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bromptonBrompton drives NIPA KoVAC expansion
Thursday, 18 January 2024

South Korea - After the successful launch of an innovative LED stage last year, the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) has once more enlisted the expertise of South Korean XR specialists, ARK Ventures, to elevate the NIPA KoVAC XR Stage into a hybrid facility. This transformation introduces LED ceiling enhancements and effects side walls, all powered by Brompton Technology LED processing. The upgrade enables the seamless, simultaneous execution of XR and ICVFX, setting a new benchmark amongst government-affiliated studios.
Situated within the South Korean VR AR Complex (KoVAC) in Mapo-gu, Seoul, the studio now boasts a vast 16m by 6m ROE Visual BP2V2 LED wall, a 16.6m by 6.7m ROE Visual BM4V2 LED floor, two sets of 3.6m by 3.6m LED ceilings, and a 2.4m by 3.6m side effects wall, the latter two composed of ROE Visual CB5L MKII panels. The setup is powered by four 4K Tessera SX40 LED processors and nine Tessera 10G data distribution units. Additionally, the system incorporates disguise vx 4+ media server and nDisplay by Unreal Engine.
The NIPA team maximises the studio capabilities by leveraging long-standing Tessera software features such as Frame Remapping, ShutterSync and Studio Mode, alongside the latest Extended Bit Depth, Stacking, and PureTone in their groundbreaking projects.
“I firmly believe that integrating globally recognised products into our expanded NIPA studio will significantly advance South Korea's virtual production industry,” shares Lee Jin Seo, deputy director of NIPA.
David Oh, exclusive director at Ark Ventur

claypakygeelong6Geelong Arts Centre upgrades with Claypaky
Thursday, 18 January 2024

Australia - A $140m redevelopment programme by the state of Victoria’s government has transformed the Geelong Arts Centre into Australia’s largest dedicated regional arts centre, boasting two new theatres alongside new bars and event spaces.
The upgrade includes the installation of 28 Claypaky Sinfonya Profile 600s, low-noise LED-based fixtures conceived and developed exclusively for the theatre market.
Ben Van Dillen, technical operations manager for the venue, comments: “we needed a fixture that had shutters and an excellent colour profile. I also wanted a moving light that was going to match our LED profiles, something that we could use not just as a theatre light but also as a rock’n’roll-style light. It was important to have automated fixtures for shows that come in for only a day, which you need to turn around really quickly.”
Show Technology’s Keith Bradshaw visited the crew at Geelong Arts Centre to conduct a shootout of various fixtures after receiving Van Dillen’s specs. Van Dillen opted for the Sinfonyas, which were installed in the Play House, a 764-seat proscenium theatre for live shows, major concerts, dance performances and corporate launches. He calls the fixtures “amazing” and says they have quickly become favourites among the touring lighting designers who have used them.
Ian Scott was delighted to get his hands on the Sinfonyas while doing the lighting design for Jersey Boys for the Geelong Lyric Theatre Company.
“The multi-colour emitter light engine is great: The ability to get saturate

 
 
sofiaISE marks 20th anniversary with Casa Batlló projection
Thursday, 18 January 2024

Spain - To commemorate the 20th anniversary of ISE and the 200th anniversary of Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major avenues in Barcelona and home to Casa Batlló, Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is sponsoring a projection mapping on the façade of the Gaudí building.
Following Refik Anadol's mappings in 2022 and 2023, Casa Batlló has once again invited a renowned digital artist to transform the building into a canvas for technology-driven art. The chosen artist, Sofia Crespo, is a pioneer in exploring organic life and its evolution through Artificial Intelligence. Co-founder of Entangled Others Studio, Sofia is best known for her work with neural networks and machine learning, along with her huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. Her work, including Neural Zoo and Artificial Remnants, explores the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape our understandings of creativity.
Sofia explains: "The great challenge has been to convey Gaudí's inspirations in a façade with a lot of personality and intricate details. I wanted to capture how he worked and thought, including the materials, the symbology, and his more spiritual dimension. It has been a fascinating project because it combines art and technology, the cultural legacy of Barcelona, and a creator whose work remains alive and is constantly reinterpreted by artists."
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, said: “We are excited to be working with Sofia Crespo and Casa Batlló to create what will not only be an incredible spectacle for ISE at

 
eric-nam-3Julien Reux and Chauvet light Eric Nam tour
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

