UK - The Luna Cinema, the UK's leading producer of open-air cinema events, has purchased two complete systems of Nexo's new Geo M6 compact line array from Orbital Sound.

The Luna Cinema's popular screenings are all about classic film entertainment, delivered with state-of-the-art projector and screen technology in the UK's most beautiful and prestigious settings, the grounds of castles and stately homes, city parks and botanical gardens.

This summer, The Luna Cinema has taken delivery of two 24-cabinet Nexo Geo M6 line array systems to provide high-fidelity audio to complement the investment in video technology. Company director and production manager Jamie Plummer explains why the Geo M6 is proving to be a winner, both logistically and musically.

"The M6 cabinets, packaged neatly six to a flight case, work superbly in many different configurations. This is perfect for

Austria - One of the latest additions to the Clay Paky product line, the Stormy CC strobe, proved a hit with the lighting designers as it made its debut on Austria's high-altitude music festival Snowbombing this April.

Taking place in the stunning alpine location of Mayrhofen, the festival boasts a line up of some of the world's biggest dance acts, including Fatboy Slim, Sub Focus and Rudimental.

Event production house Audile, who has had an on-going relationship with the festival since 2002, supplied 12 of the Stormy CCs to the event, alongside 40 Sharpys, 12 Alpha Spot HPE 700 and eight Alpha Beam 700 fixtures.

"The Clay Paky fixtures were ideal for Snowbombing as their flexibility, reliability and vast number of features made them extremely popular with all the lighting designers," says Audile's Director Rob Leach. "They especially liked the Stormys, as the

UK - Aurora Lighting kept a watchful eye over for the latest series of live evictions with LD Gurdip Mahal at the Big Brother House.

Hosted at Elstree Film Studios, the live eviction shows required the full showbiz treatment with plenty of movement and razor sharp spots. Aurora were on board for the weekly events with gaffers Richard Shout and James Tinsley who loaded the set with Aurora's newly acquired Clay Paky Mythos automated heads to keep things looking lively. Moving Light Console Op, Ross Williams also had the SGM P5 Wash at his disposal for added effect.

To keep things clear on the catwalk, Aurora lined up their new Robert Juliat 'Victor' follow spots operated by Dave Scrivens and his team from Pro Spot to make sure the housemates remained in the spotlight as they made their way out of the building.

There has been plenty to watch out for during the Live Evictions. P

France - Novelty is an industry leader in France that brings technical audio-visual solutions for the fashion, luxury, live performance, event, exhibition and TV industries. Thanks to the company's experience, Novelty works on more than 6,000 projects each year. Due to this fact, Novelty is always looking for new, reliable and efficient products.

The very first trial between Novelty and SGM was with the G-Spot. They carried out a so-called crash test, using the G-spot on the ice rink of Paris City Hall during three cold winter months.

After this period, Jérôme Gasselin, technical director of Novelty, said, "Okay, the new SGM products are serious. Let's test the entire range."

With its IP65-rating, wireless connection, design and of course light output, the P-5 brings Novelty the tools they need to cover what they do best, which covers agency events, fashion

UK - In a major investment programme, event technology specialist Blitz|GES has significantly expanded the capacity and capabilities of its lighting department. The investment programme was executed in instalments, with the most recent consignments arriving in July 2015.

With the appointment of a lighting project manager late last year, and progressively larger capital investments in equipment, software and control systems, the Blitz|GES lighting department has expanded quickly with a programme of continuous investment in the most versatile and reliable lighting technology on the market, Blitz|GES now has the requisite resources to deliver a full spectrum of show and event lighting.

This latest consignment consisted of control equipment including Jands Vista S3 and S1, and High End Hedgehog 4 consoles. This advanced equipment is essential to Blitz|GES' ability to deliver high

USA - Harvey Mudd College, a Claremont, California-based private college, is leveraging a Dante network from Audinate to power a multipoint AV conferencing network in the new R. Michael Shanahan Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Among the many technologically advanced features in the new educational centre, the conferencing network gives facility guest lecturers the opportunity to reach larger audiences across multiple networked rooms. By installing a multichannel audio Dante network, Harvey Mudd College has established a simple yet sophisticated foundation for future expansion while reducing ongoing costs and labour - all equating to exceptionally low total cost of ownership.

