UAE - Nicolas Kyvernitis Electronics Enterprises has announced a series of seminars under the title Academy 4.0. The seminars will be held in Dubai during the months of May and June this year.

The training will take between one to three days depending on the particular brand. Attendees will have the opportunity not only to hear about the strong and successful brands, but also they will improve their knowledge and skills within different areas of professional audio and video market.

Confirmed dates are: Sound Devices, 6 May; DIS I, 10 - 11 May; DIS II, 12 May; Shure, 13 May; Rane, 17 May; ENCO, 18 May; Mackie / Neutrik, 19 May; Cloud, 25 May; SMAART, 1 - 3 June; Clear - Com, 7 - 9 June; Roland, 10 - 11 June; Midas, 14 - 16 June.

"This year the portfolio of the brands participating at Academy 4.0 is much larger than the one we hosted previous year. Recently launched produ

UK - With the outdoor season fast approaching, and local authorities across the country seeking to reduce noise pollution at key event sites, Kent-based Old Barn Audio has taken the enterprising and pre-emptive step of purchasing a 16-element MLA Compact system from Martin Audio to help meet the anticipated market demand.

Director Phil Clark says that given his company's own history with Martin Audio - coupled with an already existing demand this summer for a technology that is scientifically proven to eliminate off-site noise escape - the move was a logical one.

"We are not a rental company and have no intention of competing with rental partners. But having done research, and noted the extent to which production companies are cross hiring from each other on peak weekends, it is sensible to make more enclosures available on a dry hire basis. Along with the flying frames a

USA - The Portland Trail Blazers enjoy a passionate following among NBA fans, whether in the stands of their home court at Moda Centre, or listening to live radio streams over the air or online.

Recently, the franchise turned to LineQ, the chief distributor of Barix products in the United States, to improve the fan experience. The solution employs three Barix Instreamer IP audio devices to encode live game feeds into files for streaming over the Internet and to mobile devices. The streams additionally incorporate live closed-captioning for hearing-impaired fans.

Because they own rights to their broadcasts, the Trail Blazers can create an entire programme at Moda Center for distribution to their network of 30 radio affiliates throughout Oregon. The program not only includes broadcasts of all the games-both home and road-but also all commercial content, announcements, and pre- a

Poland - ARAM, Poland, was responsible for the design and technical production of largest gaming event in the world - the ninth edition of the World Final of the Intel Extreme Masters .

For the second year in a row, this event was held in Katowice, this time spread to two locations - Spodek and the newly built International Convention Centre. Event broke all records of audience and visitors.

The event lasted for a total of four days, and ARAM was responsible for the design and implementation.

"Work began many months before the show," says Michael Mrzyg?ocki. "We were responsible for the execution of the set design of projects for all three stages." The ARAM team worked closely with both the client and the executors, among others, Jack Van Daniels.

The resulting total of three scenes, including an impressive main stage with a total span of 60m, located i

USA - The Journey North Community Church near Brainerd, Minnesota has been steadily growing since its first service in 2004. That day, 130 people showed up to a rented room in the city's community centre, a space that would serve as the church's temporary home for many years.

Recently, Journey North acquired an old Lutheran church school building in nearby Baxter, Minnesota and set about the task of converting its reverberant gymnasium into a contemporary worship space.

Twin Cities-based Audio Video Electronics (AVE) assisted, repurposing old classroom acoustic tiles and using other low-cost ideas to give the worship space vastly improved acoustics and lighting. Importantly, AVE installed a Danley Sound Labs SH-96 for main coverage and two Danley SM-60Fs for side-fill. Danley's point source phase coherence maximized intelligibility and fidelity, and its tight pattern control k

USA - Before Enrique Iglesias set out to play some of the world's largest venues for his 2014 Sex and Love Tour he consulted Travis Shirley, his longtime creative director and show designer. To make the show's production elements specialized yet easy to replicate in any tour destination, Shirley deployed several classic lighting fixtures from Martin Professional and one new one - the MAC Quantum Profile.

Over the last decade, Shirley and Iglesias have done 12 tours together. The Sex and Love Tour was a first, however, in that Iglesias shared the role of headliner for some of the shows with Pitbull, which challenged Shirley to design a show concept that was distinctly Iglesias's style but could be augmented by Pitbull's creative team when necessary. Furthermore, the tour's far-reaching itineraries made local product availability a key concern.