USA - Eric Nam is a “natural born performer” wrote one admiring critic when describing the US-born and South Korean-based star’s recently concluded House on a Hill North American tour.
Matching Nam’s passion and reflecting the nuances of each song on the 39-date tour was a far-reaching and evocative Julien Reux lighting design that was programmed by Matt Reynolds, and featured Chauvet Professional COLORado PXL Bar 16 and Color Strike M fixtures supplied by Kinetic Lighting.
Like the music of Nam himself, the lightshow was an inspired blend of boldness and subtlety. The mood on the stage was set by edge-to-edge colour washes, often monochromatic with white highlights. In some segments of the show, bright beams flared out from centre stage to the left and right, almost, as if opening a pathway for Nam. Throughout it all, regardless of how big the looks got, the focus was kept on the star.
“We wanted to have the audience focus on the scenic design, and when we had choruses, to have bigger light moments happen that highlighted the scenery, but at the heart of everything was always on Nam,” said Reux, owner of Black Lantern Creative. “As far as colours go, everyone who knows me knows that I love my ambers and CTO warm colours. I think in general, it’s the perfect balance of hue and saturation. Even though it’s my personal preference, it also played off with the artist and the aesthetics of the show.”
Playing a key role in creating this colour-scape were the rig’s 23 COLORado PXL Bar 16 linear fixtures. “The PXL bars

 
 
trilogyTrilogy takes on trio of KLANG:konductors
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

USA - Latin pop luminaries Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Pitbull have teamed up for The Trilogy Tour, a North American arena trek taking the three artists out for shows in 37 cities between October 2023 and March 2024.
Following a successful first leg of sold-out concerts that ran into mid-December, the second half of the Live Nation-produced, Sound Image/Clair Global-reinforced run picks back up in late-January with four performances in California before sweeping east across the continent. The tour is enjoying a tremendous amount of success thanks to the talent and charisma of its headliners, but three unseen performers - a trio of KLANG:konductor immersive IEM mixing systems - are also doing their part to help the three bilingual superstars and their backing bands deliver a four-hour fiesta at each stop.
Eddie ‘El Brujo’ Caipo has worked with Enrique Iglesias as his monitor engineer for 11 years and is currently using his KLANG:konductor paired with a Mac Mini running KLANG:app and an Avid S6L-32 console. Sending pre-fader/post-mute direct outs via MADI to retain all of his plugin processing, he creates his mixes - 21 in total, with a number of them in KLANG:app - then feeds them back to a stereo pair of inputs, which are sent to the desired aux mix to the IEMs. His console receives timecode to trigger snapshots simultaneously sending MIDI to the :konductor to trigger the snapshots in KLANG.
“I’ve always made it a priority to help my artists and band members feel as if they aren’t wearing IEMs by using a mid-side processing spread

 
titanicbelfast2124Panasonic projectors help tell Titanic story
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

UK - Visitor attraction Titanic Belfast has used Panasonic projectors to convey the emotional impact of the human tragedy within the Titanic story, through the creation of a new, absorbing immersive space that places visitors at the heart of the liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage. More than 12 years on from the opening of the building, the attraction has refreshed the Titanic Experience for returning visitors and continues to draw crowds from around the world.
Working with integrator, DJ Willrich, Titanic Belfast now uses more than 30 Panasonic PT-MZ16K, PT-MZ780 and PT-VMZ71 LCD projectors to deliver the Titanic Experience, a stimulating re-creation of what it might have been like to be a passenger travelling on the liner. The self-guided tour is the most authentic way to discover the sights, sounds, and stories of the ship, as well as the people and city that made RMS Titanic.
“Unfortunately, we can’t change the tragic ending of the Titanic story, but we wanted it to be even more impactful for our guests,” explained Judith Owens, CEO of Titanic Belfast. “That’s where we looked to technology to help us. We felt that the best way to do that was through immersive technology.”
The Panasonic projectors, equipped with Ultra Short Throw (UST) and Short Throw lenses, provide the optimal balance of high brightness and vivid colour picture quality for the Titanic Experience, alongside market-leading reliability, with up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation offered.
Critical to the success of the experience is the quiet operation of

