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prgayrtonteamvisual1920x1080pxPRG boosts LED luminaire range with Ayrton
Friday, 1 April 2022

World - PRG has given its moving light range a major boost by committing to an investment of over 1,000 automated LED luminaires from Ayrton, adding a selection of Huracán Profiles, Domino Profiles, Eurus Profiles, Perseo and Khamsin fixtures, which will be spread over the different depots in the US, EMEA and APAC region.
Recently celebrating its 20th year Ayrton has continued to focus on LED source lighting and has emerged as a market leader in that technology. Ayrton also prides itself in boasting a net carbon goal in its manufacturing and delivery ethos, developing high density sustainable packaging to ensure its fixtures are able to be shipped in as small a footprint as possible, which is definitely not negligible in PRG’s steps to increase its green footprint.
Michael Althaus, global sales director at Ayrton states: “We are excited to welcome PRG into the fast growing, global Ayrton family and them recognising the current but, even more importantly, the future potential of our brand. Let me also point out that without the strong and ongoing support of our distributors ACT in the US, Ambersphere in the UK, Face in Belgium, Menzi in Switzerland and NMK in Dubai this would not have been possible. What a combined group effort. That’s what we call the Ayrton spirit.”
Gary Boyd, executive vice president and COO PRG EMEA, comments: “Ayrton being at the forefront of LED technology, our choice for their automated LED luminaires was obvious. We clearly see an increase of demand for this type of lighting fixture amongst the lighting designers a

fiariedelRiedel named FIA sports telecoms partner
Friday, 1 April 2022

Europe - Riedel Communications has announced that the company has been named the official supplier of motor sports telecommunications for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). After a two-decade relationship between the two organisations, Riedel will now supply the FIA with hardware and software technologies to take safety, sustainability, and innovation across all global FIA championship series to the next level.
Peter Bayer, FIA secretary general for sport and FIA F1 executive director, said, “The FIA's decision to name Riedel as an official supplier of its motor sports communication is a result of a trusted relationship over two decades. It illustrates our shared commitment to use the most advanced technologies, with the safety and sustainability requirements that we have for all our championships.”
Communications and signal distribution solutions provided by Riedel for FIA motor sports events include: the pioneering MediorNet distributed video infrastructures, which combine signal transport, routing, processing, and conversion in a redundant real-time network; the scalable Artist digital intercom network; the award-winning Bolero wireless intercom system; and a variety of specialized headsets and handheld radios.
“This partnership has been a long time in the making. Over the past 20 years, FIA and Riedel have been constantly inspiring one another to push the envelope of innovation even further,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO, and founder of Riedel Group. “We're thrilled to be officially joining the FIA's efforts to promote h

 
 
boschGFR becomes Bosch Building Automation
Thursday, 31 March 2022

Germany - GFR (Gesellschaft für Regelungstechnik und Energieeinsparung) has been part of Bosch Building Technologies since 2019 and is changing its name to Bosch Building Automation effective 1 April.
The company’s portfolio comprises complete automation solutions for the operation of buildings on a sustainable basis and related services with a comprehensive range of hardware and software. “We are achieving strong growth with connected building automation and energy efficiency solutions that are planned and implemented on a highly customized basis in close cooperation with our customers. The Bosch brand will open more doors for us and give us the opportunity to position ourselves even more prominently on the market for building automation,” explains Volker Westerheide, managing director of GFR.
The building automation specialist will continue to market its products under the Digicontrol product brand.
GFR has over 40 years of experience and currently employs around 300 associates at nine locations in Germany. Its building automation solutions are used in numerous sectors, from kindergartens to major cultural and educational institutions, shopping malls and hospitals. For example, solutions from GFR form the control centre for the technical building equipment at the prestigious Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg.
“We are pleased to now work with Bosch Building Automation under the Bosch brand together. This underlines our strength as a system integrator to offer our customers holistic solutions from a single source for building se