Harvey Mudd College refers to the new conferencing system as a "simulcasting network", offering two-way audio and video communication between the 300-seat auditorium, a recital hall and five cl

USA - Bounding off the success of its midtown location, upscale gastro-pub and sports bar Stout opened a second location in Manhattan's financial district. Dubbed Stout FiDi, the new establishment operates out of a 6000sq.ft space and incorporates many of the distinctive design elements of the original Stout, including a 50ft red cement bar, cobblestone floors, stone walls, and custom iron work. All of the furniture is either imported from Ireland or custom made by New York craftsmen.

Local AV integration firm Starview Satellite designed and installed a superior fidelity background and foreground audio system to complement the décor and based it around the unparalleled flexibility of a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12x8 DSP with ARC-WEB browser-based control interface.

Inputs to the system include a DJ port, iPod output and several video sources, including DirecTV and cable, w

UK - reports that their new website is now live. Fully responsive and with dynamic content, the site is optimized for mobile devices and will automatically reformat according to the type of device on which it is being viewed to ensure the best possible user experience; the site is, moreover, highly interactive and extremely fast, says the company.

"We're delighted with the new website," affirmed Stardraw CEO, Rob Robinson. "It's a real pleasure to use and, for technophiles like us, it's exciting to know that it exploits cutting edge technologies. For those that want to know, the site is effectively an html application built using the Angular framework which is the same framework we're using for all our new online applications. The behaviour of the site applies sophisticated Angular and CSS techniques which means we can do everything that we might have

USA - In a lakeside New Jersey community, Pompton Lakes High School prides itself in providing opportunities to meet the needs of a diverse student population. With an award-winning fine arts programme, the high school recently underwent a renovation to upgrade its performing arts space. To guide them during the project, Nelson Enterprises was brought on board as the systems integrator and to control the new lighting system they chose the NEO lighting control console from Philips Strand Lighting.

"In the beginning we were actually provided a sales lead from another company that brought us onto the project to complete the installation of the new lighting system at Pompton Lakes High School," began Bill Nelson, Nelson Enterprises. "As a retrofit installation, the new system consists primarily of all LED lighting instruments that would require multiple control channe

UK - Audient's iD22 made its debut theatre performance, with two-time NSDF Emerging Artist Award winning theatre company at the New Diorama Theatre in London, last month. Sharing the limelight with three performers, including actress and producer Rianna Dearden, the audio interface was used to control the sound on stage for their new play, Goodstock.

Rianna explains how the iD22 worked for the show. "We've been using it along with a Novation Launchkey Mini and Ableton Live to play and control all of the recorded and live sound throughout the show. This ranges from pre-recorded tunes to various DJ beats and loops, triggered with the Launchkey, but controlled by the iD22. There are moments in Goodstock where the levels of the music need to be adapted second by second depending on the action happening on stage, meaning it can be controlled safely and easily by the people right

USA - The 2015 Tony Award winners for Best Musical and Best Play, Fun Home and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, both rely on Meyer Sound systems to carry their stories to audiences. The aural experience for these acclaimed shows is the work of sound designers Kai Harada and Ian Dickinson, with each of the shows winning five Tony Awards.

"I think the role of sound and music is integral to The Curious Incident," says Dickinson, the show's sound designer and an associate of London-based Autograph Sound. "Take them away and it becomes a different and maybe less magical world. One of the production managers once said to me that the play's aural world was like glue binding everything together. I think that is the highest compliment one could pay. I'm absolutely overjoyed for all concerned."

Dickinson's design for The Curious Inci

USA - It was a celebration of epic proportions as the four original members of The Grateful Dead (Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir) reunited at Soldier's Field, almost 20 years to the day after they played their last concert with Jerry Garcia. They were joined onstage by frequent musical comrades Trey Anastasio, Bruce Hornsby and Jeff Chimenti. Seventy thousand Deadheads filled the stadium each night on 3, 4 and 5 July, while millions streamed the show online and watched on Pay Per View to say goodbye to one of the most iconic bands in history.

2015 also marked the Grateful Dead's 50th year in the business. The show was produced by Peter Shapiro and Madison House Presents. Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the final three shows, where lighting designers Candace Brightman (The Grateful Dead's original, long time LD) and Paul Hoffman used more than 500 fi

South Africa - The Mediatech Africa 2015 trade show was an outstanding success for Audiosure, the company reports. The South African company drew large crowds to see its extensive collection of audio and AV products as well as lighting from Chauvet Professional and Chauvet DJ.