"The show design that I sold

UK - Rock band Placebo continue their acclaimed Loud Like Love world tour which entered its third year after starting in September 2013, with lighting and visuals designed by Jvan Morandi of Placing Shadows Ltd. who brings his characteristic eye for style and flair to the imaginative equation.

For the first time, west London based rental company Colour Sound Experiment supplied lighting equipment and LED screens - for the latest section of the tour - which has just completed an extensive run through UK academy venues.

Jvan's original design concept has been adapted several times for the various legs of the tour, which have already included two full production runs and two festival seasons. This time it was modified again to fit the academy sized venues, retaining the raw, gritty aesthetic with lots of moody back-lighting and quirky video that has created such an interesting cr

The Netherlands - The Hard Dance electronic music event Masters of Hardcore celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015 under the banner 20 Years of Rebellion. The 28 March event attracted an audience of 25,000 in the Brabanthallen in S'Hertogenbosch.

To celebrate this event in an appropriate way, the organizers decided to go for a massive laser show setup on four of the six stages, which meant that more than 16 high power lasers were set up on the main stage, and 16 more fired on the other floors.

Reliability as well as quality of the equipment is essential at such large scale productions. Laserfabrik did the laser show performance on all stages and decided to go for a massive laser setup of RTI NANO, RTI PIKO and RTI FEMTO show laser light systems.

The laser show control was executed with a combination of DSP controllers and grandMA2s, which triggered the pre-programmed

Nigeria - With an audience of over 700,000, The Experience is Africa's largest live concert and possibly the biggest annual, single stage live music event in the world. London-based Subfrantic looks after the complex mixes, with Yamaha CL series digital consoles a vital part of this challenging, all-night production.

Founded and hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin since 2005, The Experience is an interdenominational gospel concert which takes place in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, every December. So popular is it, however, that an adjacent cricket pitch is also needed.

Featuring many of the highest profile names in gospel music, alongside acts from Nigeria and other African countries, Subfrantic managing director Steve Davies first became involved in 2013.

"I was brought in following a long professional relationship with House on the Rock (HOTR), the church which organises

UK - Lighting designer James Reed has chosen to use an array of the latest addition to the Showline eSERIES, the SL eSTRIP 10, for The Stranglers' March On UK tour.

Reed has been show designer for the band's previous two tours, which were centred on video. For this run, he went for a more light-based show, specifying 14 of the SL eSTRIP 10 units from Bristol-based rental operation Enlightened Lighting.

"The overall concept was to take a very modern approach to the lighting, whilst maintaining the requisite menace and quirks that span the punk, new romantic and even pop genres," says Reed. "When it came to choosing fixtures Andrew Bartlett at Enlightened invited me to check out the SL eSTRIP 10 and I was sold just from looking at one unit washing a white wall in daylight."

Reed focused the design on a black camo net backdrop to reflect the band's signature

The Netherlands - Ampco Flashlight Group has acquired Audiopro Netherlands, one of the leading audio suppliers in the Benelux.As of 31st March 2015, Amsterdam-based Audiopro officially became part of the Ampco Flashlight family, re-enforcing its range of audio-visual businesses across its three divisions: Sales, Rental and Technology.

Since inception in 1988, Audiopro has established a name for itself as one of the principal suppliers and installers of d & b audiotechnik and Clearcom systems.

Peter de Fouw of Ampco Flashlight and Rolf Dijkstra of Audiopro head up the merger. Both men possess longstanding industry experience and have extensive national and international networks.

"Audiopro is a welcome addition to the Ampco Flashlight Group and our sales companies TM Audio Holland and Lightco Netherlands," says Peter de Fouw. "It will enable the group to offer

South Africa - With top lighting designers asking for it, MJ Event Gear has upgraded from the grandMA full size to a grandMA2 Lite.

"It was time we got one and Olebogeng Boinamo from our offices has been pestering me!" commented Mike Jones, owner of MJ. "It's a great product."

Ole is a talented lighting designer and technician at MJ and having worked on the grandMA full size for numerous years, he developed the MA mind set. "I am ecstatic and enjoying the console very much," said Ole. "I have not taken it on a show as yet, but I have been playing with it at the warehouse and received training from DWR's Nick Britz. The desk is perfect and just what I needed."

