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bts-logoBTS promotes mental health resources at LDI 2022
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

USA - At LDI 2022, Behind the Scenes’ booth (#2551) will promote all the tools and resources available through BTS’ Mental Health Initiative alongside industry-themed holiday cards and decorations.
Visitors can also order signed copies of Queen: The Neal Preston Photographs with a show special of free shipping in the US. All proceeds go to support your colleagues in need who are seriously ill or injured and the Mental health Initiative.
On Saturday at 3:30 on the LDI Stage in the Circle Bar and Lounge join Steven Michelman, Founder of EPS, and Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes, for an in depth look into mental health challenges and the available support in our industry. Steven will be speaking publicly for the first time about his own mental health journey and about trying to provide a psychologically safe workplace for his employees.
Lori will speak about the Behind the Scenes Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Initiative and how it can benefit you, your family, and your colleagues. The presentation will provide an overview of the tool and resources developed specifically to support entertainment industry workers and promote mental health and psychological safety.

torsten-mundChristie Lites opens Berlin shop, expands rep team
Wednesday, 9 November 2022

Germany – Stage lighting and rigging specialist Christie Lites has opened a Berlin base to strengthen its Central Europe operations.
Located in the north of the city, Christie Lites’s Berlin shop, which is already fully operational, offers local industry expertise and a diverse and well-serviced inventory to the company’s existing network across the USA, Canada, and the UK.
Christie Lites CEO, Huntly Christie, comments: “We are pleased to be launching our European operations in Berlin, alongside the Clair team at the Black Box production facility. We have plenty more work to do to bring our operations to scale but are well on our way after only six months in the market.”
The new location has also seen Christie Lites expand its global account rep team, appointing respected industry professional Torsten Mund as their first account/rental representative based in Central Europe.
Torsten's focus will be on developing new business, strengthening client relationships in the region and offering project and kit support. He is well-known in the events industry, having worked for three decades in a wide range of positions, including as a technician, project manager and fixture rental professional.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Christie Lites – a company that I believe offers a very smart business philosophy,” says Mund. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to expand our services and support in Germany and across Europe, welcome new customers and enhance Christie Lites’s reputation as a client-focused, added value organisation.

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

Creative Careers - The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has launched a £950,000 careers programme aimed at giving young people from under-represented backgrounds opportunities in the creative industries. The Creative Careers Programme, which will include theatres, is being led by ScreenSkills, and will target 53 priority areas across the country, including Barking and Dagenham, Wolverhampton, Rotherham, Slough and Swindon, the DCMS said.
Delivery partners include Get Into Theatre, One Dance UK, UK Music, UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre. The programme aims to help young people from under-represented backgrounds "break into the creative industries" and will offer guidance on careers, help pay for lesson plans, establish a dedicated careers website and provide training for careers advisers.
ScreenSkills chief executive Seetha Kumar said: “It is difficult to contemplate a career you don’t even know about, which is why we are delighted to be working with so many innovative partners to ensure we can secure a strong and inclusive workforce that meets the demands of our brilliant, fast-paced sectors." In addition, creative businesses in six English regions are to benefit from a £17.5m funding pot to help them expand and create new jobs under a programme called the Create Growth Programme.
Disposable Income - Four in 10 theatregoers who purchase the cheapest price band of tickets are concerned about having a fall in disposable income in the coming months. The findings from the October 2022 UK Performing Arts Survey f

 
showmans-showShowman’s Show records increased attendance
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

