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akgquincy-jones-receives-awardAKG honours Quincy Jones with lifetime award
Thursday, 14 November 2019

USA - Producers, musicians, DJs and music industry professionals came together at the Capitol Studios in Hollywood earlier this week to honour producer Quincy Jones with an AKG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Held in Capitol’s historic A and B studios, guests were treated to a performance by Quincy Jones protégé and multi-Grammy award winner, Jacob Collier, along with a variety of immersive experiences that celebrated the microphone and headphone brand’s iconic past while showcasing its rich future. The evening culminated with host and broadcast journalist Nic Harcourt presenting Quincy Jones the AKG Lifetime Achievement Award, for Quincy’s contribution to music since the early 1950s.
“For almost seven decades in this business as a musician, composer, arranger, conductor and producer, I have always gone for the music that gives me goosebumps. And whether it was Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra, the Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson, the artists who contributed to the recordings of We Are The World, right up until today, without fail that music was delivered through AKG audio products,” said Quincy Jones.
“As you celebrate your 70th anniversary, I have no doubt in my mind that AKG will continue to be an essential part of the music recording and listening experience for many, many more decades to come.”
“Throughout his legendary career, Quincy Jones has created some of the most iconic records in the history of the recording industry and we are honored to present him with a Lifetime Achi

rcf-latamRCF re-organises LATAM distribution
Thursday, 14 November 2019

Columbia - RCF has appointed the newly-created RCF LATAM as its distributor for Central America, Colombia and the Caribbean.
The company has strong roots in the professional audio industry, boasting more than 20 years’ experience.
Although RCF LATAM’s main office is located in Miami, collaboration with new commercial partners in Colombia will now ensure full availability of inventory.
RCF LATAM director, Jose M. Gonzalez, comments: “Our company is fully committed to the distribution and positioning of RCF as a leading brand within the designated markets. The owners of RCF LATAM have successfully distributed the RCF brand for several years, and their aim is to develop the brand in the weakest markets and support its presence generally in Latin America.”
RCF export sales manager, Luca Agazzi adds: “We wanted a new company focused 100% on RCF, that comprised experienced audio industry professionals.”
He confirmed the enduring relationship with RCF LATAM’s Frank Peruyera (via Tropical Music and All Music) and Jannios Jiminez (via Italian based Art Music Group). Jose Manuel Gonzalez has also been in the business for many years, he said, representing both RCF (during his time at All Music) and other premium audio brands.
“This move makes the business neater and more systematic,” continues Agazzi. “Colombia has always been influenced by trade coming from the US, so gathering the business in one company will ensure improved control and stability in the area.”
The new company marked its debut at InfoComm Colom

 
 
rcfarenafig03RCF gets naming rights for ourdoor arena
Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Italy - RCF has been announced as the main sponsor of a 100,000-seat outdoor venue - the RCF Arena.
The arena, stated to open on 12 September 2020, will be the largest in Italy once completed. It is being built in an area called Campovolo, just outside the manufacturer’s hometown of Reggio Emilia, and will feature a permanent installation of RCF’s TT + audio system plus 10 delay towers.
Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group, comments: “RCF was born in 1949 in Reggio Emilia. From here we brought the excellence of Italian sound throughout the globe and today we are among the major players in the market.
“Giving our name to RCF Arena is a source of pride for us, but also a mission and a commitment. We have a strong bond with this region, and we intend to treat it in the best possible way. With this wonderful project, we will bring our innovation and technology to our back yard, in Reggio Emilia.”
"RCF audio systems have amplified the music of national and international artists in every corner of the globe, and in some wonderful arenas," continues Vicari. "The RCF sound is based on the expertise and reliability of a company made up of people and passion. We have just turned 70 and we still want to play.”
RCF Arena, designed by a project team featuring Iotti + Pavarani Architetti, Arch.Guido Tassoni and Lauro Sachetti Associati, will allow for a capacity of 10,000 to 100,000 people. A raked audience floor will be created to ensure optimal visibility and acoustics, whilst the stage will be placed in the lower part of the arena in a cen

