireless Cardioid Capsule.
John Legend, the band Chiquis, Nicky Jam, and Marco Antonio Solís also trusted the KSM11 Wireless Microphone Capsule. The capsule was developed to provide the most transparent, natural, and high-clarity sound without the use of additional processing, enabling the artists’ voices to shine on stage. Likewise, Romeo Santos got everyone dancing with his golden KSM11.

tv-studioAndolite acquired by 10 out of 10 Productions
Wednesday, 7 December 2022

UK - 10 out of 10 Productions has announced its acquisition of lighting and sound systems manufacturer, Andolite.
Andolite will continue to operate as an independent company as part of 10 out of 10 Productions, offering its full range of manufactured products to the marketplace.
Founded over twenty years ago, Andolite provides installers in the entertainment industry with cost-effective and robust manufactured lighting products. Following on from its struggle to overcome the pressures of the COVID pandemic, 10 out of 10 productions will work alongside the Andolite team to transform the business by improving its current product range, increasing innovations for new developments, and taking its offering into new untapped markets.
"We are delighted to have Andolite join the 10 out of 10 Productions cohort,” says Paul Need, director, 10 out of 10 Productions. “I'm looking forward to helping the Andolite team bring a new sense of life into the business. With already new and exciting products in development, we're excited to see where these next few months will take us. "
Clare Collister will remain as Andolites business manager and will play a crucial part in helping Paul Need, Director at 10 out of 10 productions accelerate new product developments.
“After a long association with 10 out of 10 Productions, it’s incredibly exciting to be a part of this significant new chapter in the company’s history,” says Collister. “I’m delighted to continue my role at Andolite and to lead our team of highly talented specialists as we t

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Royal Engagement - Robbie Williams will headline the first large-scale live music event to be held at the Sandringham royal estate. The pop star will be joined by several special guests at the outdoor concert in Norfolk on 26 August. Giles Cooper, from Heritage Live, said: "It will be the most magical concert in the most amazing surroundings that'll live in our memories forever." While the royal estate has played host to a number of events, including the mile-long Luminate Sandringham outdoor trail this Christmas, the concert will be the first time it has held a live-music event of this scale, organisers said. Pre-sale tickets to see the former Take That singer are due to go on sale on Thursday, with general sale starting on Friday.
Atlantic Crossing - Irish rock band U2's music has been described as a "bridge between Ireland and America" by United States President Joe Biden. He made the remarks at a White House reception ahead of the Kennedy Center Honours on Sunday, which saw the band awarded one of America's most prestigious cultural awards.
The annual event recognises five stars from across music, screen and stage for their significant contribution to American culture. The 2022 recipients also included actor George Clooney, singer Gladys Knight, singer-songwriter Amy Grant and composer Tania León. During the event, President Biden described the United States and Ireland as friends, linked in memory and imagination. He said the members of U2 were inheritors of the Irish tradition of poetry and protest and had a belief in the dignity of a

boras0011-amerliabordahlBorås Stadsteater invests in TiMax SoundHub
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Sweden - Borås Stadsteater took the opportunity whilst undergoing a building renovation to simultaneously break down barriers to the most effective audio presence for its audiences. The venue reinvested in a new loudspeaker system spatialised by a Dante-equipped TiMax SoundHub spatial audio engine complete with a TiMax Tracker performer stagetracking system.
A flexible audio system was of paramount importance to the 500-capacity, municipality-run theatre. Though spoken dramatic productions are predominant, with classic productions and new writing having an equal footing, productions at the Stadsteater cater to the requirements of the public and range from modern circus to musicals, and ballet to pop concerts.
Borås Stadsteater’s head of sound, Tobias Walka specified all elements of the audio installation including the TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker. He explained, “We looked at the market and based on the system’s benefits, TiMax seemed like the best option for us. Also, being closely located to Folkteatern in Gothenburg, we benefit from their long-held knowledge and experience of TiMax, knowing that should the need arise, they could advise us.”
The intimate theatre opted for an unconventional speaker set up, with Alcons Audio LR7s forming the main hangs of an LCR configuration, supported by four 18-inch flown subs. On stage Alcons RR12s are positioned as upstage fills and side-fill. Fourteen Alcons point source speakers provide the surround element of the localized audio and Walka explains, “The immersive experience for the audience wh