UK - With more than 100 new exhibitors, a number of product launches and a 25 per cent increase in visitor numbers year on year, Newbury Showground was ‘abuzz with all things event related’ when The Showman’s Show 2022 headed there from 19 – 20 October.
Visitors to the show this year included End of The Road Festival, IMG, Royal International Air Tattoo, Festival Republic, Wimbledon, Goodwood Motorsports, London Marathon, EnTEEtainment, Live Nation and VIP Nation, Formula E, National Eisteddfod of Wales and Cheltenham Festivals.
Event director Jeremy Lance comments, “We knew in the lead up to The Showman’s Show 2022 that there was a real desire for the industry to come together. For many it was important to discuss the events of the summer; the challenges faced within the supply chain, rising costs, staff shortages etc. but also to look forward and begin putting plans in place for 2023.”
This viewpoint is supported by many of the show exhibitors. Ozan Pakyz of Simpliwifi said: “We had an absolute corker of a show with over 250 stand visits and we have secured a number of deals already directly as a result of the show.”
“What a huge success it was showcasing our products at The Showman’s Show. Our newest addition, The Nest drew quite the crowd,” adds Lauren Halstead of Zoo Events
Shaun Pearce of Pearce Hire was impressed with the focus on sustainability at The Showman’s Show 2022, saying: “There's no denying that this year's event put sustainability where it should be; at the forefront. It's clear that the mi

 
 
stricklandBandit’s Strickland calls for unified approach
Tuesday, 8 November 2022

USA - More than 350 touring professionals, students and mentors gathered at Nashville's SoundCheck rehearsal studios for the 11th Annual Touring Career Workshop (TCW). There they participated in workshops and heard from experts from a variety of fields including affordable health care, tax and savings advice, mental health wellbeing, personal safety, diversity and touring as well as giving back.
Bandit Lites chair and founder, Michael T. Strickland delivered the keynote address where he addressed current legislation before Congress and the industry’s need of The Entertainment Association.
“As we returned back live to our flagship event after a three-year hiatus, we were truly honoured to have Michael Strickland join us to talk about the work he has been doing with Congress and his fantastic initiative with the Entertainment Association,” said Chris Lisle, co-founder and executive director of TCW.
In the event of another industry wide shut down, the entertainment industry requires a single organisation as a representative before Congress. With no PAC, Lobby, or unified NAICS Code to establish the industry’s real size, legislators cannot and will not listen to the thousands of voices from the entertainment sector.
“I want to thank Chris Lisle and Erik Parker for their dedication to the industry and for holding this very important event,” said Strickland. “Huge numbers of people gain greatly from this amazing gathering. I was proud that TCW was the world premiere of The Entertainment Association informational tour as we educate p

 
lipaLIPA takes delivery of third pair of Audients
Monday, 7 November 2022

UK - Two new Audient consoles have been installed at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) just in time for the new term. They are the third pair of large format Audient desks at LIPA - and the first ASP8024 Heritage Editions.
This purchase is part of phase one of a refresh of the studios, with the desks settling in very well from the get-go. “Obviously returning students feel right at home, with nothing significantly different to learn, just some great new features to explore,” says LIPA’s head of sound technology, Jon Thornton.
The ASP8024-HE was designed to produce the same, smooth clean sound as the original Audient console design from 1997, with a few key improvements. Upgrades include Vintage Mix Bus processing, John Hardy Op Amps on the mix bus output, powerful new additions to the Mix Bus Compressor - and more.
Jon specified Audient desks - again - appreciating the clear, simple, intuitive yet flexible design that originally appealed 20 years ago. Since their arrival, he has been enjoying experimenting with the new features. “Obviously the Retro Iron feature is the most obvious difference with the Heritage Edition version, and it’s far more obvious sonically than I was expecting it to be - in a good way.! But it’s some of the little things I like most,” he says. “The new monitor pot is gorgeous, the reworked labelling is very clear and I love the footswitch capability for talkback.”
Each Audient ASP8024-HE console is semi-modular, offering both standard configurations and many bespoke layout possibiliti

 
 
guidance-note-w2ABTT launches guide on mental health & well-being
Monday, 7 November 2022