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

On The Campaign Trail - Actors and theatre staff are being urged to make sure they have made arrangements to vote in next month’s election amid warnings that those working away from home on Christmas shows could be disenfranchised.
Matt Hood, Equity’s assistant general secretary, described the election date as “inconvenient for many”, adding: “For our members, many of whom will be working away from home on tour, in panto or filming, it runs the real risk of them losing their right to vote.”
Thomas Hescott, chief executive of Stage Directors UK, comments: “November and December is an extremely busy time of the year for our members, many of whom are working away from home on Christmas shows. The short notice means many of our members are already away working and so have little opportunity to organise postal ballots. We are concerned that our members will struggle to be able to vote in such an important election.”
Safety First - Theatre staff working at the Piccadilly Theatre on the night its ceiling collapsed have been praised for their “quick and professional actions”. Industry body the Society of London Theatre said front-of-house staff and emergency services handled the situation quickly and safely. “We were immensely impressed with the quick and professional actions of staff and emergency services at the Piccadilly Theatre. More than 1,000 theatregoers were safely and calmly evacuated from the theatre by well-trained staff, who have been commended by many people attending the performance,” it said in a statement.

 
 
ACT Lighting to distribute Luxibel
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

USA - ACT Lighting is now the exclusive North America distributor of Luxibel.
Luxibel is the professional lighting brand by AED Group, which also offers the truss series Expo Tools, which are suitable for the exhibition market but may also be used by rental and staging companies.
"Luxibel's well-designed, high-quality, reliable, and high-value products are an ideal addition to the brands ACT distributes exclusively in North America," says ACT Lighting CEO Ben Saltzman. "We are excited to bring Luxibel's product line to the attention of our customers and will be introducing them to the wide array of tools that are available."
Damon Crisp, international sales manager for Luxibel, adds: "ACT Lighting is well known for its unmatched service and stellar market reputation and represents the world's top brands. Luxibel is honoured to join the ACT association and this select product roster. We look forward to our new North American customer partners discovering Luxibel solutions for their AV and exhibition needs."
Luxibel will join the extensive ACT Lighting village at LDI ion stand 1251 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 22-24 November. ACT Lighting also represents Ayrton, MA Lighting, Robert Juliat, MDG, AC Power, ChainMaster, Reel EFX, and Tour-Plex Data-Sure.
(Jim Evans)

 
sixty82Sixty82 focus on Germany
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Europe - Sixty82 has opened a new office in Drachten, The Netherlands, to exclusively service the German market.
“The start of Sixty82 German Division is a reaction to the expanding needs of the live events industry for rapid delivery times of first-rate products and a service that is second to none,” comments Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82. “With the German division, we believe that we can ensure our customers are provided with expert technical support from experienced people. Therefore we hired specialists Michael Kempe and Christian Schoof to provide extra service and attention to the German market.”
Sixty82 has also appointed Germany’s as its official competence centre and premium reseller. This partnership will “ensure high availability of Sixty82 products all over the country, while simultaneously providing strong support and after-sales service”.
“The name Sixty82 stands for innovation and vision like no other manufacturer of trussing,“ says CEO of Cast, Heinz Siller. “For decades, we have known the founders of this company. From the beginning, we have been in an amicable business, and together we have walked a great distance. Our collaboration led to the development of new products, unified in the passion for trussing and constructions. I truly believe that Sixty82 is a perfect fit for us.”
“This is the perfect time for Sixty82, and we are happy and excited to launch our activities in Germany together with Cast,” comments Michael Kempe, sales engineer of Sixty82 German division. “I am looking forward to get

 
 
etc-dubai-1ETC Dubai - The Studio opens with celebration
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UAE - ETC celebrated the opening of ETC Dubai - The Studio with a launch event at the new premises in Dubai Media City. The site, which features a black box space for product demonstrations and an area for console training sessions, welcomed industry professionals from across the globe to the inaugural event.
Attendees met with product specialists from ETC and High End Systems and received demonstrations of the newest innovations including High End Systems’ new automated fixtures SolaWash 1000 and TurboRay.
The latest member of the Sola Series, the SolaWash 1000 features a full framing system and is available with either an Ultra-Bright or High CRI engine. Alongside this was TurboRay, the distinctive fixture creates dynamic effects from its animation and gobo wheels and can be used as a powerful hard edge beam or narrow-angle washlight.
Visitors to the opening were also shown Augment3d in the space’s black box area. The award-winning 3D programming environment which is part of the Eos v3.0 software is designed to increase programming speed and dramatically improves workflow.
In addition to providing a base for product demonstrations The Studio will host regular training sessions in the region. ETC’s Eos and High End Systems’ Hog 4 console sessions are currently available for registration with more courses planned in the new year.
“We are thrilled to have ETC Dubai up and running with a space that specifically offers specialist product demonstrations, training sessions and a black box area. It is the only space in the region to