riot-gamesCT APAC uses Brompton for Riot Games’ events
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Singapore - Creative Technology APAC has recently added Tessera S8 LED processors to its existing Brompton Technology inventory. These have already been deployed on two high profile, internationally broadcast esports events hosted by Riot Games.
“Brompton Technology has always been thought of highly in the industry, and with in-camera productions growing rapidly in the last couple of years, it made complete sense to capitalise on the opportunity and invest in Tessera LED processors,” says Juay Minghee, operations director at CT Singapore. “Brompton’s presence in the APAC region and the company’s pro-active engagement with our team in Singapore has already been beneficial.
“Brompton’s industry-renowned 24/7 customer support also gave us confidence in our investment. We know there will always be someone from Brompton’s team available to answer our questions should we need their support.”
CT chose Tessera S8 LED processors for the flexibility of Brompton’s Tessera feature set and easy-to-use software. Powering ROE Visual’s DM2, 2.6mm pixel pitch LED panels, the Tessera S8 deliver exceptional contrast, brightness, and ultra-realistic visual experience.
“For League of Legends: Mid-Season Invitational in Busan, South Korea, we deployed a system that uses over 300 ROE Visual DM2.6 panels together with three Tessera S8s in various configurations such as nine sets of window-like design, each measuring 1m wide by 2.5m high, and a breakout design overhanging the players and measuring approximately 8m wide by 4m high,” Minghee e

digicoSerbia’s Chameleon Rental chooses Quantum
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Serbia - Chameleon Rental is well-known in Serbia thanks to the knowledge, dedication and rich experience its team has gained during over two decades of business. It is recognised as a company that continuously strives for technical innovation, one that pays particular attention to ensuring its inventory comprises a winning combination of high-quality manufacturing, reliability and functionality.
Before the 2022 summer season started, Chameleon decided to improve its audio production capabilities by adding a new digital audio console, choosing a DiGiCo Quantum 225 as its latest acquisition.
“We have used DiGICo consoles for many years and already have SD9s in our inventory,” says Chameleon’s Ivan Krsev. “They have served us very well, so adding the Quantum 225 was logical. We really like small format console of the console, the high-resolution touchscreen and it offers all the Quantum features plus new design features and enhancements in a, which made it an ideal addition for us.
“It’s intuitive to work with and the fact that we can use of a laptop, KLANG:kontroller or an additional screen for moving through the KLANG:app, control and movement of faders, monitoring, etc, is a huge advantage, as are Mustard Processing, Nodal Processing, Spice Rack and True Solo.”
Along with the Quantum 225, Chameleon purchased an MQ-Rack with 48 microphone inputs and 24 analogue outputs, with dual MADI ports allowing rack sharing at 48kHz between any two SD Range or Quantum consoles.
The Quantum 225 proved to be a good solution for the event

hamiltonHH TNA line array reinforces NZ/DC in Hamilton
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

New Zealand - Hamilton Workingmen’s Club boasts a membership over 7,000 and has an enviable range of facilities. As a community hub offering a wide range of activities, the Club is renowned for presenting high quality live entertainment at weekends, attracting a variety of original artists and top tribute bands.
The Club’s substantial main room, which can accommodate around 250 guests, recently hosted New Zealand’s number one AC/DC tribute band, NZ/DC, for a gig that saw local audio rental specialists Liquid Sound supply an HH TNA line array sound system for the show.
Launched earlier this year, the TNA line array was designed for a wide range of small to medium sized applications and is based around the TNA-2120SA, a multi-channel active subwoofer with integrated Class D amplifier which features two high power 12” low frequency woofers with exceptionally high output, and the TNA1800SA a powerful single 18” active low frequency subwoofer.
With three channels of high performance amplification, the TNA-2120SA houses six built-in DSP pre-sets and as part of a modular system can power up to six satellite TNA-2051 passive, two-way compact line array loudspeakers, offering an ideal solution that does away with the extra expense of rack amplifiers and processors.
For the NZ/DC gig, Liquid Sound used a full ground-stacked system of one TNA-2120SA, one TNA-1800SA and six TNA-2051 units per side. For a busy hire company like Liquid Sound, the TNA line array provides a high-powered, robust solution that is quick to set up and take down accordin