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) has launched Guidance Note W2: Mental health and well-being in the workplace – A practical guide to conducting Stress Risk Assessments and creating well-being policies. This is the second in the ABTT’s ‘W series of Guidance Notes which deal with legal duties and best practice for ensuring the welfare of all workers.
Guidance Note W2 is launched to coincide with International Stress Awareness Week 7-11 November 2022.1 The guide provides guidance for risk assessing stress in the workplace. It is closely aligned with the HSE’s current advice provided as part of the Working Minds campaign2 . The guidance note offers concise guidance and a step-by-step methodology by which to begin risk assessing work related stress.
Guidance Note W2 is part of the Code of Practice for the Theatre Industry in the UK which is produced by the ABTT with the support of the national Theatre Safety Committee and which is recognised by the HSE as an Established Standard.
Work-related stress is a major cause of occupational ill health and can cause severe physical and psychological conditions in workers. It can also lead to poor productivity and human error, increased sickness absence, increases in accidents, high staff turnover and poor performance.
HSE statistics show that work-related stress is a significant issue with more than 15.4m working days lost as a result of stress, anxiety or depression. This equates to an estimated cost of £5.2 billion.3 Stress, anxiety and depression ar

 
nx-newcastleNX Newcastle opens with Beabadoobee
Thursday, 3 November 2022

UK - Beabadoobee, the first full band show at Electric Group’s NX Newcastle, and similarly sold-out turns by localist Andrew Cushin, Liverpool hitmakers the Wombats and London post-punkers Black Midi, amplify the new venue’s accessibility, standard-setting sightlines, sound and provision.
Up the stairs into the main room, via Instagrammable city colours décor and the NX logo, ticketholders are met with a full, unmitigated view of the stage.
The sound system features Encore’s d&b J Series PA, driven by Allen & Heath desks.
John Tinline, managing director at Encore Sounds, says: “We spec’d the PA by committee, working with Electric Group and the architect, developing the original want for a ‘facsimile of the system in Electric Brixton’, which works so well, to accommodate the tiers at NX. It’s a great sounding room.”
The 1,550 strong Beabadoobee crowd, predominantly teens/20-somethings, take full advantage of the next generation space. They fill the sprung dancefloor and the tiered galleries/platforms – a product of Electric Group’s initiative to cut the distance between performer and audience – as Beabadoobee, picked out by the Chauvet Maverick lighting rig, plays in front of the cover of her Beatopia album cast across the 7m by 6m video wall behind the band.
The artist experience at NX Newcastle is equally 2020s. Incoming events are guaranteed a clear stage, house equipment packed away in the substantial storage provision, three carpeted dressing rooms downstairs, each with its own bathroom/show

 
 
pitbulltour1Pitbull Can’t Stop Us Now with JBL VTX
Thursday, 3 November 2022

USA - Thunder Audio recently powered Pitbull’s Can’t Stop Us Now tour with JBL Professional VTX line array systems and Crown amplifiers in stadiums and amphitheatres across North America.
Following the success of his I Feel Good Tour in 2021, Pitbull’s Can’t Stop Us Now 2022 Tour is presented by Live Nation and features performances by Iggy Azalea and Sirius XM’s Globalization DJs in addition to the Cuban-American superstar himself. The 50+ date North American tour began in Raleigh, North Carolina in July and concluded in Hollywood, Florida on 19 October.
Pitbull’s veteran front-of-house engineer Will Madera and production manager Victor Martinez hired Thunder Audio to supply a complete stadium-ready JBL VTX system for the three-month tour. With the help of system engineer Nick Turner, the audio team selected and designed a touring sound solution consisting of VTX line array speakers and subwoofers, powered by Crown amplifiers.
“I wanted the unique sound that the JBL VTX Series provides,” said Will Madera, front-of-house engineer with Pitbull. “We needed a system that could simultaneously deliver an urban sound and a pop sound. The VTX system checks all the boxes we were looking for on this tour, which requires me to mix a live band with an urban pop sound. The system response is balanced with plenty of lows and translates my mix very clearly. I definitely look forward to carrying JBL VTX line arrays on future tours.”
The tour’s sound system features numerous speaker models from the VTX family of pro sound

 
dove-awards-maverick-cityBandit Lites illuminates GMA Dove Awards
Thursday, 3 November 2022

