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timaxpr-hitechmedia-newtimaxrussiandistributor-lgHi-Tech Media to distribute TiMax in Russia
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Russia - UK-based specialists in immersive spatial audio, Out Board, has appointed Hi-Tech Media to distribute TiMax SoundHub spatial audio processors and TiMax TrackerD4 stagetracking systems throughout Russia.
Hi-Tech Media represents a network of partners and dealers whose end-customers rely on the latest technical solutions to complement the status of their projects and take them to a new technological level. Hand in hand with Hi-Tech Media’s technical support and educational programs, dealers can now benefit from the integration of TiMax spatial audio and showcontrol to realise cost-effective and versatile immersive live performance and AV installation solutions .
Pavel Shemiakin, brand manager for Hi Tech Media’s pro audio department, says, “We are very pleased to begin our partnership with Out Board TiMax, whose products will offer our partners and dealers new opportunities for immersive theatrical, entertainment, corporate and complex AV environments: giving customers further dimension to impress their audience and visitors.”
Out Board director, Dave Haydon, adds, “TiMax always sits best with specialist sales and support partners who share our passion for leading-edge spatial reinforcement and immersive audio – Hi Tech Media’s technical knowledge, depth and contacts, coupled with a solid customer support ethic, makes them a natural fit.
“The team at Hi-Tech Media have already taken advantage of the one-on-one online TiMax training sessions we’ve introduced to assist sound designers through this extraordinary period

aimblackrectangleinvert-jpgAIM launches £1m support fund for contractors
Tuesday, 7 April 2020

UK - The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has launched a support fund aimed at contractors and freelance workers in the independent music industry whose source of income has been severed without warning due to lost work in April and May as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fund starts with assets of £500,000 committed by AIM and its members, with further contributions invited from all sectors of the music industry and beyond.
 The target is to distribute £1,000 to each of 1,000 workers within two months.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico comments: “Despite government initiatives and the groundswell of support from the music industry, there are still many thousands of workers being left behind without the help that they need to get through this difficult time. Many of these people have suddenly found themselves with no source of income and with families to support, while government support measures for microbusinesses are hard to access for creative businesses and those for the self-employed are not expected to kick in before June.
“The independent sector’s strength lies in its sense of solidarity and community. We have already seen a hugely encouraging show of support for those who are struggling, but there is still more to do. This is a call to arms. Together, we can get through this.”
The AIM fund is open to any contractors due to work with new and developing artists currently signed to AIM member labels who have lost committed income because of cancelled artist projects. This includes tour crews, studio producers, mixing

 
 
powersoftPowersoft updates training programme
Monday, 6 April 2020

Europe - Powersoft has scheduled further additions to its online training programme.
The company is offering sessions on its ArmoníaPlus software, focussing on creating a project, set-up, networking, and monitoring options.
There are also free webinars dedicated to Powersoft products, network connections and Dante/AES67 integration, Powersoft HealthPlus, and the Deva multimedia device.
The training sessions are offered in English, Spanish, and Italian.
The programme includes: Armonia Plus 1.4 How to set-up your project using all options (7 and 9 April); Deva multimedia system for safety and emergency management (8 April); Powersoft products network connections and Dante/AES67 integration (14 and 16 April); Powersoft HealthPlus, system monitoring and remote control using 3rd party control plug-ins (21 and 23 April).

 
vista-by-chroma-q-training-webinarsChroma-Q offers free Vista training
Monday, 6 April 2020

World - Chroma-Q is offering free Vista by Chroma-Q lighting and media control training. Aware and saddened by the current market situation, they will be hosting weekly webinars to help you develop your knowledge and skills, from the comfort of your own home.
Says the company, “Understanding the importance to continue to support loyal clients and to continue education in the wake of cancelled events and one-to-one meetings, last week Chroma-Q hosted the first round of one-hour Vista 3 webinars, with an overwhelming 260 attendees. Each session ran twice, once each in BST and CDT time zones, making the training accessible to a wider audience.”
“Nurturing and developing the skills of our new and existing customers is so important to us. During a time where people may be unable to get on with their ‘usual’ jobs, we wanted to provide learning opportunities that we’re certain will come in handy in the near future,” said Paul Pelletier, global brand manager.
If you are interested in sharpening your Vista 3 skills, the Vista by Chroma-Q team will be bringing you a series of webinars every Wednesday and Thursday throughout April. Keep an eye out on the Vista by Chroma-Q website - course content and registration will be updated every Friday.
Visit www.vistabychromaq.com/training-events to register for the next webinars.