portodrumshow2022rb30047ruibandeirafotograf-9900000000079e3cMartin WPS in action for Porto Drum Show
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Portugal - The ever-popular Porto Drum Show recently relocated to the impressive Alfândega do Porto for its fourth edition. Having successfully supported the event previously, Martin Audio’s Portuguese distributor, Sons Do Marques were back in action, featuring a Wavefront Precision (WPS) PA for the main demonstration space.
The event brings together a collection of world class drummers for one evening, including Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Dave Weckl Band), Gergő Borlai (Al di Meola, Frank Gambale, Bob Mintzer), Derrick Mackenzie (Jamiroquai), Miguel Lamas (Dany Martin, Carlos Rivera) and Mike Terrana (Axel Rudie Pell, Tony Macalpine, Ywngie Malmsteen). All featured in the drum clinic on the demo stage throughout the course of the evening.
The show itself is split across three spaces of equal size: one for demonstrating drum brands, one for artist drummers’ shows, and one exclusively for Portuguese artists.
The main stage was equipped with six WPS PA elements on each side of the stage, run in the optimum one-box resolution by Martin Audio iKON iK42 amplifiers, complemented by a pair of SXH218 subwoofers. The drummers were able to monitor their sound through a pair of Martin Audio’s flagship, high-output XE500 stage wedges.
Martin Audio had been specified by promoter and show director, Hugo Danin, and after last year’s success with Martin Audio’s WPM he had no hesitation in returning to Sons Do Marques, who this year supplied the larger system. Stated company owner, Rogério Lopes, “We saw this as the perfect opportunity

audio-technicamalagauniversity5A-T SmartMixers enable flexible teaching
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Spain - More than 100 Audio-Technica ATDM-0604a SmartMixers were recently installed in several faculties at the University of Malaga, as part of a major project to allow the delivery of remote teaching alongside classroom attendance.
A large number of rooms were equipped with a total of 129 digital automatic mixers to ensure the University is able to engage in the “bimodal teaching” approach, and to meet contingency plans for situations where face-to-face activity is impossible in the future.
Malaga-based AV integrator Geniux has an established reputation in the educational market and was responsible for the entire project, which saw 38 ATDM-0604a SmartMixers installed in the Faculty of Psychology, 19 in the Faculty of Medicine, 23 in the Faculty of Law, 11 in the Faculty of Architecture and 38 in the Social Studies and Commerce Complex (CESC).
In addition to the ATDM-0604a mixers, the equipment in each of the classrooms includes a wide variety of audiovisual media, webcams and extensive connectivity to allow the development of teaching modalities. The ATDM-0604a was chosen as the ideal solution to reliably handle the complexity and flexibility requirements across the various faculties.
The ATDM-0604a offers six balanced inputs with switchable 48V phantom power, low-cut filter, phase inversion and four-band EQ. Input gain can be adjusted for each mic input and attenuation can be adjusted for the line inputs. Its selectable acoustic echo cancellation system applies to all balanced inputs, and there is also an unbalanced stereo input.

reba5photocreditmichael-ares-photographyMavericks light Reba McEntire arena tour
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

USA - The colourful, richly textured 3D set created by the team at Lüz Studio casts a powerful spell on audiences at country star Reba McEntire’s current arena tour.
The production design does more than provide an attractive backdrop for the beloved star’s performance, using artificial Intelligence and other tools, it creates an immersive environment that she lives in during her 100-minute set. At times, the setting seems so real that it looks as if the performance is taking place “inside” an actual structure instead of on a stage.
Critical to making this look work is the position of the set’s big video screen in relation to the stage, the band and the artist herself, according to Lüz Studio’s Matthieu Larivée, the tour’s lead designer. “Positioning the lighting rig in this set-up is very important,” he explained. “When the lighting truss structures are too far away from the screen, the screen looks like an actual screen, which is not what we want. Our aim is to use the riser and lights in a way that loses the edge of the screen -- that’s when something special happens. Sometimes content creators are lighting their assets with soft boxes. The stage should not be lit this way if you want 3D to work. You need to create shade, drama and then match it to the stage lights.
“David Rondeau who’s been at Luz for 15 years and helped me choose fixtures and check angles, has been instrumental on this tour,” he said. “I’m also grateful to Pierre-Luc Bedard our programmer, and Andy Knighton our LD plus many more.”