 
esta-exc-and-bill-sapsisESTA acquires NATEAC
Thursday, 31 March 2022

USA - ESTA has announced the North American Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (NATEAC) as the newest addition to its community. The association is to be the new host of the quadrennial conference, the fifth iteration of which will take place July 2024 in New York.
Created by Bill Sapsis of Sapsis Rigging, NATEAC was first produced in 2008. Since then, it has been bringing together the architects, engineers, consultants, and manufacturers who are responsible for designing, building, and renovating theatres. NATEAC also facilitates communication between those groups and end users. Over the course of a weekend, conference-goers attend panels and exchange ideas at social events like an evening boat cruise in New York Harbour, dinner at Sardi’s, and a cocktail reception.
“I believe ESTA and NATEAC will be a natural fit,” Sapsis explains. “After 14 years of developing this conference, I’m looking forward to its continued growth under ESTA’s wing.” ESTA intends for Sapsis to continue to be a presence at future conferences as NATEAC’s director emeritus.
ESTA president Todd Spencer comments: “As an industry, we need to throw open the doors and include diverse voices to increase the value of networking events, training, and resources. Connecting the theatre, engineering, and architectural community that NATEAC serves with ESTA’s wide variety of members, our certifications programmes, and our technical standards creates immense value for everyone.” ESTA is also taking this opportunity to extend new benefits to members, inc

 
 
entourage-proEntourage Pro launches in full
Thursday, 31 March 2022

UK - Crewing platform Entourage Pro (EP) has launched its free to use and join freelance production crew resource. The service connects and sources freelance production crew and underpins traditional word-of-mouth methods for finding work and sourcing crew.
Partnered by major manufacturers of production technology including Robe, Avolites, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, MDG, Chainmaster and Marshall, EP is an online network of crew that has already secured thousands of members from over 60 countries around the world.
Initial uptake is being extended by EP’s partnership with Showcase Music, with the platform being promoted to over 350,000 rental companies, artists, labels, management, venues and production and tour managers from across the globe.
Searches by role, experience, availability, credentials, visas, rates, languages, qualifications and much more, gives the whole industry access to an unrivalled source of professional freelance crew from over 150 industry roles.
“The non-return rates of freelancers who had to leave the industry to find other work during the pandemic are frightening,” says EP director, Joel Perry. “We know the number of crew lost has reached into the 1000s, globally. Consequently, the opportunities presenting themselves for skilled video techs, riggers, staging, audio and lighting practitioners, are vast. EP can plug the gap quickly, efficiently and comprehensively.
“Entourage Pro was conceived well before the pandemic, and was able to act swiftly during lockdown,” adds fellow EP director, James Stanbri

 
mike-blackman-emilie-van-karnebeek-wendy-griffithsAV community supports Amsterdam children’s care unit
Wednesday, 30 March 2022

The Netherlands - The Jeroen Pit House, a new children’s transitional care unit in Amsterdam, is now completed and ready to welcome chronically ill children and their families when the facility officially opens on 11 May.
With support from the AV community, the building boasts a sophisticated systems integration tailored to the special needs of its users. At a celebratory event last week, Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events and Wendy Griffiths, VP engagement and global development at CEDIA were in attendance to congratulate the project team on this achievement.
The Jeroen Pit House has been championed by ISE, along with ISE’s co-owners CEDIA and AVIXA, since planning began more than three years ago. The build has been supported with generous contributions from the AV industry to complete the eight apartments, dedicated cinema and presentation room, the communal area and a state-of-the art entertainment space. The project is part of ISE’s legacy to Amsterdam, the city it called ‘home’ for 15 years, until the show moved to its new home at the Gran Vía, Fira de Barcelona last year.
Over 30 AV brands generously provided services and product for free. CEDIA award-winning residential integrator Woelf in Belgium, along with commercial integration expert AVEX in the Netherlands, worked together to design the complex integration. Contributors include ACT, Antratek, Apart, Arcam, Attero Tech, Audac, Audinate, Audipack, Barco, Belden, Biamp, Bose, Chief, Cisco, Crestron, GenericAV, Intronics, Kenwell, Kramer AV, Legrand, Logi