 
 

etcplogo1ETCP supports emergency field hospitals
Monday, 6 April 2020

USA - As Covid-19 impacts almost every aspect of the entertainment industry, ETCP Certified Technicians, with support of the IATSE (The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees), are stepping up to put their expertise and available equipment to good use.
Michael Barnes, IATSE international vice-president and business agent for Local 8 says: “This is spreading way too quickly, and we felt like we have to do something to help. If you are helping you can’t feel helpless, and that is not where we want to be. IATSE Locals across the country are contacting governors state-by-state to offer their expertise in the installation of temporary structures to assist in the development of emergency field hospitals for Covid-19.”
Barnes continues: “I sincerely believe the model that is traditionally deployed in situations like this can be drastically improved upon. Implementing the use of rigging and lighting techniques we use every day to create temporary structures will result in a safer and more productive environment. The pre-engineered truss that we install for any temporary arena or outdoor stage allows much more flexibility; with the touch of a button, we can give health care personnel exactly what they need to operate most efficiently.
“No one is better prepared to solve a dilemma creatively than an entertainment industry professional. ETCP Certified technicians are very well-versed in setting up large volumes of equipment for touring shows in under 12 hours. The fact that we can use our skills to help save lives in a time of crisis

 
josephLW Theatres commits to paying all staff
Monday, 6 April 2020

UK - LW Theatres - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s theatres - has committed to paying all staff, including those employed on a show-by-show basis - and has confirmed no redundancies are currently planned while the coronavirus outbreak continues.
In related news, Lloyd Webber’s musicals are to be screened on a new YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On.
He sent an email to staff in which he acknowledged “how very difficult it is to be denied the ability to be together, not only with our theatre community, but more importantly with many of our loved ones” at this time.
Rebecca Kane Burton, chief executive of LW Theatres, also wrote to all staff outlining the company’s plans for the foreseeable future. “Our priority is to steer our staff and the company through these unprecedented times, so that we can continue to serve customers and provide jobs in the West End for many years to come. I want to thank all our staff for their support, understanding and commitment.
”As things stand we are not making any redundancies. All our staff will either continue to work or become furloughed workers. We have honoured our commitment to pay staff including those who normally only work with us when shows are running. We will continue to support our staff and help them through these difficult times.”
In his own address to staff, Lloyd Webber said: “We have all been affected

 
 
Entertainment industry mobilizes to support NHSEntertainment industry mobilizes to support NHS
Friday, 3 April 2020


UK - A team of entertainment technology professionals have joined forces to form People Powered UK in a bid to help relieve the pressures of the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The initiative was started by LDs Katharine Williams and Jono Kenyon and has so far amassed 915 members and counting from across the entertainment and live event industries. Williams previously worked on Crew for Calais, a project that saw event professionals build shelters for refugees, whilst Kenyon has first-hand insight into the pressures of the UK’s health service thanks to his partner, an ITU worker.

A statement from People Powered UK says: “People who usually work at venues such as the London Roundhouse and provide production services to festivals are working together across the entire UK. They’re using skills and ingenuity honed building festival infrastructure to provide structures quickly and effectively, and sourcing equipment from outside the NHS’s usual supply chain to provide solutions to challenges hospitals are currently experiencing. Production people already work with emergency services and local authorities at SAGs, on health and safety, and at planning meetings, so already speak the same language.”