robe-ninja-warriors-israel-nin082007149Robe keeps up with Israel’s Ninja Warriors
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Israel - The fifth season of Ninja Warrior Israel, the popular endurance sport competition TV series, was recorded on the waterfront of the atmospheric Haifa port industrial setting, overlooked by giant cranes and massive container ships unloading at the adjacent docks.
All the action – as competitors negotiated a series of increasingly difficult obstacles against each other and the clock – was filmed overnight due to the extreme heat, and lit by lighting designer/director Ofer Jacobi working in close collaboration with director Oren Levi.
The site was a 20,000sq.m outdoor arena-like space, so Ofer needed powerful moving lights and chose Robe products to help light vital elements of the show.
The Robes included 14 x BMFL Blades, 30 x Spiider LED wash beams, 23 x Pointes and 12 x LEDBeam 150s, supplied rental company Argaman Systems Ltd., along with approximately 1,500 or so other fixtures on the rig.
14 substantial constructions/games were designed and built by the Ninja Warriors international team ATS. The concept originally started as a Japanese video game in 1994 then became a popular reality TV show Sasuke, which was the inspiration for the first US American Ninja Warrior (ANW) in 2009, with the UK version starting in 2015. It is now a worldwide phenomenon!
The games/obstacles, which consume several kilometres of trussing, change each season, with one constant factor across the whole Ninja Warrior franchise and that is Mount Midoriyama, a punishing final challenge that contestants must conquer to win the large cash

claypakyviennaopera6Vienna State Opera upgrades with Claypaky
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Austria - In a transition to the newest generation of LED moving light fixtures, The Vienna State Opera has replaced its Claypaky HMI luminaires with Claypaky Arolla Profile MPs. While small in stature, the Arolla Profile MP delivers powerful light output with its 470 W white LED engine (at over 22,000 lumens output) and boasts a feature set typically seen in a much larger, more expensive fixture.
“We have invested a lot in LED technology in recent years. Almost all the backlights on stage are LED types now, and we also use a lot of LED for the proscenium,” says Rudolf Fischer, head of lighting at the Vienna State Opera. “In total, we replaced 19 lights in the proscenium and stage area.”
The famed Vienna State Opera is a 1,709-seat Renaissance Revival landmark located on the city’s Ring Road. It was inaugurated as the Vienna Court Opera by Emperor Franz Josef and took its current name in 1921. It is one of the busiest opera houses in the world producing 50-60 operas in a repertory system every year and ten ballet productions with more than 350 performances.
Fischer says that Claypaky was very helpful with the transition from HMI spotlights to LEDs, “handling the main effort of redoing every position to replace our aging Claypaky fixtures one-for-one. The computer did a very good job afterwards; that was a great relief for us. We had to do a bit of work on the zoom, focus, colors and framing, but that was manageable.”
Fischer cites several reasons for selecting Arolla Profile MPs for the opera house. “The white light is really n

amptec-distribution-beneluxDirectOut appoints Amptec distributor for BeNeLux
Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Europe - German Pro Audio manufacturer DirectOut Technologies has announced Amptec as their new distributor for BeNeLux. The Belgian company will be offering the DirectOut product portfolio to the entire territory.
With their diverse product portfolio and their team of highly skilled engineers, Amptec offers the opportunity to introduce DirectOut’s products to a new group of clients in a market where the brand of the manufacturer has been well-established for the last decade.
DirectOut will be represented by Amptec’s Jasper Willems: “We’re looking forward to integrating DirectOut products into the solutions we provide in the broadcast, recording and live market. The fully modular design permits us to provide complete audio solutions, simplifying our installations tremendously.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business development manager at DirectOut, adds: "Since our very first chat, we immediately had the impression that Amptec was the right partner for us in BeNeLux. They have a solid history and relation with the broadcast portion of the market, which is also the strongest one for DirectOut in this territory.
“At the same time, they are a well-established distributor in the live and installation market, and that’s the area where our brand is quickly developing worldwide thanks to the Prodigy series. With Amptec’s experience and our current and future range of products we will be able to offer highly professional audio solutions to the entire BeNeLux market."