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 29 March 2022


In the Dark - COVID-19’s impact on the UK’s theatre industry has been widely understated in public discourse due to an "ongoing devaluation of the live arts", according to a report. Freelancers in the Dark is a research project undertaken between July 2020 and March 2022, funded by the UK Research and Innovation’s Economic and Social Research Council. It investigated the economic, cultural and social impact of COVID-19 on theatre’s freelance workforce and was led by Holly Maples at the University of Essex, in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Queen’s University, Belfast.
The report includes a series of recommendations for the industry informed by the previously published findings from a survey of 397 freelancers from November 2020 to March 2021, as well as 135 one-to-one interviews, focus groups and creative workshops. In the survey, 55% of respondents said they felt very or quite unsupported by organisations, compared with 19% who felt very or quite supported, while nearly three quarters (72%) felt more pessimistic about their future as a theatre freelancer.
Ukraine Aid - The Royal Court is staging a day of play readings in solidarity with Ukrainian theatre artists, including a live stream of Natal’ya Vorozhbit’s Bad Roads. The day-long event on 1 April will feature readings by 10 members of the Theater of Playwrights in Kyiv, telling their own stories about the war. They will be performed in the London venue’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs. The reading will also be live streamed on the Royal Court

 
portugalTPG acquires L-Acoustics Syva system
Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Poland - Formed in 2019, Technical Production Group (TPG) is a relative newcomer to the Polish market. Its age, however, belies the experience of its team, who have worked together on productions for many years. TPG has ensured end-to-end services for the conference and corporate events market, investing in an inventory of sound, lighting, multimedia, and broadcast solutions from the outset.
A recent opening of its own studio for live streaming events has added to its capacity to serve the market. Its latest technical acquisition is a Syva system, purchased from L-Acoustics certified provider distributor for Poland, Audio Plus. TPG chose Syva not only for its audio quality but also because it, as owner Piotr Badalski puts it, "is a beautiful piece of furniture."
“We looked at several solutions but found there was always a compromise between sound quality and the aesthetics of the cabinets,” says Badalski. “Syva, however, has the perfect combination of features, with the added advantage that two Syva and a Syva Low are sufficient for most of our projects. Of course, there are some venues where we need to add additional cabinets, but we’ve also invested in 5XT and know that using L-Acoustics Soundvision, we can always find the ideal configuration.”
This was illustrated at a recent event in the challenging auditorium of the Warsaw University of Technology, where a combination of stone walls, room height, and the presence of arcades unite to create multiple reflections. “As soon as you walk into the room, you can hear how bad it is,” Badal

 
 
gavin-thorrold-and-ben-bowlesCEG makes sustainable investment in Ayrton Diablo
Tuesday, 29 March 2022

UK - CEG is a UK-based independent equipment rental provider to all sectors of the technical entertainment industry in music, theatre, film, TV and corporate settings.
In March CEG made the first of a number of investments in Ayrton with a consignment of Diablo LED profile fixtures, purchased from Ayrton’s exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
“We chose Diablo because it is the trifecta of what you want a product to be: cost-effective, feature-full and very popular with our clients,” says CEG’s Ben Bowles. “Our core business is to supply industry providers, all of whom have been telling us that Diablo is the fixture they want and the key spot of its type for the foreseeable future, and we couldn’t agree more.”
Vitally, Bowles sees Diablo as cost-effective fixture with no compromise on features: “Our business is about giving our customers good value, and ultimately we wouldn’t buy a product that was compromised in terms of its feature set. Diablo is a good value product in that it’s priced attractively, yet gives 85%-90% of what you would get on a fixture that cost much more. From my perspective, they are up against fixtures that cost at least 50% more, which not only allows us to provide a product that creates a sustainable return for our business, but provides the customer with a compelling creative solution.
“In making up a concert or theatre show, there are areas where you need sheer volume to create a look. If you can use 600 fixtures that cost 50% less with very little loss of quality or impact, you are a

 
robe-patronaat-pat011124290Patronaat invests in Robe Esprites
Friday, 25 March 2022

The Netherlands - Robe Esprites have joined the house lighting rig at Patronaat in Haarlem, one of the core music venues in the northern Netherlands, which features two busy halls and a café area all hosting performances, a mix of rock and pop shows, club nights and dynamic music-based festival events.
The new fixtures were actually delivered at the start of 2020, but with successive Covid-19 lockdowns over the last 18 months, they have only started being used extensively since re-opening, explained head of lighting Robin van der Plas.
Lighting designers and the Patronaat’s own house lighting crew – including senior lighting technician Frits Barends – are loving the new moving lights.
Twenty-four Esprites are installed in the main 950-capacity main hall, with the other 12 in the smaller second hall space, making up a total of 36 luminaires, all of them making a major difference to the way shows can now be lit.
They effectively replace the first Robe fixtures in the house – 36 x MMX Spots purchased in 2012 from Robe’s Benelux distributor, Controllux.
In the two years before 2020, 14 Robe Spiider LED wash beams and 48 x LEDBeam 150s had also been added to the house rigs, together with 26 x ParFect 150s
Frits is delighted to have the Esprites in the rig. “Reliability is key,” he stated, adding that he likes the intensity, colour mixing and the shutters as well as “the speed of the fixture for programming”.
A Road Hog console provides control in both venues, and the small hall lighting rig is a scaled down