Sam Oldham, commercial and operations director of Camden arts venue the Roundhouse comments: "Our industry is full of highly skilled workers, many of whom are currently out of work or have been furloughed. They have essential skills which can be used to support the NHS and we're so proud to see the Roundhouse technical and producti

 
Events industry urged to submit evidence on Covid-19 crisisEvents industry urged to submit evidence on Covid-19 crisis
Friday, 3 April 2020

UK - PLASA, the Professional Lighting And Sound Association, has urged businesses and individuals to get in touch with more evidence on how the ongoing Covid-19 crisis is affecting their operations.
The information is sought by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and will help the Treasury to better understand the devastating impact the situation is having on the events industry.
To gather the evidence, The Events Industry Forum - of which PLASA is a member - has created a survey, which can be completed here until 5pm on Tuesday, 7 April.
"We are working hard alongside other industry associations and organisations to ensure the voice of our industry is heard," says PLASA in a statement. "We hope that through this work we can secure measures already gifted to leisure and hospitality to be extended to events and the events supply chain."
(LSi Online)

 
 
Neumann offers free live webinarsNeumann offers free live webinars
Friday, 3 April 2020

Germany - In cooperation with the Sennheiser SoundAcademy, Neumann will be offering detailed webinars on the basics of microphone technology over the coming weeks. In three one-hour sessions, trainer John McGregor will discuss all important aspects of Neumann studio microphones: Starting with the most important theoretical principles, through practical tips and application hints, to product care and maintenance.
The first session will be available on Friday, 3 April at three different times (8.30, 13.30 and 18.00 CET). The other two sessions will follow on 17 and 24 April. All webinars will be presented in English.
Interested parties can register at: https://www.neumann.com/webinars
For an overview of all the free Sennheiser SoundAcademy webinars on offer, please visit https://www.sennheiser.com/webinars
Neumann has also created a new hashtag #AtHomeWithNeumann to help guide its customers, fans and followers to informative video content that will be provided during the coronavirus crisis.

 
ARRI Academy launches control courseARRI Academy launches control course
Friday, 3 April 2020

Germany - The ARRI Academy has announced the launch of a new course designed for all levels of lighting and video production professionals. Lighting Systems Control with Richard Cadena is an 11-part video course that serves as a guide to get you up and running with digital lighting control, using DMX, RDM, Wireless DMX, and ethernet-based networks.
The series consists of short, informative videos with classes ranging in length from five minutes to 34 minutes. Course attendees will gain a working knowledge of standard and emerging technologies and will be trained on the latest lighting technology. The complete list of classes is as follows: DMX, Building DMX network, Troubleshooting DMX network, RDM, Wireless DMX, Intro to ethernet-based networking, Testing ethernet-based networks: PING and IPCONGIF commands, Art-Net, sACN, Consoles, and ARRI LED Ecosystem.
The series is taught by Richard Cadena, LSi columnist and an ETCP-recognised trainer and certified entertainment electrician. Cadena brings over 30 years of lighting industry experience and has been training entertainment lighting professionals around the globe.
The series gives an overview of established and emerging technologies, best practices, and guides users on how to troubleshoot potential issues. Cadena’s insight into the discipline of lighting and the industry is extensive. In the episode on Wireless DMX, for example, he explains, “When people tell me, ‘Oh, I don't trust wireless DMX,’ I start asking questions.” Cadena continues. “‘Well, what kind of wireless were you

 
 
A-T offers work-from-home pro solutionsA-T offers work-from-home pro solutions
Friday, 3 April 2020

USA - Working from home has become the new normal for many. It can require some adjustment but can be made easier with the right equipment for staying connected. Audio-Technica offers a variety of audio solutions that enable audio professionals to maintain productivity, increase their visibility and keep in touch with their colleagues and co-workers.
Audio engineers, now working from laptops and in less than ideal monitoring environments, are frequently relying on headphones for the monitoring resolution necessary to make edit and mix decisions. The familiarity of the sonic signature of the Audio-Technica M-Series Professional Studio Monitor Headphone line, including the ubiquitous ATH-M50x model and the enhanced performance ATH-M70x model, allow confidence and trust in production decisions with excellent translation to consumer distribution formats. For extended comfort in longer sessions that require less isolation, an alternate solution is the ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones, a choice of many professionals for personal listening.
To drop in a new track or for overdubs, individual musicians are being recorded at home or via online collaboration. Whether in a home studio or in a personal space, a high-quality, reliable microphone is still essential. Audio-Technica Multi-pattern condenser microphones like the l high-performance, yet affordable, AT4050, and the go-to-mic in numerous professionals’ personal collection, the AT4047MP, are versatile choices for handling a broad range of production applications from vocals to instrument