20221021212254-sugababes-sml--carolina-faruoloAyrton Domino hits the sweet spot for Sugababes One Touch tour
Monday, 5 December 2022

UK - One of Britain’s most successful girl groups, the Sugababes, embarked on their first tour in 20 years this autumn with their original line up performing a 17-date tour of UK and Ireland. Award-winning show designer Ed Warren chose 24 Ayrton Domino Profile fixtures as his main source of key light and mood lighting for the tour.
“This is not my first time using Ayrton - I’ve loved what they’ve been doing for many years now,” says Warren. “For the tour I wanted an LED fixture that was powerful, with a clear, crisp beam, solid colours and reliability. The Domino has all of that!”
Warren sited the Domino Profile fixtures in sets of eight, on the upstage deck and on each of the upstage and downstage trusses.
“The downstage eight were primarily used as our main source of key light, the rest for setting various moods, backlighting the performers, hitting the mirrorball etc.,” he says. “I created some nice gobo effects for a few songs, and there were some simple looks where the Dominos were backspotting the three performers from above which was really powerful as a stripped back moment.
“The design was based around banks of line fixtures which were very bright and powerful. I needed a spotlight that could hold its own against them…which Domino did!”
The Domino Profile fixtures proved their worth on tour in terms of versatility and reliability too, as lighting crew chief, Neil Smith explains: “With the mixture of UK venues we played ranging from 2000-capacity academies to arenas, we were able to fit the Dominos in

plasa-agmPLASA members hear from DIT and CBI at AGM
Monday, 5 December 2022

PLASA recently hosted its AGM, complete with Christmas drinks and canapes, at the Victory Services Club in London on Wednesday 30 November, bringing members together from across the industry for a festive get-together.
Official proceedings began with PLASA Chair Adam Blaxill giving an overview of the association’s recent achievements and future plans, followed by Treasurer Mark Surtees for a recap of the figures detailed in the latest annual report.
The event continued to be lively and productive, with keynote talks from Richard Parry from the Department for International Trade, Lewis Keller from the CBI, and renowned behavioural economist Roger Martin-Fagg.
Parry gave recent examples of what the DIT has been doing to support the live sector, including the ongoing partnership between PLASA and LDI trade show in Las Vegas. He also urged people to get in touch before his retirement next year, so that he can help implement future initiatives.
Lewis Keller gave a comprehensive presentation, explaining how the CBI is working closely with both parties of the UK Government to promote growth and stability. He also addressed the ongoing complexities of Brexit and answered several questions from the audience.
Roger Martin-Fagg then delivered a full keynote talk, diving deep into his economic forecast for the year ahead, and how he made his calculations – from global inflation and money supply to the unique challenges facing the UK in recent years. He also unpacked issues regarding the housing market and employment.
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nine-ball-championship1Chauvet creates vibes at US Open Pool finals
Monday, 5 December 2022

USA - The owner of Live Wire Productions, Mike Cristella was at Harrah’s Resort, Atlantic City, this October to light Matchroom’s US Open 9-Ball Pool Championship, the world’s most prestigious pool tournament, which was televised on the Sky Sport, DAZN and A&E networks.
Cristella and his team (Andy DiAngelis, Jeff Gallagher, Dan Ryan, Andrew Driscoll, Rob Zauck, and Janice Brittin) made a demanding situation look easy, not only creating a supportive environment for players, but also evoking classic poolhall images for TV viewers.
Helping them accomplish this feat was a 4Wall Entertainment supplied rig that featured Chauvet Professional COLORado 2 Solo and STRIKE Array 2 fixtures.
“When lighting a pool tournament, we’re always looking to land a certain shadow in the right place or get pleasing fill light values on a face,” said Cristella. “This can be a real challenge when the playability of the match is so important since you have to be very careful not to distract the players.
“Intensity is also part of this dance,” he continued. “We have to give the broadcast engineers the foot-candles that they need for TV, but at the same time, it’s absolutely essential that we keep the players comfortable under large broadcast fixtures. Then, of course, we also want to have interesting visuals in the perimeter of the room so we can set an evocative tone when the camera pans out.”
To meet these challenges, the Live Wire Productions team relied on ultra-diffused sources of light directly above the broadcast site to illumin

robert-plant--alison-krausscmt-crossroads4Elation KL Fresnel gets retro for Plant and Krauss
Monday, 5 December 2022