 
kv2Backstage Academy partners with KV2 Audio
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - Live event production educational facility Backstage Academy has signed a new partnership agreement with professional loudspeaker manufacturer KV2 Audio.
KV2 Audio, whose R&D and manufacturing base is in the Czech Republic, has worked informally with the academic institution, based at Production Park in Wakefield, for the past two years, providing equipment for student-led events on an ad hoc basis and presenting seminars.
“These seminars are always well received,” says Tom Weldon, who is in charge of UK sales. “We have an exclusively point source approach to loudspeaker design and are proud to be able to present this approach to the technicians of the future. We strongly believe this is the best way to reproduce the original source, and in a market that is dominated by alternative designs it’s important that students are exposed to all options. We try not to blind people with the technology side, but instead encourage them to really use their ears and from that starting point, it’s surprising how quickly they begin to understand our philosophy and approach.”
In their engagement with the Academy, KV2 has provided a ‘tool kit’ of products, enabling students to create a six-way monitor mix via the passive ESM26 and ESM12 alongside a portable plug and play FOH system with the active EX series, offering complete reconfigurability that can be set-up by individual students quickly and easily.
In sharing close geographical proximity to Wakefield - KV2’s UK headquarters are in Harrogate - the other benefit of partnering wit

 
 
eclipse-psav-webPSAV acquires eclipse
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UAE - PSAV has announced the acquisition of eclipse, the AV and live event production and venue company operating in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.
Eclipse, founded in 2003 by Mark Brown, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of PSAV and will continue to operate under the eclipse brand name. eclipse CEO Simon Ransom and his senior team will remain in place and continue to execute on their growth plans, now in partnership with PSAV. Ransom will assume leadership of PSAV UAE operations, and work with Nik Rudge, PSAV’s managing director, international, and his team.
“Eclipse is an exciting addition to the PSAV group of companies due to its extensive in-house venues and event production expertise, and strong alignment to our purpose and mission,” comments Rudge. “I am delighted about what this means for PSAV, and more importantly our customers, as we continue to focus on more ways to create amazing event experiences in locations throughout the GCC.”
“The entire eclipse family is eager to be joining forces with PSAV and establishing more impactful ways of serving our collective customer base,” said Ransom.
(Jim Evans)

 
plasa-industry-research-2019Industry marks steady growth - PLASA research
Tuesday, 12 November 2019

UK - The market value of the UK entertainment technology industry has grown by an estimated 5% in the past 12 months, according to PLASA research.
This puts the industry’s value at £1.36bn in 2018/19, up from £1.30bn in 2017/18. The sectors with the largest growth include architecture, broadcast and corporate events, which are valued at £250m, £220m and £160m respectively.
Only a third of the businesses surveyed expect the industry to grow in 2019/20 however, the main concern being how and when the UK will exit the European Union.
The full report, which follows on from PLASA’s comprehensive industry research released in 2018, details sector by sector performance, investment in marketing and R&D, and the future outlook for the industry.
“We are delighted to offer this important resource,” comments PLASA managing director, Peter Heath. “It provides vital insight for business planning, budgeting and benchmarking performance - I encourage all businesses to download the full report.”
He adds: “Whilst it’s great to see that the industry has performed so well over the last year, we are clearly looking towards a period of uncertainty as Brexit looms over the sector. PLASA will continue to support our members to the fullest extent that we can.”
The 2019 PLASA industry research report is available to download free of charge to PLASA members or £500+VAT for non-members. For more information, visit <