However, beyond being drawn by the opportunity to get their hands on some of the latest gear, show visitors were stopped in their tracks by an eye-popping lightshow Audiosure created using a collection of Chauvet Professional fixtures.

Designed by Sean Crawley with the assistance of Stefan Van Der Walt, the show at the Audiosure stand drew on the intense output of 16 pixel-mapped Nexus 4x4 LED panels to display blinding breakout patterns and stunningly bright text. Adding to the visual feast was the sweeping light from 30 ultra-fast Rogue moving fixtures. The new Strike 4 blinder pumped up the intensity

USA - The Rolling Stones embarked on their Zip Code Tour visiting 15 cities in North America from the kick-off in San Diego in May to the wrap in Quebec City in July. The band's lighting rig featured Clay Paky Mythos and Sharpy Washes.

"The band is playing as well as I've ever seen them," says Ethan Weber, who was crew chief for the Stones in 1994-95 and became their lighting director in 1998, a post he still holds today. The majority of shows on the tour were in stadiums, though they mixed in a couple of festivals and a theatre show in Los Angeles, where the band played the entire Sticky Fingers album. "The venues have been more consistent on this leg than on most in the past couple of years," Weber says. "Not as many clones or fixture changes have been needed on the grandMA2."

Patrick Woodroffe of Woodroffe Bassett Design was the lighting

Sweden / Italy - LumenRadio has announced the appointment of RM Multimedia as the exclusive distributor of LumenRadio's CRMX product portfolio in Italy. Based in the Cattolica, Italy, RM Multimedia is the distributor of high quality products for the entertainment industry across Italy. Their portfolio already includes brands such as Robe, Anolis and Litecraft to name a few.

Commenting on the partnership, LumenRadio's technical sales manager, Marcus Bengtsson says, "We are very pleased to partner with RM Multimedia, a company that shares our strong objective to provide reliable technology, superior technical support and stands by their customers all the way to give the customers the best experience possible with the products."

Enthusiastic to distribute LumenRadio's award-winning CRMX technology and its benefits to the Italian market, Marco Bartolini, sales manager at

UK - A.C. Audio, a division of A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) Ltd, has been appointed as an authorised dealer for the Midas Digital range of audio mixing consoles, with immediate effect.

Midas has been designing and manufacturing live performance mixing consoles for the world's most demanding live sound engineers, performers and production rental companies since the early 1970s.

The consoles are renowned for their exemplary sound quality, leading to their adoption by international clients for high-profile concert, theatre and studio venue installations, as well as touring, events, and other applications.

A.C. Audio, who are already an established reseller for the manufacturer's analogue consoles line-up, now have direct access to the extensive choice of Midas digital mixers, ranging from the PRO1 console up to the PRO X desk, plus related stage boxes and accessories

Singapore - grandMA2 was the control platform of choice for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the recent South East Asia (SEA) Games, staged in Singapore at the New Singapore National Stadium. Lighting designer was Mac Chan, who worked very closely with lead programmer Michael Chan and Muen Huang on the two impressive and highly visual spectacle ceremony shows which marked the start and finish of the 28th SEA Games.

Mac's lighting rig inside the stadium comprised about 900 moving lights - a mix of Vari*Lite, Clay Paky, DTS, Robe and Martin, spots - which were scattered over a series of trusses flown in the roof and positioned around the perimeter of the field of play.

Mac specified two grandMA2 full-size and two grandMA2 light for the show, with full tracking backup. The network comprised 10 x MA NPU (Network Processing Unit), 11 x MA 8Port Nodes and eight MA 2Port Nodes a

UK - PLASA London has announced a number of exclusive and exciting additions to its 2015 seminar sessions, including two new audio panel sessions chaired by industry journalist Phil Ward, three sessions from audio production power house Britannia Row, a further session from the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), three demo sessions from Adobe and a keynote presentation from Pixar Animation Studios.

PLASA London is delighted to have secured some of the most informative and interesting speakers it has ever had for this year's show. Particular highlights include Britannia Row's sessions, which take a close look at education and industry in this fast maturing sector and the keynote presentation from Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and Adobe's Niels Stevens showing off the very latest developments in their Creative Cloud content creation tools and services.