 
 
uk-roadshowChauvet UK Road Show ready to roll
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

UK - The Chauvet Professional UK Road Show that begins on 6 February will wind its way through 11 cities in England, Wales, and Scotland.
Developed for install, touring and theatre markets, the new products featured in the traveling show incorporate a range of advanced technologies that make them suited to take designs to the next level in standard lighting projects as well as VR, AR, and AI applications, says the company.
The road show begins 6 February at the Beacon in Bristol and ends 26 February at The Place in London. The stops in between include 7 February in Surrey (Camberley Theatre); 8 February in Birmingham (NEC); 9 February at Nottingham Contemporary; 15 February in Cardiff (Tramshed); 16 February, at City Plymouth College; 20 February in Manchester (Victoria Warehouse); 21 February in Wakefield (Production Park); 22 February in Newcastle (Biscuit Factory); and 23 February in Edinburgh (O2 Academy).
Presenters at these stops will offer demonstrations of the latest products, such as the newest outdoor-rated Ovation models: the Rêve F-3IP Fresnel and Rêve P-3IP.
The road show will also feature demos of the at the latest innovations from the popular Strike series. Included in this group are the Strike Array 4C and Strike Array 2C, IP65 rated versatile RGBA-WW blinder-strobe-audience lights.
Video will also be featured at the road show with new products like the REM series of panels. Featuring two models: the cinema-grade REM 1, an 800 NITS indoor panel with a 1.9 mm pitch, and REM 3IP, a 3.9mm pitch all weather panel. Both p

 
directoutDirectOut expands, relocates to new HQ
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

Germany - DirectOut has relocated its headquarters in Mittweida to modern and spacious premises, meeting the demands of the rapidly developing work and technology landscapes.
For the past 15 years, DirectOut has focused on producing audio solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. The company offers a wide range of interfaces, routing, conversion, audio network infrastructure and DSP-based solutions. The team serves customers worldwide and is dedicated to customising audio solutions to meet individual requirements.
"With the addition of three talented new team members, DirectOut is taking a decisive step into the future. These dedicated professionals are ready to strengthen our corporate vision and drive our growth with fresh ideas and innovations," says Jan Ehrlich, CEO of the company, welcoming the new colleagues.
Denny Drechsel, who joins the team in the purchasing department, will help to optimise and qualify the purchasing processes. "The opportunity to be part of a young, innovative and international company and to work with colleagues and business partners on the further development of DirectOut fills me with joy. After years of travelling and working all over the world, I have finally found a place where I feel at home right from the start. The great team, the exciting work and the forward-looking products at DirectOut are particularly valuable to me. I have made a firm decision to help shape DirectOut's procurement strategy in a future-oriented and competitive way," says Denny Drechsel.
Kathrin Kremski, w

 
 
castControllux to distribute BlackTrax in Benelux region
Wednesday, 17 January 2024

Europe - CAST Group of Companies has announced Controllux as an exclusive distributor of BlackTrax in Europe. Controllux will cover key areas in the Benelux region including the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Expanding on its established role as a key distributor of CAST’s software solutions, wysiwyg and Vivien, Controllux has further expanded its portfolio with the inclusion of the entire BlackTrax hardware range.
BlackTrax is a vision-based tracking system that connects to different third-party applications, such as lighting consoles, media servers, immersive audio systems, game engines, and any other third party that accepts the RTTrPL or RTTrPM open source protocols.
"We are excited to extend our partnership with Controllux and expand the reach of BlackTrax in the Benelux region,” says Dekkar Densham, sales manager at CAST Group of Companies. “With over 10 years of strong track-record in channel management and distribution for CAST's products, Controllux is an ideal partner to propel BlackTrax further in Europe. With the successful launch of BT-1 last year, designed to bridge a crucial gap, offering a compact and cost-effective tracking solution, we are dedicated to advancing breakthroughs in tracking technology. We believe that Controllux's expertise, market presence, and client support will significantly contribute to its success in the live event and entertainment industries.”
To mark the inauguration of this partnership, visitors attending the upcoming CUE Exhibition are invited to join Controllux in showcasing the transform