 
PR Lighting back to working at full capacityPR Lighting back to working at full capacity
Friday, 3 April 2020

China - Chinese industry is now back to work following the Covid-19 crisis, and Guangzhou-based PR Lighting marked the start of a new month by putting out a statement reassuring their global reseller and customer base that it is once again business as usual.
China was the first country to register the outbreak of the coronavirus (on 31 December, 2019) and while production remained temporarily idle throughout the country during lockdown, PR Lighting used the first quarter of the new year not only to fine tune new products already under development but to make some strategic changes to their global sales infrastructure.
“PR Lighting is back running 100% as normal,” confirmed company president, Dave Liang. “Our technical and marketing departments are fully operational, and production and shipment are back on schedule. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.”
Moving forward, PR Lighting’s senior sales managers, Lawrence Mao and Bruce Tian, stated, “Although the pandemic in China is now well under control we are aware that much of the globe is presently trapped in crisis. We want to reassure customers that we are here, ready to support them in whatever way we can with their needs. Meanwhile, we are grateful to our international network of distributors and dealers for marketing the products in their local territories.”
The two men emphasised that PR Lighting holds plenty of inventory of all popular items. “These are available for shipment, subject to the current transport

 
 
Audac appoints distributor for North AmericaAudac appoints distributor for North America
Friday, 3 April 2020

Canada/USA - Audac has announced a partnership with Canadian based A.C. ProMedia as the new exclusive distributor of their audio solutions in North America.
A.C. ProMedia offers a wide range of multimedia solutions aimed at the fixed installation and architainment markets, through consultants, design groups and systems integration channels. They will be managing the sales, distribution and service of the complete Audac product line in North America from their offices in Toronto.
Following the agreement, A.C. ProMedia has appointed Sarah Lima to take Audac under her wing. “We are excited to introduce the Audac family of audio products to the North American market,” comments Lima. “These high quality products have proved to be a reliable solution around the world, and with their Audac Touch you have an out-of-the-box application for UCI configuration. It allows you to merge together widgets in one screen and is accessible on any wireless device on your network.”
Audac’s CEO, Tom Van de Sande adds: “We are delighted to be partnering with A.C. ProMedia. Taking our innovative audio solutions overseas is a big step, but we believe that A.C. ProMedia has all the capabilities and expertise to make them the ideal partner for this opportunity.”

 
ChamSys expands academy resourcesChamSys expands academy resources
Thursday, 2 April 2020

UK - Touring and live events may be on hold for now, but learning and career development continue to move forward at the ChamSys Training Academy. The lighting console maker has been actively expanding its online education resources with new courses, tutorials and appointment opportunities being added on a continuous basis. In addition to providing programmers with the chance to sharpen their skills (and develop new ones), the academy is serving as a platform for them to remain connected to the industry in the wake of the closings and cancelations that have taken place.
Open to anyone, the academy offers daily online webinar training sessions. Conducted by active lighting designers and programmers, like Philip Watson, Brett Lorins and Charles Courser, these sessions cover a range of basic, intermediate and advanced topics.
The ChamSys Training Academy also features an expanded menu of video tutorials, including Beginners Sessions that provided a basic look at subjects like windows, buttons, faders and shortcuts; to Intermediate Sessions that deliver in-depth guides to topics like using the Execute Window to its maximum benefit. An extensive collection of Advanced Sessions is currently under development.
Another highlight of the academy is its free MagicQ and QuickQ online training sessions. Free of charge, the sessions provide practical user-friendly guides to mastering these powerful software tools.
For programmers and designers seeking a more personal learning experience, the ChamSys Training Academy offers one-one-one consultations duri

 
 