UK - Acorn has a well-established history of providing temporary structures to prestigious motor racing events and, in June 2015, the company serviced two major sporting events . . .

First, Formula E chose Acorn to supply a range of temporary infrastructure at the inaugural London E Prix, which took place in Battersea Park. The layout of the London park, and in particular the tree-lined avenues that made up the circuit, led the organiser to choose tiered viewing platforms instead of traditional grandstand seating. Acorn provided 50 viewing platforms, totaling over 4,000m2 and providing enhanced viewing positions for 12,000 spectators.

To allow spectators across the track and into the infield, Acorn supplied six pedestrian bridges at strategic points around the circuit. Utilising the Layher Bridging System, each bridge had a unique configuration, the largest of which spanned ov

Germany - The courtyard of the castle St. Emmeran in Regensburg, Germany, has provided the location for the Thurn-and-Taxis festival (Schlossfestspiele) since 2002. The highlights on stage are mirrored by the FoH audio mix: Tonmeister Carsten Kümmel created a concert hall ambience for the performance of Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème, even though it took place in the open air. Key to achieving this was the use of a Lawo mc²56 mixing console.

The natural listening experience of a concert hall was created by using monitor speakers situated below the venue's tribune. These were used to direct effects channels with a high amount of early reflections towards the castle walls, which diffusely reflected them towards the audience. The orchestra itself was not on, or even close to, the stage, but in a ballroom in the castle, where regular microphone techniques were used to pick up

Germany / Turkey - Ankara-based distributor, Atempo, has been appointed by Pan Acoustics as the Turkisch distributor for the Pan Beam, Pan Speaker and Pan Powerline series.

Mr. Volkan Konuralp, MD of Atempo explained their choice of Pan Beam, "With steerable columns being established in the market place over the last 10 years, many companies have engineered their own solutions as part of an existing range of products in an attempt to tap into the growing market. We have looked at the various solutions appearing in the market and all had their strengths and weaknesses. We were looking for a company that specialized in steerable products, that had leading technology and the feature set that the market needed.

"We ultimately wanted outstanding performance combined with simple, intuitive system set-up, so that the installer doesn't need to be a programming expert to get

The Netherlands - Dutch group De Toppers used DPA's d:facto Vocal Microphones for a series of five live shows at the Amsterdam Arena, each of which attracted audiences of around 69,000 people.

The decision to switch DPA was taken by audio consultant John Kriek and sound designer Jeroen ten Brinke, a partner at Audio Design International that provided sound services for the shows.

"I had used DPA microphones in the past and was always impressed by the audio quality they delivered," says Jeroen ten Brinke. "At the end of last year I worked on an All Star show in Amsterdam and that was when I tried DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones for the first time. Even though the mics had a lot of different artists and vocal styles to contend with, they delivered really impressive results in terms of dynamic range, and I was very pleasantly surprised by how good they sounded. This

UK - Vaughan Sound has delivered an impressive audio-visual scheme for multi-national professional services company Arup.

The global independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists appointed the South Wales-based integrator to install a range of audio, video and sound technology at their Cardiff offices.

Working closely with the client's in-house staff in order to meet the complex brief, Vaughan Sound has provided an AV rich, multi-functional presentation suite. It offers an environment for showcasing BIM (Building Information Modelling), video conferencing for efficient communication with clients and affiliate offices around the world, as well as corporate entertainment purposes.

The centrepiece of the project is a stunning landscape video wall, which comprises 15 Samsung UD55D premium large format displays, chosen for their ultra n

USA - The 1966 album Pet Sounds marked a seminal moment in the Beach Boys' Hall of Fame career. It was fitting, then, that one of the Beach Boys' most spirited recent performances took place before a large and appreciative crowds of pet care givers at the American Veterinary Medical Association convention in Boston.

Held at the Blue Hill Bank Pavilion outdoor amphitheatre adjacent to Rowes Wharf, the 38-song set concert offered the audience everything it could hope for on a beautiful summer evening, from a warm ocean breeze to the band's famous tight three- and four-part harmonies, to some evocative summertime images displayed on a video wall made of MVP Ta8 Curve LED panels from Chauvet Professional.

Image Productions Services used 60 of the 8.33mm pixel pitch modular LED panels to create a 20ft by 12ft flat video wall that was flown just behind the drum riser upstage

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