USA - The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards gathered in Nashville ‘to celebrate Christian and Gospel performers, fellowship and honour God’. The performance packed night also saw Grammy Award-winning CeCe Winans named as Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for her No. 1 Billboard hit, Believe for It.
While the theme of the awards was Sound of Heaven, production designer Scott Moore worked hard to make sure the visuals were just as phenomenal, selecting a linear design that gave the set a contemporary take on a classic Art Deco look.
“I attempted to incorporate that linear concept into everything from truss layout, scenic choices and the Edgelight installation while leaving (lighting designer) Mark Carver the ability to insert lighting fixtures in a variety of locations,” said Moore. “The end result was a clean and efficient design aesthetic that accommodated the various requirements of award shows including a large performance space, a location for hosts, a location for presenters/award recipients and the ability to get personnel, equipment and talent on and off stage safely and efficiently.”
The night featured performances from a host of genres, including rock, soul, rap, bluegrass, pop and country performers on the same stage.
“It is our goal that each artist’s lighting look be totally unique in colour and tone while ensuring the overall variety of lighting looks within the show,” said Carver.
Bandit Lites supplied more than 320 fixtures for the awards including Ayrton Khamsin S, Chauvet Maverick MK Pyxis for

 
 
sziget-capitalsound-mainstage2-9900000000079e3cSziget Festival returns with Martin Audio MLA
Thursday, 3 November 2022

Hungary - The long-standing relationship between Capital Sound (part of the Solotech UK Group) and the major week-long Hungarian Sziget Festival, resumed this year after the two-year hiatus.
This six-day event on the Danube - situated on the remote Hajógyári Island (Óbudai-sziget), north of Budapest - draws between 500,000-600,000 visitors, and always pulls a major list of global superstars across its stages. This year was no exception, with Dua Lipa, Arctic Monkeys, Stromae, Kings of Leon, Lewis Capaldi, Tame Impala, Nina Kravitz and Sam Fender among the many familiar faces.
The technical infrastructure included Martin Audio’s MLA loudspeaker array, which has been a regular and reassuring sight for audiences and visiting sound crews alike on main stage since 2015.
According to Robin Conway, Solotech senior technical advisor, the main stage sound design continues to evolve as the production team strives for increased perfection, once again working alongside Hungarian audio crew chief and system designer, Marci Mezei, and local Martin Audio partners, BG Event.
They were fortunate to be able to benefit once again from the huge experience of Mezei, who has been involved with Sziget since 2001, initially starting on the smallest Pesti Est stage, before working up to main stage since 2004. And he ensured the partnership with Solotech once again produced a slick outcome.
BG Event provided auxiliary support for an inventory which included nearly 200 enclosures deployed on main stage alone, along with rigging, cabling, racks, chain hoists a

 
absen-virtual-production-forum-2022-absen-pl2VP Forum records successful London launch
Thursday, 3 November 2022

UK - Absen partnered with PSCo, Garden Studios and cinematography hire house Procam Take 2, to host the inaugural edition of its Virtual Production Forum on 20 October. Held in Garden Studios’ dedicated VP production facility, the event combined talks, panel discussions and educational content, alongside a scripted live action VP short Going Home, complete with acting, direction, and editing, all played out in real time.
Introducing the day, Brian Macauto, VP industry development director for Absen said: “We are increasingly seeing the impact of LED in filmmaking, and we are pleased to be supporting the virtual production trend with this event. We have put together an event today which helps to explain the latest innovative tech and to highlight the possibilities - we see this vibrant market as full of potential and we want to continue to collaborate with exciting partners in this industry to keep pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve together.”
The team created a film theatre environment in the VP Studio, using the Absen PL2.5 Pro V10 as the backdrop. The Virtual Production Forum began with a VP, where are we now? talk and went on to include sessions covering VP build, workflows, and pipelines, as well as panel discussions that saw industry professionals share their experiences of working in VP, and amongst other insights, offer advice on how to upskill to take advantage of the new opportunities opening up thanks to the explosion of interest in VP.
Film industry technologist and Absen’s newly appointed VP consultant,