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 January 2024

Sinéad & Shane - A tribute concert for Sinéad O'Connor and The Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan is set to take place in New York City's Carnegie Hall on 20 March. The one-night-only show called Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall will be a celebration of both their lives. Artists such as Mountain Goats, Cat Power, and Dropkick Murphys are set to cover a number of O'Connor and MacGowan's songs.
Many of the artists performing at the concert had previously performed with O'Connor and MacGowan when they were alive. They include Glen Hansard, who performed a rendition of Fairytale of New York at MacGowan's funeral in December, and David Gray, Amanda Palmer and Gordon Gano. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Concrete Crisis - The Broadway Theatre in Barking has become the latest venue to close due to the discovery of potentially dangerous concrete in its infrastructure. The venue’s management said it would be shut until further notice, after Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete was found “throughout the theatre” on 11 January. It joins a large number of theatres that have been impacted by the discovery of the concrete, including the Royal and Derngate in Northampton, the National Theatre, Peterborough’s Key Theatre and the Orchard Theatre in Dartford, where a temporary venue has been erected while the venue is closed.
Management of the Broadway Theatre said the discovery of RAAC meant the “difficult decision to close and cancel the first shows in our new season has had to be taken”. “The

 
 
danteSound Technology to distribute Dante AVIO in UK
Tuesday, 16 January 2024

UK - Sound Technology has announced the addition of Dante AVIO adapters by Audinate to its professional audio distribution portfolio in the UK.
Dante AVIO adapters bring the modern AoIP connectivity to audio devices without on-board Dante. Available in 8 versions – Bluetooth, USB (USB A and USB C versions), Analogue Input (1 and 2 channel versions), Analogue Output (1 and 2 channel versions) and AES3 - Dante AVIO adapters are all fully-functional Dante interfaces.
Alison Charters, business manager, Sound Technology comments, “We're very pleased to be working with Audinate to help bring these brilliant tools and problem-solvers to market. Particularly through our pro audio Application Team’s project design work, the Dante AVIO devices will provide incredible flexibility to match the needs of our customers and their clients.”
Jochen Wainwright, EMEA systems solutions sales manager at Audinate adds, “We’re excited to be on board with Sound Technology in the UK and look forward to growing the AVIO business and developing this relationship further.”

 
lisatrevormiaawards2B Heard acquires Sontronics
Tuesday, 16 January 2024

UK - Audio solutions company 2B Heard is stepping into the world of high-end microphones following its recent acquisition of microphone brand Sontronics.
2B Heard director, Sam Nankivell, comments, “We feel very privileged to take on the reins of this highly respected microphone brand, which is known for its superb quality products, award-winning customer service, international reach and unique lifetime warranty. Sontronics will fit perfectly into the 2B Heard portfolio and we are excited to be working with the skilled and knowledgeable Sontronics team to build the brand even further and put a wealth of new ideas into practice. The future is looking very bright for Sontronics.”
Sontronics was established in 2004 by engineer, musician and microphone designer Trevor Coley, who, together with wife Lisa, built it into the brand it is today. Sontronics is supported by an ever-growing network of users worldwide encompassing everyone from students and home producers right through to Grammy-winning artists, Oscar-winning composers and leading studios and soundstages.
“When I founded Sontronics,” explains Trevor Coley, “I set out to create a legacy brand with products that would deliver excellent results at reasonable prices, and we’ve attracted some wonderfully loyal users over the years, from students and home producers right up to world-recognised stars such as Ed Sheeran, Aerosmith, Muse, Jamie Oliver and many others.
“Lisa and I have had some incredible experiences on this 20-year journey – hearing a pre-release version of Adele

 
 
world-changers-church-international-wcci2World Changers Church upgrades to Outline
Monday, 15 January 2024