 
 
roscocheckpresentationbts2022Roscolux #359 supports Behind The Scenes
Thursday, 24 March 2022

USA - Rosco Laboratories continued their long-time support of the charity with a cheque presentation at USITT 2022, reflecting sales of Roscolux #359 Medium Violet.
Henry Cowen, live entertainment sales manager - North America, presented the cheque on behalf of Rosco, saying, “I am truly honoured to able to present this donation to our friends at Behind the Scenes this year. The work you do is so important to the industry we all call family, particularly in the past two years when so many of our colleagues and their families were negatively impacted by the pandemic. I speak for the entire Rosco family when I say Thank You for the work you do. We appreciate you, and we are committed to you.”
Tobin Neis, a BTS Board member, accepted the cheque on behalf of the charity, and commented, “It’s so gratifying to accept this donation from Rosco who was our very first Pledge-a-Product Partner. We know times have been tough for everyone and the sustained support Rosco has shown means an enormous amount to us and to those we help.”

 
digicoDiGiCo delivers versatility to Lithuanian theatre
Thursday, 24 March 2022

Lithuania - Keistuolių Theatre in Vilnius has reopened its doors after a two-year break to undergo a major overhaul of its underperforming sound system. The renovation brief required a versatile, modern audio system to optimise sonic distribution and quality around the venue, which led to the selection of DiGiCo, and its DiGiGrid networking solution, along with a compact S21 mixing console, as the centrepiece of the new system.
Opened in 1989, the theatre was originally built as a conference space, providing a multi-purpose setting to cater for various events. Consequently, the main hall suffered with poor acoustics when staging concert and theatre productions, causing the theatre major problems.
"We are a theatre that uses a lot of music in our performances, so the quality of sound is very important to us,” says Keistuolių Theatre director, Aidas Giniotis. “We had been tormented for a long time with inadequate acoustics and muddy sound, with waves hitting the back wall and gathering in the corners of the hall, and no degree of sound engineering could fix the problem.”
The decision was made to close the venue and consult a specialist firm to renovate the theatre and make it fit for purpose, with an improved audio system, new lighting, new chairs and better ventilation. Keistuolių Theatre reached out to national installation firm, Sonus Exsertus, which has a lot of experience implementing stage technology solutions in many Lithuanian cultural institutions.
Sonus Exsertus admits that it was faced with a difficult task, and this was one

 
 
partnerrecruitment-002Absen seeks to expand global partnership network
Thursday, 24 March 2022

Europe - LED manufacturer Absen has announced the start of a new recruitment phase in a bid to further expand its global partnership network.
Supporting the growth of the LED market, Absen – who currently operate in over 130 countries – is set to expand its global network of systems integrators and rental stagers by reaching out to other like-minded businesses who may apply to become an Absen partner representative in its commitment to remain market leaders globally.
Absen currently boasts 13 domestic and overseas offices, employing over 2,000 staff and representatives who are responsible for the completion of over 50,000 projects to date. To further establish the global partnerships already fostered from two decades in the LED industry, the company is committed to welcoming ‘businesses with similar ideologies, vision and drive’.
“We have, and will continue to experience, a huge expansion in the LED market. In line with this growth, we are committed to enhancing our existing network of valued partners,” states Laura Luo the vice president at Absen. “As technological advances are made with LED, and the applications in which LED can be used continues to evolve – so must our network of Absen representatives. There simply hasn’t been a better time for LED.”
Absen attributes its two decades of success as market leaders, pertaining to the same core values: honesty, gratitude and responsibility – and more importantly than ever before – sustainability.
“We are looking for potential partners who share the business ideol

 
ladysmithArtists support Ukraine benefit prize draws
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