USA - Lighting designer Tom Kenny recently used Elation Professional’s KL Fresnel 8 LED wash light to support the retro set of a special CMT Crossroads performance by Robert Plant & Alison Krauss. Kenny had seen the warm-white LED Fresnel luminaire on the duo’s summer tour and realised it would fit in ideally with the show’s vintage look.
CMT Crossroads is a television programme broadcast on CMT that pairs country music artists with musicians from other music genres. The programme, which debuted in 2002 and is celebrating its 20th Anniversary, has helped spawn many successful collaborations including that of Plant and Krauss.
The British singer-songwriter and American bluegrass-country singer have enjoyed success as a duo since collaborating on 2007’s Grammy-award-winning Raising Sand album followed by their first CMT Crossroads special in 2008. The pair toured together this past summer in support of their second album Raise the Roof and returned to Nashville for their second CMT Crossroads show, which aired on 29 November.
When full-service event production company DCR Nashville was looking for retro-looking lighting for Plant and Krauss’s summer tour, they chose Elation’s KL Fresnel 8 as part of the visual package. “When putting the tour together they were looking at a theatre-like setup but then you have to deal with dimmer racks,” stated DCR president Paul Owen, who says they went to Elation and looked at the KL Fresnel line of LED fixtures.
“That made things a lot easier and they

vljamestown-riverwalk1Vari-Lite Neo drives lights on Jamestown Riverwalk
Monday, 5 December 2022

USA - Jamestown New York’s Riverwalk Illumination Project officially opened in November as part of a $10m city rejuvenation programme. The system highlights city landmarks including the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities coal silo, the Washington Street Bridge piers and abutments, and the Main Street Bridge arches over the Chadakoin River.
All these structures are now alive with a range of colourful lighting scenes, with the entire system driven by a Neo Playback Controller paired with a Vision.Net system from Vari-Lite.
The coal silo is illuminated by a top and bottom ring of lighting fixtures and the bridges have custom-designed poles supporting more than 50 flood lights. To achieve the looks, the Vari-Lite-designed control rack communicates intensity and colour information to custom designed remote DMX distribution hardware using a fibre network, with the Neo and Vision.Net controls located in the Jamestown BPU IT room. Remote cabinets are also positioned at each of the three highlighted landmarks.
Bobby Harrell, Vari-Lite sales and applications specialist at Signify, supported the project from the outset, working with Michael J. Piraino Jr., control division manager, Lightspec, to specify a lighting control solution for the ambitious initiative.
“Any time a project like this in design development phase comes to me, my first questions are: does it need an astronomical time clock? Do you need remote access to it? Do you need dynamic control? Do you need to be able to do colour effects and intensity effects? And once those boxes get che

slipknotL-Acoustics ties up Slipknot’s Knotfest Roadshow
Monday, 5 December 2022

USA - Slipknot are known for some of the most intense live shows on some of the biggest stages on the planet. The Grammy Award-winning, and multi-platinum-selling group has spent much of the past two years on their ongoing Knotfest Roadshow, which recently wrapped up its third post-pandemic tour sweep of North America.
Sound reinforcement provider Eighth Day Sound, a Clair Global company, has been supplying the tour legs with a robust K Series loudspeaker package from L-Acoustics.
Wrangling the PA for the group are FOH engineer Bob Strakele and system engineer Brian Sankus, who have been deploying ever-evolving loudspeaker setups as the band has moved from sheds to arenas and then back to sheds. “At the beginning of 2022, we were going from amphitheatres into arenas, so on each side, we flew 14 K1 over four K2 for mains, 12 K1-SB subs, and 12 K2 for out-fills,” Sankus describes.
“In order to adapt and be quick for the rolling stage, we did six carts of three KS28 subs, in cardioid, with an A10 Focus on the top of each for front-fill. This was able to stay strapped together, use the least amount of cable, and be struck at ease. We also had six A15 Wide for auxiliary-fills.”
For the most recent leg, which returned to the sheds, Strakele and Sankus opted to rely solely on K2 for mains instead of the more traditional K1. “On this latest run, we carried a total of 56 K2 and 20 K1-SB, plus our normal 18 KS28, six A10 Focus, and four A15 Wide,” he continues. “To save truck space, we circuited out hangs as three and stuck to 18 LA12X amp


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