Adamson launches webinar seriesAdamson launches webinar series
Thursday, 2 April 2020

Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering has launched a series of free educational webinars for current and potential partners and end-users around the world. The Adamson Education Webinar Series addresses some on-going challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic while keeping consistent with the company’s amplified focus on partner education for 2020.
“Everyone has been impacted by Covid-19 and its aftermath, though it’s been especially trying for the live sound community,” begins Jeremiah Karni, head of education at Adamson. “That’s why we’ve been working hard on ways to support and engage with our global network despite the fact that we can’t get together. In addition to offering informative, insightful, and interesting content for attendees, the webinar series also provides them another means to interact directly with our team, as well as their peers in the Adamson Network. It’s about asking questions, sharing ideas, and making sure that, as a community, we’re better poised to come out of this challenge stronger than ever.”
The Adamson Education Webinar Series launched in mid-March with a pair of episodes dedicated to the latest version (v1.2.8) of Adamson’s Blueprint AV 3D predictive simulation software, followed by an in-depth discussion and Q&A with Adamson’s head of education, Jeremiah Karni, and head of product and technology, Brian Fraser.
New webinars currently go live every Tuesday and Thursday. With past episodes already archived for on-demand access, the series will continue to cover a myriad of topics relevant to Ada

 
Lightpower and MA make organisational changesLightpower and MA make organisational changes
Thursday, 2 April 2020

Europe - Lightpower has announced a number of organisational changes and senior personnel moves. “After 42 years of successful activity on the market, it is time for our company to take another step,” says a statement.
“Over the years, our company has developed and established numerous national and international business activities. In order to give these businesses a common roof, we have founded the Lightpower Holding company. The task of this holding company is to act as a control centre for all underlying companies and to develop future strategies in close cooperation with their managing directors.”
The establishment of the holding company is also accompanied by a change in the management of Lightpower GmbH. As part of this process, Herbert Marx and Michael Rickers will succeed Ralph-Jörg Wezorke, managing director of Lightpower and Franz-Josef Wewer, authorised representative of Lightpower.
As joint managing director, Herbert Marx is responsible for sales, marketing and purchase. Herbert Marx, a well-known personality within the industry, is appointed to the management board. Having been with the company for 12 years, Marx initially worked as marketing manager before he took over as director of sales.
Michael Rickers also becomes joint managing director and concentrates on the areas of finance, human resources and organisation. Michael has been with Lightpower for three years. Prior to this, Michael was responsible for finance and controlling at a German Bundesliga football club for several years.
Additionally, the managemen

 
 
Edinburgh Fringe 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19Edinburgh Fringe 2020 cancelled due to Covid-19
Thursday, 2 April 2020

UK - The 2020 edition of Edinburgh Festival Fringe - the world's largest arts festival - has been cancelled due to public safety concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also cancelled are the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
"Just a few months ago, the idea of Edinburgh without the Fringe and our sister festivals would have been totally unthinkable; now, like so many other aspects of our day-to-day lives, we must pause and take stock in the face of something far bigger," said Shona McCarthy, the chief executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society.
"Our hearts go out to the doctors, nurses, health and social care professionals on the front line, to everyone working to keep the country going, and to those who have been directly affected by this pandemic. Your courage in the face of adversity is an inspiration to us all.
"My thoughts too are with the many thousands of artists, writers, producers, reviewers, venues and backstage crew whose careers have been put on hold over the past month or so. We know today’s decision will be a difficult one for many, but please know that we will continue to be here for you and will do everything we can to support you in the weeks and months ahead."
The organisers have committed to refunding all participant registration fees and any Fringe tickets and Friends memberships purchased by audience members. Participants who have already paid will be offered