 
 
munichGärtnerplatztheater relies on Sennheiser Digital 6000
Thursday, 3 November 2022

Germany - The State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz, commonly known as the Gärtnerplatztheater, was opened in 1865 and its late-classical façade still characterises the ambience of the square in the centre of Munich that gives it its name. Last year, the theatre was converted to digital microphone technology from Sennheiser.
The repertoire of the Gärtnerplatztheater includes performances from all areas of musical theatre, from musicals and modern operettas to revues. The main performance venue is the grand auditorium, which is designed as a classical tiered theatre (balcony with a central box and three galleries) and can accommodate an audience of just under 900 people.
Dirk Buttgereit has been head of the sound department at the Gärtnerplatztheater since 2003. “We’ve been using Sennheiser wireless solutions for many years,” Buttgereit reports. “Even back in the 1980s, the theatre was already equipped with wireless systems from Sennheiser. These included a system working in the VHF range, which we operated with an impressive 12 channels. As part of a refurbishment in 2007, we acquired 24 Sennheiser wireless channels from the 3000 series. In 2014, we added 12 channels from the 2000 series, making a total of 36 channels available overall.”
Buttgereit adds: “In summer 2021, the acquisition of a new digital mixing console gave us the ideal opportunity to convert the entire Gärtnerplatztheater to state-of-the-art digital wireless systems. Nowadays, there are so many wireless signals in the air even inside a theatre that the Sennheiser digital m

 
live-at-the-marquee-corkPower Logistics to open permanent base in Cork
Thursday, 3 November 2022

Europe - Sustainable event power specialist, Power Logistics, has announced plans for its expansion into Europe. The first stage of this development programme is the establishment of a permanent base in Cork, Ireland. To better serve the needs of its Irish client base, Power Logistics has identified that having both an experienced team as well as equipment permanently based there will allow the company to deliver temporary power solutions efficiently and cost-effectively to the events and entertainment industry.
Power Logistics has been supporting Ireland’s premier outdoor events and concerts for over 15 years. This summer has seen the company deliver temporary power solutions for the numerous shows held within Live at the Marquee, Cork, and Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, alongside high-profile acts such as Garth Brooks and Elton John.
Commenting on this recent development, Power Logistics’ director, Pete Wills, stated “We have been operating successfully and delivering temporary power solutions to some of Ireland’s most prestigious events for more than 15 years now and, post-pandemic, we only see this expanding further. There is a real opportunity for growth and, whilst having equipment and personnel permanently based in Ireland, we can ensure we remain competitive. This also supports our ability to deliver sustainable solutions which remains a key focus for the business.”
Further announcements regarding Power Logistics’ expansion programme across Europe will follow in the coming months.

 
 
koreaKoil Corporation to distribute HH in South Korea
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

South Korea - HH Electronics, part of the Headstock Group of companies, has announced the appointment of Koil Corporation as its official distribution partner in South Korea. Koil will work closely with both HH and Generation AV, HH’s appointed sales agency in the region.
Koil’s president, Jo Mi Jung, is enthusiastic about the new partnership: "Koil Corporation is thrilled to work with HH Electronics, a company with long history and clear passion for the audio industry. HH Electronics’ product line-ups will be optimal choice not only for our sales channels but also for end-users."
Ian Wright, Headstock’s director of global sales agrees, “We’re very happy to be embarking on this exciting new partnership with Koil and look forward to seeing the HH brand continue to grow and thrive within the region. As a highly professional, well-respected company with a very talented and experienced team, Koil is the perfect partner for HH in Korea. We look forward to building a strong, long-term relationship with them.”
James Laney, Headstock CEO, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Koil. We share a mutual goal to fulfil the potential for HH products in Korea and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