UK - Artists including Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol, Elbow, The Chemical Brothers and George Ezra have announced a series of prize draws to benefit the Ukraine humanitarian aid appeal set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Each draw will be on sale for at least a week, with all proceeds being immediately paid over to the DEC once each draw ends. Winners will be drawn at random, with customers able to buy up to 10 draw tickets (at £5 each) at a time for each prize. You can purchase draw tickets at //ukraineappeal.seetickets.com.
Crosstown Concerts co-founder Conal Dodds comments: “We wanted to make as much of a difference as possible, beyond giving money. We contacted artists we know and got a great response and will be adding more unique experiences in the coming weeks.”
The first 10 prize draws have been confirmed as:
Ed Sheeran: three groups of three people can accompany Ed in his private hospitality box to watch an Ipswich Town home game
Elbow: attend one of the band’s 2022 UK headline shows, plus meet the band backstage
The Chemical Brothers: attend the band’s concert at Castle Howard, and win a limited-edition vinyl package from the band
Jack Savoretti: attend his show at Henley Festival on 10 July and share backstage drinks with him before the show
George Ezra: attend George’s show

 
 
prase-prPrase appointed Green Hippo distributor for Italy
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Italy - Green Hippo has appointed Prase Media Technologies as its new distributor in Italy.
Working on applications in the install, retail and rental channels, Prase will distribute the full range of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Media Servers and in addition, tvONE products.
“We are excited to announce Prase as the latest distributor for Green Hippo,” says Frithjof Becker, EMEA sales director, Green Hippo by tvONE. “Our goal is to continue developing the growth of Green Hippo product lines within the retail and rental markets in Italy. We can’t wait to see the next set of impressive projects featuring Green Hippo and tvONE products.”
“We welcome Green Hippo’s premium media servers in our catalogue, and are thrilled to offer to Italian professionals the best-in-class technologies for creating an engaging and stunning multimedia experience,” says Luca Battistelli, business manager at Prase Media Technologies. “The partnership pairs with Prase's growing video proposal, mainly projectors and LED walls.”
Hippotizer from Green Hippo will be on display at MIR Tech in Rimini with Prase on 27-29 March.

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Concert For Ukraine - Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol will all play at next week's Concert For Ukraine, which will be broadcast on ITV and STV. Emeli Sande, Becky Hill, Gregory Porter and Chic are also in the line-up, with more acts to be confirmed. Tickets for the concert, which will take place at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, go on sale today.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian appeal, which is providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance to refugees in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
ITV has also pledged that all sponsorship and advertising revenue generated from the broadcast - an estimated £3m - will be donated to the appeal. “I will be singing to try to help every human being forced to flee their home and in solidarity with those being racially discriminated against even within this humanitarian crisis,” says Sande in a statement. The show is being produced by ITV in conjunction with the Global radio network - which will broadcast live, behind-the-scenes coverage on its Heart and Capital stations.
City of Culture - Bradford, County Durham, Southampton and Wrexham have made the shortlist to be named UK City of Culture for 2025. A different location is given the title every four years. The winning place will be announced in May and will be the fourth holder, after Derry-Londonderry, Hull and the current City of Culture, Coventry. The title has brought £172m to Coventry, according to the government, as well as events like BBC Radio 1's Big Wee

 
 
swanseaAudiologic upgrades audio at Swansea.com Stadium
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - Audiologic has announced the delivery of an upgraded audio system for Swansea.com Stadium, using the latest QSC equipment, in collaboration with Vaughan Sound Installations.
Swansea.com Stadium is home to Swansea City FC and The Ospreys Rugby Club, hosting up to 21,000 spectators. Having previously overseen the installation of the AV solutions in the stadium’s conference suites, Audiologic client Vaughan Sound Installations was tasked with developing a scheme to enhance the professional audio, public address, and voice alarm systems throughout the stadium.
The project was to be implemented in two distinct phases. Phase one involved upgrades to the public address and voice alarm systems covering the concourses, hospitality areas, and turnstiles - in accordance with BS 5839-8.
Phase two required replacing the dated loudspeakers throughout the stadium bowl, which had been exposed to the elements for several years, as well as the amplification and system processing equipment.
The new systems needed to comply fully with current safety standards and Football Association guidelines for sound systems for emergency purposes.
Upgrades to the audio, public address, and voice alarm systems needed to be designed, specified, and installed in accordance with BS 5839-8, BS 7827, and BS 50849. Fundamentally, they had to work together in unison.
The system processors and control hardware, provided by Audiologic, included two QSC Q-SYS Core 510i DSP Processors in dual redundancy mode, fitted with a CDN64 Dante card, along with CIML4 and COL4

 
polaraudio-01Polar to distribute Pan Acoustics in UK and Ireland
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