USA - World Changers Church International (WCCI) was founded in 1981 by the author, conference speaker and bible teacher Creflo Dollar. It is a thriving Christian worship centre which in 1995 moved to its present location, the 8,500-seat World Dome in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2021, during the global Covid-19 pandemic which forced the closure of many churches, Jason Farah of Outline US was approached by WCCI who expressed a need to upgrade their existing sound system.
Although it was a flagship product from a major brand, the sound team felt that the audio throughout the large sanctuary could be improved - their initial inclination was to remain with that brand but they were also aware of Outline and asked Jason to undertake some room modelling with 3D modelling software from both companies.
Jason comments: “I have served as WCCI’s audio consultant for many years, providing onsite service and maintenance all the while. The Dome at WCCI is a rather large sanctuary (even by American standards) - their worship style is contemporary R&B-influenced Gospel music, and their pastor is one of the best I have ever heard. Truly, this is a church deserving of the best.”
“Seeing what they saw on the simulations was convincing in itself, but knowing that I will always tell them the unvarnished truth, I told them of my personal experiences with Outline and in particular its performance in similar circumstances compared to their existing brand. Subsequently, on the basis of the trust in our relationship and the clear advantages of the O

 
big-nite-dc2Chauvet joins National Harbor Big Nite out
Monday, 15 January 2024

USA - Big Nite DC, which bills itself as the largest NYE convention hall party draws around 10,000 party goers, spread out over two ballrooms and 12 additional spaces. The main ballroom, which serves as the hub of the evening’s festivities, measures 45,000sq.ft and has 270-degrees of floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording stunning views of the Potomac River.
Animating the big event this year, as it has in the past, was an upbeat and colourful lighting and video design from Evan Kirkendall and the team at Harford Sound LLC.
“Every year we challenge ourselves to create a fresh, new design in the primary ballroom,” said Kirkendall. “We get to design this large rig from the ground up, so we really like to push ourselves each year.”
Although lighting Big Nite DC is “loads of fun”, it is not without its challenges. “The overall stage size is quite small, compared to the size of the room,” said Kirkendall. “A key goal of ours was to make the stage look as big as possible, while working within the limitations imposed by its size, and the ceiling height. We wanted to put the largest video wall possible on stage this year, but we also needed to make room for lights. So, we ended up building the widest possible video wall we could do but kept it on the shorter side so we could essentially frame it with lights and then build ‘wings’ from the top to make it look massive. I think the overall layout worked really well.”
Helping Kirkendall, crew chief Steve Wozniak, and their team meet this challenge was a collection of over 100 Ch

 
 
xmas-jam-6Annual Xmas Jam electrifies with Bandit
Friday, 12 January 2024

USA - The Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam returned for its 32nd year, partnering with the Asheville area Habitat for Humanity and BeLoved Asheville. Bandit Lites provided the lighting system for the 9 December showcase which featured a line-up including Slash and Myles Kennedy, Billy F Gibbons, Gov’t Mule, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening, Clutch and Karina Rykman.
The winter spectacular began in 1988 and has raised more than $2.8m over the years, helping those in the area who have been unable to be homeowners due to financial setbacks.
"To take something as simple as playing music, which we all love to do, and turn it into building houses, it's an opportunity that I can't be more thankful for," Haynes told area news.
Bandit Lites provided over 100ft of Tyler Truss and more than 165 fixtures for the epic jam night including Ayrton Khamsin S, Chauvet COLORado PXL Bar 8, Elation Fuze Wash Z350, Elation ACL 360 Bars, Elation CuePix WW2 Blinders, GLP X4s and Robe MegaPointes as well as well as two grandMA2 Full consoles for control.
Lighting designer Preston Hoffman took to the epic lineup for inspiration, noting the heavy rock performances would be “saturated with amazing guitar licks and big moments.”
“The original idea that I had was to create a modern ACL look which paid homage to a classic rock look,” explained Hoffman. “To achieve this, I arranged Chauvet COLORado PXL Bar 8s along a curve. That produced a fan of fat beams that had some animation to them. I put some Robe MegaPointes on the curve as well for a