 
Contacta enters Portuguese market with NAUTA
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Portugal - Contacta Systems is hoping to increase sales in Portugal through a new partnership with established distributor, NAUTA.
Founded in 1992, NAUTA is well-known for its portfolio of security solutions and fire safety products, as well as its audio systems, and represents many major brands.
With Portugal having recently become a member of CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, EN 17210 accessibility standards now apply to public buildings in the country and demand for assistive listening products is predicted to increase.
Head of business development at Contacta, Ran Meyrav, said; “This new partnership will enable us to meet the needs of installers and specifiers across Portugal, looking to meet the accessibility standards. In NAUTA we have found an ideal partner with great technical understanding and the right channels to market for both assistive listening and our security products. NAUTA’s strong reputation, comprehensive coverage and wealth of experience make them a perfect partner for us, and we look forward to a successful relationship.”
NAUTA’s commercial director, Gil Azevedo, said: “We are excited to have established this partnership with Contacta. The relationship is part of a project to ensure the safety of people in buildings, with improved communication for those who have hearing difficulties. In our meetings, we discovered the potential we can have with Contacta products and the benefits of this partnership.
“The vertical market in Portugal needs greater awareness of assisti

 
 
eawhangzhou-esports-center4EAW meets challenges of Hangzhou Esports Centre
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

China - Hangzhou Esports Centre, the first professional esports venue in China, recently opened its doors to esports professionals. The starship-shaped venue is a suitable fit for the futuristic and science-fiction feel of esports, but due to the large event space with a long reverberation time, it was a challenge to find an audio system that could achieve the extremely high requirements for esports competitions.
Tasked with providing the overall solution for the Hangzhou Esports Centre project, Zhejiang Dafeng Industry Co, along with AV distributor and provider, EZPro, designed and delivered a comprehensive PA system utilising a range of products from Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW).
The venue’s new PA system consists of 36 EAW KF810P line array systems, 12 EAW SB818P|F single 18-inch subwoofers, six EAW SB180zP compact high-output subwoofers, and fill speakers from EAW’s catalogue. The system was also designed with EASE4.4 and EAW Resolution sound field simulation software.
The 36 EAW KF810Ps are divided into six groups of six to achieve even sound coverage throughout the esports centre, while the SB818P|F single 18-inch subwoofers are hung above each group of the full-range line arrays to extend the lower cut-off. All the loudspeakers are centrally hung above the four-side LED funnel-shaped screens inside the venue.
Additionally, on the ground are six EAW SB180zP subwoofers to provide surging low-frequency energy to enhance the intense atmosphere of esports competitions and so the players can accurately hear the returned audio signal and

 
kennedy-house-2Chauvet creates retro looks at Kennedy House
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Japan - Kennedy House, a noted nightspot in Tokyo’s Ginza area reflects the classic hits popular in Japan from the 1960s through the 1980s.
The Hibino Lighting team kept this goal firmly in mind when redesigning the lighting rig at the club, which opened its Ginza branch in 1985. “Songs from the classic era make up most of the music at this venue,” said Hiroshi Adachi of Hibino Lighting. “Most of the clientele grew up in that era. They come here to enjoy a meal, listen to music, and have fun. So, we wanted to create lighting that contributed to this atmosphere without interfering with the artists on stage.”
Evoking the right atmosphere was only part of the Hibino team’s mission. They also had to ensure that their design would be camera friendly, since Kennedy House videos these performances for streaming. They achieved both goals with a balanced, flexible rig that features 42 Chauvet Professional fixtures from Hibino’s own lighting inventory.
Drawing on his experience as a lighting designer for Japanese TV music programmes, Adachi designed a rig that enlivens the stage without creating distractive images on camera. For example, understanding how the round light of a follow spotlight behind the stage could sometimes spoil the scenery, he arranged fixtures so that front light would brighten up the performers wherever they walked on the stage.
Additionally, he placed moving lights so they create richly textured gobo images on the background. By doing so he ensured that a bright, engaging background would fill the video screen even w