 
 
graduation-29Graduation day at Backstage Academy
Friday, 8 November 2019

UK - Wakefield’s cathedral staged the official ceremony for 74 Backstage Academy (BA) students who graduated recently.
Students had their various production degrees conferred by Dr. Sue Duncan, assistant Vice chancellor and registrar, University of Bolton (with whom Backstage Academy is partnered).
They were also honoured by their various course leaders as they prepared to leave academia and enter the production world. Johnny Goodwin (Live Events Production), Graham Thorne (Live Visual Design & Production) and Claire Porter (Stage & Production Management) in turn accoladed their respective students as they filed up to the stage.
As Goodwin put it, “It’s always a great occasion to meet the families. They shake your hand and thank you for the guidance once they can see there is a job at the end of it, and that [students] are not simply running away to the circus.” And many have already found full-time employment within the industry.
The Ceremony also saw Backstage Academy’s first Honorary Fellowship conferred on Ash Nehru, co-founder of Disguise (formerly d3 Technologies) one of Backstage Academy’s enduring industry partners. Nehru was awarded the inaugural fellowship in recognition of his inspirational work and dedication to innovating the field of visual design and technology integration.
“We are delighted that 75% graduated with a first or 2:1. Our partnership with BA provides unique opportunities and conversion rates are high,” stated Dr. Duncan in her address. “Backstage Academy has earned a reputation as a

 
music-support-logopreviewIndustry backs mental health initiative
Friday, 8 November 2019

UK - Music industry charity Music Support has partnered with 10 companies and organisations to train industry professionals in mental health first aid (MHFA).
The drive has been prompted by an in-house initiative led by the charity in 2018, when it invested in MHFA training for its own staff and volunteers.
Music Support will work with The Event Safety Shop (TESS), a live event production safety service; industry charities Help Musicians and The BRIT Trust - the charitable arm of BPI; PLASA; The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF); Production Park; Backstage Academy; PSA and its benevolent fund, Stage Hand; and Thrive: Mental Wellbeing - an NHS-endorsed app designed to help people combat stress.
Matt Thomas, Music Support’s co-founder and chair of trustees, comments: “MHFA training is becoming a priority for businesses across many industries and sectors, both nationally and internationally. We’ve received a lot of support and encouragement from partners about the prospect of Music Support delivering training, and MHFA England [the only provider of licensed mental health first aid instructor training in England] is currently campaigning for the Government to put mental and physical health on an even footing. This is gaining traction from politicians and is likely to become an area of statutory responsibility for employers in the future. Now is the time for our industry to get in ahead of the curve.”
He adds: “Ultimately, we’d like this initiative to be an industry-wide adoption of good practice which will significantly imp

 
 
prolightsProlights appoints distributor for Switzerland
Thursday, 7 November 2019

Switzerland - Prolights has announced the appointment of Plusmusic AG as its distributor for Switzerland with immediate effect.
Plusmusic takes over in the Swiss market which historically has been served directly from the Prolights Italian HQ, inheriting a network of users, who will benefit from the distributor’s local sales and demo stock, and qualified technical support team.
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights says, “Plusmusic is a natural match to carry on the Prolights brand in the Swiss market. They share the same passion of our team when it comes to lighting technologies, and having full access to the market in its various segments and as well providing a high class customer service, we are very sure they will be a great asset for our swiss partners.”
Gianluca Trevisan, sales manager of Plusmusic, adds, “We are excited to join the Prolights family, which today represents one of the best stories of success in the professional lighting industry. The product range effectively represents what our customers have been asking us for a long time. The impressive logistic backup and at the neighbouring Italian headquarters, including the large showroom areas, will help us to support our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
sfl-yamaha-trainingSFL puts focus on education
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