 
murangi-purchaseAxcor Beams light Gospel Music Awards
Friday, 12 January 2024

South Africa - Hendrick Nemalili of Murangi Productions collected 12 new Claypaky Axcor Beam 300s and four Robe LedBeam 150s from DWR Distribution which went straight onto the 16th Crown Gospel Music Awards held on 26 November at the 10 000-seater Dome marquee based at the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg.
The Crown Gospel Awards celebrates excellence in the South African gospel music industry. Traditionally taking place at the Durban ICC, it was hosted in Johannesburg for the first time. Having worked on the production on two different occasions, Hendrick was appointed to design the set and to provide the full technical comprising lighting, audio (including backline) and screens.
With three months to plan and prepare, he came up with the concept. “As the Crown Gospel Awards were making a debut in the City of Gold the idea was to integrate a suspended crown centrepiece and then to design a round-shaped stage to represent the FNB Stadium,” he says.
The stadium’s architecture was influenced by calabashes or traditional African pots. The shapes on either side of the stage symbolise the fields on either side of the stadium where people engage in various activities. With the design good to go, Hendrick was inspired to look for fixtures that would be hung off a dedicated 16m truss at FOH that would wow with some explosive beam work to add the finishing touch.
“I spoke to Robert Izzett from DWR Distribution, explaining that I had a big event coming up and wanted something that would create a Sharpy-type beam and gobo work,” Hendrick sha

 
 
shreya-ghoshal-live-all-hearts-tour-photos-by-sahil-makhani-from-smfilms-1grandMA3 controls Shreya Ghoshal tour
Friday, 12 January 2024

USA - Lighting for the recent legs - including the USA and Canada - of popular and prolific Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal’s All Hearts world tour was programmed by Manu Jacob using an all grandMA3 control system solution for this section of the tour, and the first time on a touring project.
Brought onboard as programmer by Mumbai based show producers BToS Productions, he worked closely with the lighting design team from LAGFL Designs on ensuring that the show they had crafted was programmed in the most efficient, logical, and flexible way, enabling the showfile to be swiftly updated to deal with different sized venues.
“It was to facilitate this and also for the networking capabilities that I decided to make the switch to all grandMA3 for this project,” he stated, adding that he has been working on the grandMA platform for the last 10 years, and appreciates its “huge power and adaptability”.
The eight-week North American leg of the tour kicked off with a warm-up show in Mauritius and involved approximately 160 lighting fixtures, mostly Robe moving lights according to the original spec. However, the type of luminaire varied according to the venue and lighting vendor… so there were plenty of fixture exchanges taking place over the course of the tour.
When it started in India earlier in the year, the artist was playing even larger venues, so the show was initially programmed using around 400 luminaires.
In the US, several different lighting vendors were involved, depending on the venue and promoter, with Event EQ who are part o

 
att-stadium-s500m-main-imageAT&T Stadium upgrades with SSL System T
Friday, 12 January 2024

USA - AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, has significantly upgraded the capabilities of its main audio control room with the installation of a Solid State Logic System T S500m console. The new system, which was supplied and integrated by Clair Global Integration’s Pro Media Audio Video division, is primarily used to mix and route audio throughout the 80,000-seat stadium during the venue’s very busy calendar of sports, entertainment and corporate events.
AT&T Stadium is in use 365 days a year, not just during football season, and the control room is the hub through which all audio signals pass for almost every event. “This room routes audio for the whole venue, to the bowl PA system, the X clubs, back-of-house, concessions and bathrooms, as well as broadcast feeds - you name it, we route it through here,” says Gary French, head of audio for the Dallas Cowboys.
The new SSL S500m console is custom-configured with 48 faders in a 2.5-bay frame. French has set up three metering displays, one for inputs, one for outputs and a third, utility screen for mix-minus feeds and various other signals. French says that the upgrade became necessary because he needed something more up-to-date, with far greater flexibility and with the capacity to handle many more inputs and especially outputs than the previous console, which was installed in 2009 when the stadium opened.
“Gary had an SSL background from his previous TV post days,” says Mike Mason, regional vice-president, Clair Global Integration. “So he knew their platform and th

 
 
robe-de-tocht-sneek-fotojoris-van-bennekomRobe and PWL add cool looks to ice-based musical
Friday, 12 January 2024