Nick Britz from DWR says Olebogeng took to the desk like a duck to water. "Ole was brilliant on the training. He was a very quick learner and I was extremely impressed. MA is

France - L-Acoustics has announced the opening of three new facilities dedicated to production, logistics and carpentry.

With yearly double digit growth over the last decade, the company is expanding its manufacturing capacity in order to respond to market demand. The new facilities will enable L-Acoustics to increase production significantly by the end of 2015.

A new logistics facility has been operational since early 2015. Located in the Paris region, close to the company's headquarters in Marcoussis, the new warehouse increases the company's logistics facilities to 8,200m2, expanding capacity by 300 percent.

The new warehouse was joined by the March inauguration of a new production facility. Located in Marcoussis, next to the company's business headquarters, the new assembly site boasts 3,000m2, fully dedicated to the manufacture of L-Acoustics sound systems and doubles t

UK - Sound designer Keri Chesser has deployed TiMax Soundhub audio showcontrol on a production of Vernon God Little at The Space Arts Centre in London's East End. A collaborative project between Space Productions and Burn Bright Theatre, the show marks the London fringe debut for Burn Bright who place emphasis on ensemble-led theatre and live storytelling.

Chesser became intrigued with TiMax after the technology was presented at the ASD Winter School in 2014 and has subsequently showcased immersive soundscapes for research and development projects using TiMax.

In Vernon God Little, Chesser recreates the frenetic but isolated world of the main protagonist. In one sequence she creates an immersive memory soundscape the protagonist is reacting to, explaining, "Using TiMax's tracking/panning effects voices and sounds (bell, gunshots) are coming at him from diffe

UK - XL Video supported Teenage Cancer Trust's annual run of live shows at London's Royal Albert Hall for the third consecutive year. For this 15th anniversary, XL Video supplied LED screens, live cameras and HD recordings for the seven shows in late March 2015.

The week-long run included a comedy night hosted by Kevin Bridges, plus live music shows headlined by Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Paul Weller, The Who, Van Morrison, and Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls.

All the shows featured a central flown screen, 36.6sq.m in total, formed from XL Video's Barco NX6 6mm LED. This screen displayed a mixture of the artists' own playback content and logos, live IMAG footage and pre-recorded films about the Trust's work. Playback content was served from one of XL's Catalyst media servers.

In addition, a wide LED banner screen formed from XL's ROE Visual MC-18T

USA - Seattle's Parlor Live comedy club is bringing national headliners like Kevin Hart, Rob Schneider and Loni Love to the city. At the same time, it's also cultivating up-and-coming regional comics by giving them the chance to perform on a spacious stage illuminated by a collection of Ovation and COLORado fixtures from Chauvet Professional.

In keeping with the creative streak that characterizes Seattle (this is the city that gave us grunge, Windows and Amazon), Parlor Live is no ordinary comedy club. Aside from its 200-seat comedy club, this two-story venue also houses a sports bar, cocktail lounge/restaurant and meeting facility.

"From a lighting standpoint, this was really three or four different projects in one," said designer Stephen Weeks of Morgan Sound and Audiovisual who was responsible for creating a design that met the diverse demands of this venue, while

South Africa - The Ghoema Awards, described as South Africa's own Afrikaans Grammy Awards, took place at the magical State Theatre, Pretoria on 24 March 2015. The spectacular event, the initiative of Barry Pretorius, was filled to capacity and lit by Mauritz Jacobs of Dream Sets with the full technical supply awarded to EPH Productions.

This was the second year Mauritz was commissioned to design and operate the show and he worked on the State Theatre's grandMA2 Light, having some 80 Robe fixtures and a further 30 Clay Paky Sharpys, at his disposal.

"Being in the theatre took me back quite a few years," said Mauritz, recalling his student days at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. "It was very nice to be in this theatrical environment again."

Mauritz was chuffed with his compliment of lighting, some of which belonged to the theatre. The total comp

Germany - LSC Lighting Systems has announced a strategic partnership with German based company EL4EN (Elements for Entertainment), for the training and support of its Clarity based products across Europe.

EL4EN is a recently formed company of industry veterans with vast experience of lighting control and operation. EL4EN will take on the responsibility of supporting the LSC Clarity range of products including the LX range of consoles, VX wings as well as the software product from a technical perspective as well as offering training courses for all levels.