UK - Audio visual production supplier SFL is running a series of courses, inviting anyone working in the audio industry to attend.
These include a Yamaha Networked Audio Systems workshop, DiGiCo SD consoles training, Midas PRO Series consoles training day, and an Introduction to Live Audio For Church.
Harvey Appleton, SFL project manager who is also one of the course teachers, comments: “We believe that education is vital and running these courses is a great way for SFL to share its knowledge with the industry and we find it extremely rewarding. This is why we have developed a range of courses that focus around the equipment we use most frequently and subjects, such as live audio for churches, where which we know can be challenging, particularly for those that don’t have years of experience.”
The Yamaha workshop is an opportunity to get hands-on with the latest Yamaha equipment, covering a broad set of important industry skills, from networking and Dante to console operation and integration with a variety of Dante products, whilst the DiGiCo SD and Midas training provide an introduction for sound engineers and system technicians wanting to get up to speed on the equipment.
The Introduction to Live Audio for Church course is suitable for beginners as well as for experienced engineers who want to brush up on their skills and plug knowledge gaps. It is also designed for volunteer church tech operators, ministers or church staff who may occasionally have to operate audio equipment, as well as musicians or worship leaders se

 
 
lightpartnerleftstigmeyerjensenrightjohankvartborgAllen & Heath appoints Danish distributor
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Denmark - Allen & Heath has named Light Partner as its exclusive distributor for Denmark.
The new distribution partnership is active with immediate effect.
Allen & Heath’s EMEA sales manager, Fred Cresson, comments: “Allen & Heath has a strong, loyal following in Denmark, particularly in live sound and installation. We are therefore delighted to be working with Light Partner to continue providing first-class support to our Danish customers, and to explore the opportunities to keep developing the brand.”
Stig Meyer Jensen, Light Partner’s CEO, adds: “With the new Avantis adding to an already unbeatable line-up of consoles, Allen & Heath is the mixer brand everybody is talking about right now. We’re proud to be appointed to distribute A&H in Denmark and we’ve invested in a highly experienced team to deliver the outstanding backup that our customers deserve.”
(Jim Evans)

 
brillant-tait-1-1024x537TAIT acquires Brilliant Stages
Wednesday, 6 November 2019

UK - TAIT has acquired Wakefield-based Brilliant Stages to create “an even more competitive platform capable of deploying a truly global suite of live event technology and solutions”.
The leadership and staff at both companies is expected to remain the same. It is unclear if Brilliant will continue to exist as a separate brand, but TAIT has stated that “the combined management teams see the value of building a global brand.” All existing projects will continue as scheduled and all points of contact will remain the same.
Ben Brooks, managing director of Brilliant, comments: “We have built the brand brick-by-brick with an equal focus on spectacle, design, employees, and customers. That is what makes being part of TAIT a perfect match, culturally we are 100% aligned.”
Adam Davis, chief creative officer at TAIT, adds: “This really is a perfect cultural match. We are excited to share with Brilliant our technology, assets, and lessons learned over our 40 years in the live event business. We found a true partner in Brilliant and share a deep belief in delivering excellence to our customers and their fans.”
Since 1978, TAIT has been a premier global provider of advanced creative, engineering, and automation services to the live entertainment industry. TAIT’s diverse group of clients and markets include Princess Cruises, Fortnite World Cup, Disney, Dubai Expo 2020 and the Olympics. At the core of its services is TAIT Navigator, a proprietary automation and show control platform that maximizes the client’s creative vision.
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The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Major Revamp - The Brit Awards have announced a major revamp for 2020, with fewer awards and an end to fan votes. Organisers promise "more music" as a result, with artists being given full creative control of their performances. Prizes like Best British Video and Best International Group have been cut, while the outstanding contribution award has been retired for 2020. Despite press reports earlier this year, gendered awards will remain part of the ceremony.
The changes come after several years of falling ratings. This year's ceremony, which saw performances from Pink, Dua Lipa and George Ezra, was watched by 4.1m people, down 400,000 from 2018.
This year, all awards will be decided by a 1,200-strong "official voting academy", made up of “experts” from all areas of the music industry. Brits chairman David Joseph explained the changes, saying: "We will be putting creativity, British culture and exceptional performances at the heart of the show to make Brits night a world class celebration.”
MTV EMAs - BTS won three categories at this year's MTV Europe Music Awards held on 3 November in Seville. The K-pop seven-piece won in the best group, best live and biggest fans categories. Flying the flag for the UK were Little Mix (Best UK & Ireland Act), Liam Gallagher (Rock Icon) and FKA Twigs (Best Alternative). Ariana Grande and Lil Nas X came away empty-handed, despite starting the night with seven and six nominations respectively. Niall Horan, Halsey and Mabel were among the performers, while US singer Becky G hosted. Liam Gallagher closed

 
unusual-rigging-sixty82Sixty82 continues global expansion
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