 
 
tentsStructures International offers broad mix
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Germany - Structures International – which is to be held at Messe Dortmund between 8 and 10 November – is set to cover ‘every aspect of the tent and marquee sector’. Europe's new trade show for temporary space solutions is to offer a one-stop-shop experience, focusing not just on temporary structures, portable buildings and tents of all varieties, but also on a wide range of accessories, decorative and functional equipment plus a host of service offerings.
The show will be supported by a packed supporting programme featuring a host of subject-matter highlights.
As well as established names in marquees and tentage, portable buildings and roofing such as Röder Zelt und Veranstaltungsservice, HTS Tentique, HR-Structure, Oostdam Flexzelt International, Eurostrechtents Deutschland, Skyliner and Stadur Productions GmbH, the exhibition will also showcase specialist businesses offering equipment for function and convenience.

 
tampereworkerstheatrecomefromawaycopyrightkarisunnariTampere theatre gets smart with zactrack
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Finland - A zactrack SMART real time tracking system has been installed on the Main Stage at the Tampere Workers’ Theatre (Tampereen Työväen Teatteri - TTT) in Tampere, Finland, where it is being utilised by both the audio and lighting departments.
The building housing this 800-capacity stage was completed in 1985, its 20m width making it the second largest stage in Finland. The Theatre’s repertory programme presents Finnish plays, world literature classics and a diverse and vibrant range of musicals.
In 2020, they invested in L-Acoustics L-ISA immersive audio technology which brought the requirement for a leading-edge tracking product that would work for both audio and lightin,g explained Pauli Molnar, sales manager from zactrack’s Finnish distributor, Intersonic based in Espoo.
In the initial months of using L-ISA, it soon became apparent that accurate, good quality tracking was essential to take full advantage of its dynamics, directionality, and creative potential - without embroiling sound designers and engineers in substantial amounts of programming time.
Controlling the sound inputs manually, especially for some of the large-scale musicals staged at TTT, was not a practical option, but getting the right tracking system onboard was a viable solution, so they started looking at options.
The theatre’s head of sound Jarkko Tuohimaa and lighting technical manager Sami Rautaneva worked closely together with TTT’s sound designer Kalle Nytorp and lighting designer Eero Auvinen in assessing different systems with their respecti

 
 
berlinLEDcave Berlin chooses Brompton’s processing
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Germany - As a virtual production and XR studio for film, advertising, live events and more, LEDcave aims to make high-tech media production accessible for all types of media teams and budgets.
Earlier this year, the company collaborated with soup.filmproduktion to bring the vision of German multinational home improvement supplies retailer, OBI, into reality, by utilising LEDcave’s most advanced studio in Berlin for OBI’s summer campaign Du must nicht alles wissen. Frag uns! Alles machbar mit OBI (You don’t have to know everything. Ask us! Everything is possible with OBI). Filmed under the direction of Justin Izumi, the giant LED volume powered by Brompton LED processing was used to extend reality by blending ultra-realistic virtual backgrounds and the physical set together.
“The aim of the OBI summer campaign was to inspire people to finally start the DIY projects they had always dreamed of doing, with OBI experts either in store or on the heyOBI App to help with some useful tips and tricks,” says LEDcave’s CEO Thilo Strack. “Video production was started during the winter season, so our LEDcave Berlin facilities were ideal for the project as we could easily recreate a summery outdoor atmosphere with our virtual production and XR stage.”
In addition to an elaborate set construction split into different themed areas, and features such as artificial turf and a mix of real and virtually created plants, visual imagery was created in 3D environments by a team of LEDcave Unreal Artists so backgrounds could be easily changed in real time to

 
renkus-heinzRenkus-Heinz Iconyx rejuvenates Greenville church
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