 
DAS Audio continues to suspend operationsDAS Audio continues to suspend operations
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Spain - DAS Audio has said its operations will be suspended until 14 April due to law changes in Spain arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.
The company says in a statement:
“At DAS Audio, we would like to thank you for all the signs of affection and support you have shown us, which we would sincerely like to send back to you. Without you, our family, this dream that began in 1971 would make no sense - thank you very much. During this unsettling period, our family must stick together, and we want to be there for you, then, now and always.
“Two weeks ago, at DAS Audio headquarters, we started to take all of the necessary steps against Covid-19 following government recommendations. However, due to the latest measures adopted by the Spanish, we inform you that from 30 March we will continue to work remotely from our homes to support you when you need us.
“Our operations in Spain are suspended effective immediately from 30 March until 14 April - by law.
“At DAS Audio we have already adopted all the necessary measures so that our colleagues, distributors, suppliers and family can continue with their lives and agendas without putting your health and ours at risk. You can reach us by phone, email and video-call platforms, so we can keep in touch and share our passion for this industry.
“These are challenging times, but the priorities are clear. People are our number one priority. Our industry only makes sense if the people at the other end can listen, dance, sing, laugh, hug or feel. Now it´s time to take care of our love

 
 
Powersoft ramps up training initiativesPowersoft ramps up training initiatives
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Europe - In order to keep up with the demand for more e-training courses, Powersoft, the Italian manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, has ramped up its capacity to deliver online training courses worldwide, with over 30 new sessions covering various subjects directly of interest to Powersoft customers and users.
Each course will last for one hour and will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Italian by experienced trainers and application engineers from Powersoft.
This week, Powersoft will offer insight on its new Mezzo amplifier range. During the sessions, attendees will learn about auto setup, power sharing, and remote control, as well as a number of other ground breaking features offered by the new half rack amplifier platform.
Next week’s sessions (beginning 6 April) will focus on ArmoníaPlus 1.4 and explain how to set up and programme a basic audio system with groups, monitoring, and remote control.
On 14 and 16 April, in the session entitled Powersoft products network connections and Dante/AES67 integration, trainees will learn how Dante and AES 67 protocols are integrated into Powersoft amplifiers and how they can be connected to networked environments using the set up and management tools.
Finally, on 21 and 23 April, Powersoft trainers will provide insight on ArmoníaPlus’s latest feature: Health Plus, system monitoring and remote control using third party control plug ins, including Powersoft ‘live impedance monitoring’ and cloud-based remote monitoring of all vital functions of a system. Informati

 
Harman Pro launches e-learning programmeHarman Pro launches e-learning programme
Wednesday, 1 April 2020

USA - Harman Professional Solutions is offering a range of free on-demand and instructor-led webinars hosted by leading knowledge experts from around the world.
The company has launched a new Learning Sessions eLearning programme, offered for free in conjunction with Harman Pro University, and beefing up its existing Live Workshop Series.
The Industry Expert workshops feature tips and tricks from front of house engineers, lighting designers, technicians and other industry experts, while the Harman Expert workshops feature in-depth product and solution webinars by Harman product specialists.
“We are thrilled to offer these free resources to help professionals in our industry connect and further their skill sets from the comfort of their own homes,” said Steve Mathis, senior manager, Harman Professional University. “The Live Workshop Series provides people with a way to learn about the latest equipment and techniques directly from the experts.”
Nearly 30 courses will be uploaded in April including six Live Workshop Series courses currently available for registration with topics covering live sound and pro lighting. Many more courses are in production for release in the coming months.
Courses include: Microphone Applications For Stage And Sound with Chris Pyron (1 April); Lighting for Churches: Live and Video with Lucas Jameson and Chris Pyron (7); Audio Challenges in Esports with Cameron O’Neill; Special Martin Lighting Product Launch with Markus Klüesener (15); Lighting Programming Workshop with Susan Rose

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Major Losses - Workers in the UK theatre sound industry have collectively lost nearly £2m in income as a result of the coronavirus, according to a survey by the Association of Sound Designers. The results counted a total loss of £1,943,452 in income across the 249 respondents, largely due to cancelled or postponed events and loss of royalties. This averages at £7,805 per person.
Other key findings from the survey: 91% of respondents immediately lost income as a result of the social-distancing measures, worth around £1m in total; 76% had further work postponed within the next three months, worth around £750,000; 41% of those surveyed said the health of themselves and their family was their primary concern.
Dominic Bilkey, chair of the Association of Sound Designers, said: “The impact of the sudden and complete closure of theatres, arenas and other areas of entertainment has had an immediate and devastating effect upon our members and their families. The priority has to be the health and well-being of the country, and our membership understand and respect this.” Bilkey welcomed government support measures for employees and the self-employed, however warned there was still “a large number of members who will be ineligible for either support mechanism”.
Sofa Sounds - Elton John hosted a star-studded coronavirus benefit concert from his home in Los Angeles. The online festival featured performances from the likes of Billie Eilish, Dave Grohl and Mariah Carey from their sofas and home studios. It raised funds for two US charities. Broa