The Netherlands - De Tocht is a new ice-based musical production staged in the purpose-built 1475-capacity Friso Theatrein Leeuwarden. Directed by Eddy Habbema and choreographed by Marc Forno, the production design was created by Luc Peumans, artistic director of Painting with Light (PWL), whose brief encompassed lighting, video and scenography, an ambitious collage of visual disciplines to capture all the skating action presented in “spectacular” style.
Luc utilised over 200 Robe moving lights for the show including 120 Esprites, 83 LEDBeam 350s, 16 T2 Profiles and 13 iFortes running on a remote follow spot system, supplied to the production by RentAll.
The Dutch-language De Tocht story follows five former skating friends on their adventures skating the Elfstedentocht - an 11-city, 200 km long-distance tour on natural ice over rivers and canals in the Netherlands, which is both a speed skating competition with 300 contestants and a leisure tour with around 16,000 skaters at the start. The last time it was run was in 1997.
Luc worked closely with set designer Jo Segers. He had initially started discussing the show around five years ago with figure skater Madelène Van Beuzekom who he knew through past Holiday on Ice productions, and who was one of the instigators of the De Tocht concept. The show was postponed twice due to Covid before finally being premiered in October this year to outstanding reviews.
The staging features a 60m-wide by 6m-deep bespoke revolving ice track weighing 140 tons, offering up - with the stage area inclu

 
optimalOptimal makes AVgek debut at brasserie
Thursday, 11 January 2024

The Netherlands - Opened in September 2022, and located in the village of Mijnsheerenland to the south of Rotterdam, Brasserie de Greup is a hospitality venue offering food, drink, and entertainment. Instrumental in the creation of its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is an Optimal Audio system, installed by AVgek of Rotterdam.
Experienced installers AVgek specialise in commercial and domestic audio-visual projects and consulted with the team at Brasserie de Greup over their requirements. The Brasserie wanted to provide background and foreground music reinforcement for the bar and restaurant areas, from a system that was as easy as possible for its staff to operate.
Bob Sol of AVgek comments: “We have a great relationship with Audio Technica Benelux (Optimal Audio’s distributor in the region) and were aware that this new brand had attracted a very positive reaction. Having made an assessment of the venue’s needs, we felt that they aligned perfectly with what Optimal Audio could offer, so advised the Brasserie team accordingly. This was our first install with Optimal Audio, and we were blown away by the simplicity and ease of use for the installer and the user.”
Bob designed a system comprising four on-wall, landscape-mounted Optimal Audio Cuboid 8 two-way, full range, passive 8” loudspeakers and a single Sub 15 subwoofer, controlled by a Zone 4 controller via WebApp. WebApp makes system set-up straightforward - once completed, venue staff are presented with a simple user interface which allows for easy operation via mobile phone.
At

 
 
bentely-theo-rood-and-mike-jones-from-mj-with-duncan-riley-of-dwr-centreMJ Event Gear grows dry hire division
Thursday, 11 January 2024

South Africa - Johannesburg-based MJ Event Gear, the technical supply company founded by Mike Jones in the early 90s, recently invested in lighting and audio equipment from DWR Distribution.
Mike Jones asked his team to come up with a wish list, with a focus on adding essential gear to their inventory. They decided on a grandMA3 compact XT, eight Robe LEDBeam 350s, six Longman F6s, two Le Maitre MVS Hazers, and two Antari M5 foggers. Additionally, they acquired a DiGiCo S21 console with a D2 rack and an Audix DP 5A Drum Kit, catering to their audio needs.
"The Robe LEDBeam 350s immediately impressed us during their first gig,” says Mike. “The fixtures were used outdoors and being positioned on the lawn, the programmer selected a narrow beam with the audience in mind. Then he gave a demonstration of the units being used wide open and it truly blew me away.”
The F7 PAR cans are proven workhorses and MJ now have their magic number of 48 units. Mike would have 48 of every light fixture in his shop if he could. The grandMA3 compact XT, set to arrive in February, fulfilled the demand for a newer desk and was prompted by frequent customer requests.
The company also doubled their Le Maitre MVS Hazers due to their consistent popularity in rentals and MJ bought new Antari foggers. Additionally, this is the first time that MJ is buying DiGiCo. "The DiGiCo S21 console is highly requested, and it's perfect for smaller gigs. Our team is thrilled, and I look forward to sending them for training. The desk has already gone out on its first rental,” sa