UAE - Sixty82 has appointed Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC as its exclusive representative in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia, for its full trussing and staging product range. Unusual Rigging will exercise supervision on a broad scope of possibilities, advising customers on the best Sixty82 solution for their specific needs.
Unusual Rigging is a highly experienced provider of rigging and stage engineering solutions, working around the globe, principally in the entertainment, special event, exhibition and presentation industries. In 2009 Unusual Rigging & Engineering LLC opened for business. Unusual Rigging’s specialist teams boast a wide range of disciplines, and all are passionate about what they do. “At Sixty82, we share this passion for the industry,” comments Fokko Smeding, CEO of Sixty82. “We therefore believe that Unusual Rigging & Engineering is a perfect fit to meet the needs of our ever-expanding customer base.”
Sixty82’s sales and marketing manager, Rainier Smeding, continues: “We are extremely excited to be working with a team that has this kind of knowledge and expertise, supported by an unrivalled track record. With these dynamic and experienced people, we can focus on next-generation structures, based on the highest knowledge and working skills, as well as safety regulations.”
Denis Bramhall, managing partner at Unusual Rigging LLC, comments: “We are delighted to take on the role of distributor for Sixty82 in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. By adding their products

 
 
audacRadio Matériel to distribute Audac
Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Switzerland - Audac has appointed Radio Matériel as the exclusive distributor of its audio solutions in Switzerland. Radio Matériel will be handling sales, distribution and service of the complete Audac product line-up from their offices in Renens near Lausanne.
Radio-Matériel SA is a wholesaler specialised in the import and distribution of audiovisual products in both installed as live environments. The company has a long history that dates back to the year 1932.
Radio Matériel CEO Christian Cornaz looks towards the partnership. “Audac impressed us with their innovative product range, therefore we are delighted to be adding their products into our catalogue. Together with Audac, we will be able to meet the needs and requirements of our customers even more.”
Audac’s international sales director, Marc Asselberghs adds: “We at Audac are always looking for ways to innovate and grow further as a business, as well as being in close proximity to where our customers are. Our partnership with Radio Matériel that has such a great historical presence in their region is a great example of that. We have a lot of faith in the quality of their service and we are positive that this will be a fruitful collaboration.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ayrton-khamsin-fixtures-starlite-warehouse-webStarlite invests in Ayrton Khamsin fixtures
Monday, 4 November 2019

USA - New Jersey-based Starlite has purchased a complement of Ayrton Khamsin-S, Ayrton's latest compact profile fixture. Starlite has one of the largest inventories of AV, lighting and control equipment on the East Coast and services the broadcast, concert touring, corporate, performing arts and educational markets.
The fixture is the first Ayrton product that Starlite has purchased. “ACT Lighting (Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for in North America) demo’d the whole Ayrton line for us, and we evaluated the Khamsins in our shop for our rental inventory and use on our own productions,” comments president and CEO, Dean Danowitz.
“There was a fair amount of debate internally regarding which profile fixture we should invest in next,” notes Jason Danowitz, vice president of event technology. “Ultimately, we chose the Khamsin-S because it checked so many boxes for our touring and staging clients, including an 8:1 zoom (7o to 58o), 40,000-lumen output, CMY colour mixing plus fixed colours, variable CTO, two frosts, two rotating gobo wheels, prisms, an animation wheel, rotatable framing shutters and an iris. In addition, they’re flicker-free, which is essential for our clients with broadcast applications.”
The fixtures were dispatched on a broadcast project as soon as Starlite took delivery of them. “The minute they hit our docks, they were booked for a major televised awards show,” says Starlite’s rental manager, Matt Strickland. “The Khamsins will work for so many applications that they will never be here - which is ultimately m