UK - Polar will distribute the products of German audio solutions manufacturer Pan Acoustics across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Pan Acoustics specialises in sound reinforcement for challenging acoustic environments and works in the field of beam-steering technology.
Will Turney, head of Polar’s Integrated Solutions Division, comments: “Pan Acoustics offers a comprehensive range of products to address the most difficult audio challenges, whilst also meeting the aesthetic demands of architects and designers. Beam-steering technology is important in so many spaces where sound reflections can present real problems to clear reinforcement, so we are delighted to have added this industry-leading brand to our portfolio.
“Houses of worship, heritage settings, council chambers, transport hubs, education and conference facilities, where speech intelligibility is absolutely vital, are just some of the applications for which Pan Acoustics delivers high quality solutions. We are confident that our customers will benefit hugely from access to these superb products which are supported by a 10-year guarantee.”
Johannes Kampert, head of global sales at Pan Acoustics, adds: “Professional work, technical expertise and a very friendly relationship with clients and consultants are the first qualities that come to mind when I think of Polar. I’m excited that this level of service is now available to Pan Acoustics in the UK and Ireland.”
Udo Borgmann, CEO at Pan Acoustics, concludes: “Polar and Pan Acoustics is a perfect match. A long hi

 
 
digigram-axelDigigram Asia and AxelTech forge APAC pact
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Singapore - Digital audio network solutions specialist Digigram has sealed a distribution agreement with Italian broadcasting solutions specialist AxelTech. The deal means Singapore-based Digigram Asia will exclusively distribute AxelTech’s Falcon audio processors, Macrotel telephone hybrids and Oxygen Digital mixers ranges across the Asia Pacific region, excluding Japan and Vietnam.
Digigram Asia Pte also distributes Digigram, Auvitran and Barix audio solutions and equipment in APAC.
“The addition of AxelTech products to our portfolio is a significant move for Digigram as we are now capable to address our customers with full scale, high-end solutions for their broadcasting and studio needs,” states Singapore-based Nancy Diaz Curiel, Digigram’s director of sales, marketing and communications.
Enrico Vaccari, AxelTech’s director of sales adds “We are very excited to partner with Digigram to open new opportunities. AxelTech solutions will benefit from their broad coverage of the Asia Pacific territory, and the Singapore office providing expertise and support is a great asset to assist customers in achieving their broadcast projects.”

 
digicoDiGiCo and KLANG make US trade show return
Monday, 21 March 2022

USA - After a more than two-year hiatus from exhibiting at large-scale trade shows in North America, DiGiCo and KLANG will be at the National Association of Broadcasters Show (NAB) next month. Sharing a stand in Las Vegas Convention Centre’s Central Hall with fellow Audiotonix console brands Calrec and Solid State Logic, DiGiCo and KLANG’s presence at NAB marks their first return to the US since January 2020’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
“NAB is pro audio’s first big show of 2022, and we’re eagerly looking forward coming back to Las Vegas for the first time in three years,” says DiGiCo managing director Austin Freshwater. “We’ve missed being able to connect in person with our North American customers, dealers, reps, and other industry friends, and NAB is already shaping up to be a terrific reunion. We have so many exciting things to show and discuss, both from DiGiCo and KLANG, and we’re more than ready for this next step in returning to normal.”
Front-and-centre on DiGiCo’s real estate within the 30ft x40ft Audiotonix booth will be the company’s latest Quantum range of consoles, including the Quantum7, Quantum338, and Quantum225.
DiGiCo will also be showcasing several SD-Range and S-Series consoles, namely the SD12 96 and S31, in addition a variety of 4REA4 solutions for installed audio applications.
On the monitor mixing side of the stand, KLANG will be exhibiting three of its latest products: KLANG:konductor, KLANG:kontroller, and KLANG:vokal.
The new KLANG:konductor is the company’s most powerful a