USA - Nestled in the small-town charm of Greenville, Mississippi’s historic downtown, St. Joseph Catholic Church is rich with culture and community. Every week, parishioners come together under the high ceilings and stately archways of the nave, where light from stained-glass windows floods into the sanctuary.
While the stunning architecture suits the sacred music of the parish choir, the space’s design led to difficulties with spoken word intelligibility. The old sound system was unable to compensate for the demands of the space, but a generous donation allowed St. Joseph Catholic to meet the community’s needs with an audio upgrade: a new Iconyx sound system from Renkus-Heinz.
Church leadership consulted Allen Cotton, solutions architect with Mississippi-based integrator Sound & Communications, to design a new system that would cover the entire sanctuary – without intruding on the space’s architectural beauty. With a history of collaborating on several similar projects, Sound & Communications looked to independent manufacturer’s representative Richard Hembree of Griffith Sales Associates to assist with the details.
“During the initial consultation with the client, I learned of the challenges faced with the highly reverberant architecture,” said Cotton. “St. Joseph Catholic is a beautiful and historic space, and I knew that delivering on audio quality along with aesthetics was of utmost importance. Renkus-Heinz has served us well in similar spaces previously, and we chose the Iconyx loudspeakers because they look great and

 
 
claypakylykmusical1photo-courtesy-of-aiwei-and-srtTambora Battens centre stage on LKY Musical
Wednesday, 2 November 2022

Singapore - Believed to be the first production in Singapore to feature Claypaky’s Tambora Batten, the revival of The LKY Musical recently concluded its run at the Sands Theatre at the Marina Bay Sands. Lighting designer Gabriel Chan chose 24 of the high-powered batten fixtures to provide backlighting and effects lighting for the show, presented by Aiwei and Singapore Repertory Theatre.
The LKY Musical is one of the most successful Singaporean shows of all time and the first large-scale musical to play the Sands Theatre in more than two years. The production opened to a sold out run at its debut in 2015 and was nominated for several categories in the Straits Times’ Life! Theatre Awards, including best lighting design by Gabriel Chan.
The production is based on the life of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew. It spans about 30 years from British colonial rule to WWII’s Japanese occupation to the fight for independence, which was granted in 1965. Covering that much time and so many momentous events in 150 minutes meant “the pace of storytelling had to be brisk,” notes Chan.
“The set design was a multi-storey build reminiscent of ‘The Hollywood Squares,’” he explains. “A combination of flying set flats and sliders revealed the action driving the narrative while another space was set up for the next scene. Projection design used the flown set flats and sliders as projection surfaces to deliver not just background but also information critical to the story.”
According to Chan, “because of the mu

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 1 November 2022

Open Air Abba - Mamma Mia! is to perform outside at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre next year to celebrate 24 years since the show premiered in London in April 1999. The show will run at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, the largest open-air concert arena in the UK, from 14-18 June 2023, as part of the show’s UK & International Tour. It marks the return of theatre to the venue, which has hosted music acts in recent years. More than 30,000 tickets are on sale for the six performances.
Creator and producer Judy Craymer said: “We are so excited to be bringing Mamma Mia! to Scarborough Open Air Theatre next summer. With its heart-warming story told through the wonderful music of ABBA, Mamma Mia! lends itself perfectly to the outdoors.”
Closure Threat - The future of a Manchester music venue which has hosted bands such as Wet Leg, Elbow and the Arctic Monkeys hangs in the balance after a noise complaint. Owners of the Night & Day Cafe will appear in court this month over alleged breaches of statutory noise levels. It comes after Manchester City Council issued the venue with a noise abatement notice last year. If found in breach, the bar - which has been a Northern Quarter staple for more than 30 years - could close.
The row centres on a complaint from neighbours in an adjoining property, which has recently been converted for residential use. Owner Jennifer Smithson, daughter of the late founder and Manchester icon Jan Oldenburg, has said she now "faces an impossible task". Ms Smithson said to comply with the requirements of the a

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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