 
wofd-5Torus solution for Dominion Church in Iowa
Thursday, 11 January 2024

USA - Martin Audio partner, Audio Video Electronics (AVE) has successfully upgraded the technical infrastructure at the Word of Faith Dominion Church (WOFD) in Lake Mills, Iowa.
Based in Brooklyn Park, MN the integrators opted for a Torus constant curvature array solution after their engineering team had reviewed a number of possibilities.
According to AVE sales consultant, Kerry Graffunder, the church’s existing PA had reached end of life and was no longer delivering the coverage or clarity required from a worship establishment that is just 25 years old. “The pastor merely requested some ‘thump in the trunk’ … and the intelligibility has greatly increased also,” he said.
This result was obtained by hanging a pair of Torus, left and right of the stage, with a Blackline X218 subwoofer in the centre. Nearfield coverage is provided by a pair of Martin Audio’s differential dispersion DD6 under two angled scrims at the front of the stage. The new set-up is powered by a pair of Martin Audio’s iKON iK42 multichannel power amps.
Project lead, Karl Selander, explained how they had arrived at this solution. “We have many different HoW installations using [Martin Audio] CDD point source under our belts, but this was our first time wetting our feet with Torus. We had not really had an opportunity to explore the TORUS line previously, but when we looked at the different options, it was clear that a CDD solution wasn’t the right fit for the room.”
Instead, by placing a T1215 (15° vertical pattern atop a T1230 (30°) he knew he c

 
 
chesterPioneer CM-Series on song at Brewski Chester
Thursday, 11 January 2024

UK - Occupying three floors of a Grade II listed building, Brewski Chester is a restaurant on a mission to ‘provide happiness through hospitality’. With its North American lodge-themed interior and soul, jazz and funk soundtrack, the recently opened venue (the brand’s third in the UK) has proved to be an instant hit in the city.
For the team at Brewski, the soundtrack to accompany its generously portioned American comfort food needed be as on point as the cuisine, so as the new site was in development, they engaged Manchester-based specialists Hollowsphere to install a Pioneer Pro Audio sound system.
Experienced installers Hollowsphere recommended loudspeakers from the Pioneer Pro Audio CM-Series of commercial audio products. Drawing on the company’s heritage of manufacturing dynamic club speakers, the CM-Series delivers outstanding audio from units that visually complement the interior design of any space.
Hollowsphere discreetly installed a total of 25 CM-S54 4” surface mount speakers across the three floors, to include the bar, dining areas, corridors and rest rooms. The CM-S54’s U-bracket and rear mounting points enabled the units to be installed quickly and easily for a job which took place during night-time hours to allow daytime access for other trades. The system is powered by a single four-channel Powersoft Mezzo amplifier controlled by two WM Touch panels.
The Brewski team is very happy with its new audio system according to co-owner Steven Stockton-King: “Hollowsphere are very reliable and trusted partners, so we went

 
maisiepetersq225foh2DiGiCo works wizardry on Good Witch dates
Thursday, 11 January 2024

UK - After the release of her sophomore album The Good Witch in June this year, Maisie Peters, a British artist and songwriter signed with Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, embarked on a tour to support her album. She has recently completed the latest UK leg, with further dates across Europe and Australia scheduled for 2024.
FOH engineer Nathan Kennedy and monitor engineer Michael ‘Fitz’ Fitzsimons, both seasoned DiGiCo users, utilised a DiGiCo SD10 and DiGiCo Quantum 225 respectively, benefitting from what Kennedy describes as “natural and uncoloured sound”, while Fitzsimons highlights the console's customisable programming, which he believes surpasses any other console manufacturer in the industry.
Kennedy started using DiGiCo consoles in 2012, and says the workflow immediately resonated with him, stating, “What goes in, comes out exactly as you've filtered it”.
“DiGiCo is always my first-choice console, and I truly appreciate their natural and uncoloured sound,” he adds. “During Maisie's first year, I used an SD10. For the US and UK tour, I switched to the Quantum 225 as I wanted to explore the Spice Rack and Mustard Processing. The Chilli 6 significantly enhances Maisie's vocals and does precisely what it’s designed for. I apply Mustard compression to my drum groups, which makes the toms, kick, and snare pop a lot more than they did.”
A DiGiCo user of eight years, Fitzsimons, highlights that he has deployed DiGiCo consoles across a multitude of acts, from Cradle of Filth to Eric Clapton, and for the past

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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