 
 
westviewWestview Productions supports Behind the Scenes
Friday, 18 March 2022

USA - On the show floor at USITT, Westview Productions presented a check to Behind the Scenes to honour their Pledge-a-Service commitment to the charity. Westview is an entertainment, energy, and immersive technology solutions firm headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Their project process encompasses all aspects of design that integrates with all construction trades to ensure a cohesive and seamless project experience.
On presentation of the cheque, Eric Bloom, president, stated, “Westview is honoured to be able support Behind the Scenes, and to be able to give back to the community that has given so much to us all.”
Eddie Raymond accepted the cheque along with other members of the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors. Eddie commented, “We are very grateful to Westview for their contribution, and their understanding that it takes long-term commitment to truly make a difference in caring for our colleagues in need. We challenge other service companies to step up and become a Pledge-a-Service Partner.”

 
asteraAstera wins 2022 Bert Easey Technical Award
Friday, 18 March 2022

UK - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera collected the 2022 Bert Easey Technical Award which was presented at a gala event organised by the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, at the end of February.
Astera’s head of development, technical service, and product management Simon Canins collected the award, which was specifically for the company’s Titan LED engine, praised for its “mastery of LED technology, technical perfection and quality of light output”.
These awards were first presented by the BSC in 1951 and renamed in 1976 in honour of Bert Easey, head of the Camera Department at Denham and Pinewood Studios and integral to the formation of the Society.
“Of course, we are hugely honoured to receive this,” commented Astera sales director Sebastian Bückle. “All thanks go to our R ‘n’ D team for their ongoing hard work, imagination and foresight that ensures that we stay at the forefront of the fast-paced world of LED technology.”
Bert Easey Technical Award is added to a number of others recently received by Astera, with their Titan Tube product voted the 2021 Pro Moviemaker ‘Gear of The Year’ winner for ‘lighting innovation’. That same product has also picked up a PLASA Award for Innovation and a PLSN Gold Star Award.

 
 
fantektrussingFantek makes its mark at World Expo in Dubai
Friday, 18 March 2022

UAE - Fantek Industrial, part of the Equipson Group, is playing a key role at Expo Dubai 2020 by supplying all the rigging and structures needed to create audiovisual displays and performance stages in both the Spanish and Angola Pavilions.
The Angola Pavilion pays tribute to its indigenous traditions by taking inspiration from Sona geometry, the ancient art of sand drawing that has been used by generations of its citizens to transfer knowledge. Using interactive spaces and a multimedia show that combines different audiovisual technologies, the Pavilion highlights how traditional wisdom can be used as a starting point to develop innovative solutions to local and global problems. The Angola Pavilion’s central square also features a Fantek stage where leading African artists host daily performances.
Spanish company Eikonos was responsible for designing and installing the Pavilion's technical and audiovisual infrastructure. Project manager, Andrés Aguerri, says: "Having the direct support of the manufacturer from the early stages of the project allowed us to develop customized solutions that undoubtedly make the whole assembly easier."
His view was reinforced by Eikonos head rigger Justin Abio who adds: "As well as Fantek's light and resistant trusses, the company's range of accessories and components allowed us to place each element, each projector and each spotlight in exactly the right place."
Fantek products are also used in the Spanish Pavilion, which highlights sustainability and the historical connection between Spain and the Eastern

 
ayrton-ctCT takes first delivery of Ayrton in the Middle East
Friday, 18 March 2022

UAE - Creative Technology has announced that it is the first company in the Middle East region to have made a major investment in the latest Ayrton lighting fixtures.
Sam Connolly, head of lighting at CTME, comments, “Ayrton is recognised as a world class brand which always pushes technology and design to the limit. They are full of innovation, power, versatility, and unbeatable reliability and I am extremely excited to have these new fixtures added to our existing stock. The investment we have made is unique to the Middle East as we can now offer our clients premium lighting packages for all their indoor and outdoor events across the GCC.”
“After many hours of discussions and shoot outs, the Ayrton 3 series consisting of the Diablo, Levante and Karif LT became the clear choice, with the Perseo Profile adding the extra output needed to get as creative as it gets,” says JP, brand manager at NMK Electronics. “We are extremely glad that one of the leading events and rental companies in the region has chosen Ayrton as their preferred fixture for their latest inventory upgrade.”
Andy Reardon managing director of CT Middle East says, “We are committed to providing our clients with the very best full-service solutions, which is why we continue to invest in event technology in the region. We made this investment recognising that CT can be a one stop solution partner for our clients, ensuring quality products, a world-class bespoke service, and the best team on hand. We are proud to have expanded our lighting stock and excited that we can offe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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