 
 
claypakyprotec1Protec makes major Xtylos purchase
Monday, 4 November 2019

UAE - Technical and staging solutions provider Protec has become the first company to order Claypaky’s new laser-source moving head Xtylos. Protec inked a deal to receive 350 units of the fixture and became the first AV equipment supplier in the Middle East to take delivery of Xtylos in September. The company has also added 48 of Claypaky Sharpy Plus fixtures to its inventory.
“We are very excited that Protec was the first in our world sales network to place the order at Prolight + Sound 2019 in Frankfurt where we launched Xtylos,” says Egor Popovski for Claypaky in the Middle East. “Protec is also the first in the Middle East to receive the shipment of these fixtures and has become the largest stockist of Xtylos in the Middle East region.”
Aaron Russ, head of Protec’s lighting department, adds: “Protec is always investing in the latest technologies, and Xtylos is the next innovation in lighting technology. Xtylos is more efficient from an energy point of view, but its real selling point is how its laser-sourced engine reproduces colour with such intensity and definition. We believe this offers something unique on the market and introduces a whole new world of creative lighting solutions for our clients.
He continues: “The Xtylos’s energy efficiency has a green appeal, which is something the events industry needs to continue to make improvements on, but the main attraction here is the fixture’s ability to maintain colour intensity and vivid brightness over a long distance compared to its predecessors and other market options. Xty

 
pflql3PFL Group boosts Yamaha inventory
Friday, 1 November 2019

Belgium - Established 21 years ago, the PFL Group has grown to become one of the Benelux countries’ leading technical production businesses, servicing over 1500 projects annually with high quality sound, lighting, video and set productions. Constantly developing to meet the demands of its customers, PFL has just invested in more Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
Investing in the latest technologies and new equipment is a vital part of being able to offer the best service in the fast-moving live and installed sound industries. This is why PFL has recently purchased two Yamaha QL5 and two QL1 digital mixing consoles, plus a pair of Rio1608-D2 I/O rack units.
“The impressive, trusted QL series offers an excellent all-in-one mixing solution for small to medium-sized live events,” says Dominic De Gruyter, owner and CEO at PFL. “With the new QL series in house, we are now able to support corporate events - such as panel sessions or product launches - even better than before.”
Innovation is at the heart of PFL’s business, so its technicians have cleverly incorporated the QL1 consoles into standardised racks for corporate meetings. Kitted out with wireless microphones, lapel headsets and everything else needed for a fast, reliable set up, these meeting racks are compact, easy to transport and extremely flexible.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
brazilProlights appoints distributor for Brazil
Friday, 1 November 2019

Brazil - Prolights has confirmed HPL Light Company as its distributor for Brazil.
Alberto Da Silva, sales manager of HPL comments: “Prolights is the perfect addition to our offering here in Brazil. The importance placed on the customer and their journey is part of why we do what we do here. The difference comes with the fixtures they create, stemming from the design and development processes - they feature sets and types of fixtures are to answer a specific need or gap in the market and not just another me-too fixture. With the increasingly growing popularity of Prolights fixtures in North America we have seen this influence the uptake here in South America.”
Prolights international sales manager, Paolo Albani adds: “Having HPL on-board as a partner is Brazil is great. They bring with them a wealth of local and market knowledge, experience and connections. We really look forward to working with them and watching this partnership flourish.”
(Jim Evans)

 
aed-displayAED Display bolsters Pixera investment
Thursday, 31 October 2019

Belgium - With more than 45 AV Stumpfl media servers as part of their rental stock - all of which are updated to run the latest version of the Pixera system - AED Display has become the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media server systems.
In addition to offering the new Pixera servers as a rental product to their customers, AED Display has organised and successfully conducted multiple Pixera training sessions in Belgium since ordering additional servers at this year's ISE exhibition in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the importance of providing training sessions in addition to the hardware itself: "Compared to other systems out there, Pixera is still the new kid on the block. This has many advantages and also brings some challenges. The advantage is that we can be among the first companies worldwide to offer a new media server system that presents users with a ground-breaking new usability approach. The challenge is the knowledge transfer process. By empowering our customers, we create a win-win situation."
AED Display's media server rental stock includes Pixera mini, Pixera one, Pixera two, and AV Stumpfl RAW servers for uncompressed playback.
Product manager Dave Vos comments, "It's not like there is no diversity in the media server market. So one could ask, why another new system? The reason why Pixera is appealing to many users has to do with the user interface. The same mechanisms apply to multiple workflow scenarios. It's also a great feeling for our customers to be able to join a growing com

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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