 
Behind the Scenes seeks card designersBehind the Scenes seeks card designers
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

USA - Behind the Scenes holiday cards have become a tradition in the industry for those who want to spread holiday cheer while supporting their colleagues in need. Proceeds from card sales help provide grants to entertainment technology professionals, or their immediate dependent family members, who are seriously ill or injured.
Each year, designs have been created and donated to the charity by everyone from Tony Award winners to high school students. The design guidelines (btshelp.org/carddesign) are very simple and you can also view previous examples (btshelp.org/cardexamples).
If you are interested in designing a card, Behind the Scenes will need your commitment no later than 24 April and your artwork by 15 May. Please contact Lori Rubinstein at info@btshelp.org or 212-244-1421.
The Behind the Scenes grants may be used for basic living and medical expenses. The BTS Counseling Fund assists with the expense of seeing a therapist or entering rehab. The new Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative is developing tools and resources specifically for the entertainment industry. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit btshelp.org.

 
 
EM Acoustics & Out Board host demosEM Acoustics & Out Board host demos
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

UK - SARM Music Bank rehearsal studios in London recently hosted a major series of demos from UK loudspeaker manufacturer, EM Acoustics and Out Board, immersive spatial reinforcement and performer tracking specialists.
In the spotlight was the y Reference Series R10 point source loudspeaker from EM Acoustics - seen for the first time anywhere at ISE 2020 - and the HALO-B medium format line array. Out Board showcased the new HARDCore FGPA processing for the TiMaxSoundHub and the all-new TiMax TrackerD4 precision stagetracking for live performer vocal localisation and multimedia effects control.
Held from 3-5 March, EM Acoustics’ Mike Wheeler deems the event to have been “a huge success” with high attendance figures and, more importantly, positive reactions from the industry.
Renowned sound designer, Sebastian Frost, whose credentials include plays, musicals and operas the world over as well as live events and installed visitor attractions, was very taken by what he heard: "I was so impressed by the R10, I’ve already specified 10 of them for a major new production that will take place later in the year."
Bobby Aitken, another award-winning West End and Broadway theatre sound designer, was equally impressed with the new Reference Series loudspeakers: "The new R10 point source loudspeakers sounded great and I'm really looking forward to spending some time with the upcoming R8s. The combination of a rotatable horn and the ability to swap the horn between two different included versions will make it a really interesting loudspeaker for the

 
ADJ to host Stay Connected live video seriesADJ to host Stay Connected live video series
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

USA - Over the next few weeks, ADJ will host a series of live video broadcasts that will provide educational content and in-depth product overviews. Each installment of Stay Connected will have a specific focus and provide an opportunity for lighting and event professionals to upskill from the safety and comfort of their own homes ready for when the covid-19 pandemic is over.
This is the season that ADJ, like many in the industry, would usually be exhibiting at trade shows around the world, demonstrating its latest products to new and prospective customers. In lieu of these industry events, which have all been cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, ADJ wants to offer something of the tradeshow experience but in a way that can be accessed safely in these times of social distancing and home working.
ADJ wants to serve the industry by providing free education to help event professionals prepare for returning to work. Each Stay Connected session will be packed with practical ideas, tips and insight designed to teach, equip and inspire. broadcast via Facebook Live, each video will also feature interactive elements allowing viewers to ask questions directly to the product specialists on camera.
“We are living through unprecedented times,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales, “and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, especially within the lighting industry that we love and serve. We are also sad to be missing out on the opportunity to meet wi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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