Pete Floyd, international sales manager for LSC commented, "We are having more and more success with Clarity and the appointment of EL4EN is a great addition allowing us to provide better and more responsive support for the products across Europe."

EL4EN will be on the LSC booth at this year's Frankfurt Pro Light

UK - Kings Place is a buzzing hub for music, art, dialogue, social and cultural interaction, events and food and drink in the heart of central London's vibrant Kings Cross area. The multi-purpose venue is ensconced in the contemporary elegance of a large mixed space building designed by architects Dixon Jones backing onto the Regent Canal.

Recently, Robe's DL Series LED fixtures have been installed in its two auditoriums as part of a lighting refit and upgrade.

As well as a leading creative live art and performance forum presenting around 600 arts events a year, Kings Place is a world class, award-winning conference and events venue, hosting leading brands across 10 event rooms and spaces. In the past 12 months, Kings Place has managed around 350 corporate events from small meetings to multi-day conferences for over 1000 delegates.

The latest lighting installation continues

USA - Boston USA based lighting designer Jeff Maker relished the chance to use 135 Robe moving lights including 18 x BMFL Spots for a super high profile and very special one off / DVD shoot show at Wembley Arenafor lively US punk rock band, All Time Low.

The gig - their biggest ever to date in the UK - sold out in just a few days and was preceded by a short seven-date jaunt around Europe. It also came just a month after All Time Low finished a double headline UK arena tour with You Me At Six, so, with the proximity of this still in fans' minds, Jeff designed a completely new overhead lighting scheme for the Wembley event ... and retained the core high-impact floor package from the co-headline tour, adding some new elements so he could create an eye-popping new visual extravaganza that would feel great live and look awesome on camera!

"I wanted to establish multiple layers

On The Campaign Trail - Labour has confirmed its commitment to the arts in the party's manifesto ahead of the general election, declaring they should "belong to all and be open to all to take part in". Earlier this year Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to place arts and culture "at the heart of the government" if the party came to power in May. In its newly published election manifesto, the party promises to work with public bodies to tackle the regional imbalance of arts funding. Labour also pledges to strengthen creative education in schools and after school clubs, and ensure that publicly funded venues "open up their doors" to young people.

As well as increasing the number of apprenticeships in the creative industries, the party has reaffirmed its commitment to creating a 'prime minister's committee' on the arts, culture and creative industries -

Belgium - Chauvet has opened a full-service subsidiary in Ghent, Belgium. The facility, which follows in the steps of a Chauvet branch in the United Kingdom, acts as the Chauvet distributor in the Benelux area serving dealers of Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ brands in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, while supporting Chauvet distributors and strategic partners elsewhere in Europe.

"Given the success of our operations in the UK, it made sense to expand to an inland facility so we can better serve customers not only in the Benelux area but also throughout the continent," said Chauvet President Albert Chauvet. "With high profile products like our Chauvet Professional Nexus and ÉPIX being seen worldwide, and the widespread following of Chauvet DJ in multiple countries, we've established globally recognized brands. This facility will help bring the

UK - As Capital Sound Hire enters the build-up phase to their busy summer season ahead they discuss plans for continued investment in their professional sound equipment hire stock.

Following the purchase of their Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system in 2012-14, comprising MLA, MLA Compact and MLA Mini, the London-based professional live sound equipment hire company have recently undertaken a new investment programme to focus on their infrastructure, maintaining and upgrading all elements of their professional sound equipment hire stock to ensure that it meets clients' needs in terms of commerciality, functionality and cutting-edge technology.

"Whilst we're known as the 'go-to' rock-and-roll touring sound hire company in London, Capital Sound Hire caters for a broad range of live sound market sectors including corporate and conference work, festivals, theatre and comedy&quo

USA - Audinate and NewTek have announced an expansion of the partnership to enable Dante support in the TriCaster product line. As part of the new TriCaster Advanced Edition, customers will have the ability to install Dante Virtual Soundcard to enable seamless audio connectivity to other Dante-enabled products.

TriCaster has changed the way producers cover and distribute live events. TriCaster set a new industry standard as an innovative, easy-to-use appliance for portable live production and streaming, it has become the choice for video producers worldwide. TriCaster customers will now be able to download and install Dante Virtual Soundcard on the TriCaster platform. This transforms the production system into an end-to-end digital audio workflow seamlessly integrating TriCaster with Dante audio devices on the network.

"The partnership between Audinate and NewTek to enabl

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