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Vectorworks partners with IATSE training trustVectorworks partners with IATSE training trust
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

USA - Vectorworks has partnered with the IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund (IATSE TTF). The IATSE TTF facilitates training opportunities for IATSE workers to ‘achieve and maintain the skills, ability and knowledge necessary to meet the ever-changing technologies in the entertainment and exhibition industries’. Further, IATSE TTF develops state-of-the art training tools, resources and methods for their members.
“The IATSE Training Trust Fund is thrilled about this new partnership with Vectorworks, which will make additional training and craft skills development opportunities available to IATSE members and individuals working under IATSE agreements,” says IATSE Training Trust Fund executive director Liz Campos. “These types of endeavours that help expand career opportunities for our members are exactly what the Training Trust Fund strives to add to its many resources available to IATSE workers.”
As part of the new partnership, the IATSE TTF will receive Vectorworks perpetual software license discounts for members, product training discounts and webinar-style learning sessions
“Historically, we’ve had partnerships with local chapters, however, having this partnership with the IATSE Entertainment & Exhibition Industries Training Trust Fund allows us to expand our partnership to every member across the U.S. and Canada in the entertainment community,” comments Nicole Davison, vice-president of sales at Vectorworks. “We are committed to supporting the Training Trust Fund’s efforts by providing bes

Mega Audio to distribute Point Source AudioMega Audio to distribute Point Source Audio
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Germany - Mega Audio is to take on the exclusive distribution of Point Source Audio’s products for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The distributor had been looking to add a miniature microphone brand to its portfolio having previously experienced success with this type of product and was keen to find a company that had the potential to grow substantially.
“I had heard of Point Source Audio as one of the top miniature microphone manufacturers in the USA and one of the major US brands in the theatre market,” says Burkhard Elsner, CEO at Mega Audio. “When we took a closer look at their product range, we found them to be very interesting and exciting. I am very happy and proud to be able to offer this brand and its fine products as our new distribution line, it means we can now offer some new and unique products to the market.
“We believe that Point Source Audio miniature microphones will fit well into multiple markets, such as theatre, live sound and broadcast. In particular, the CO2 Confidence Collection or the EMBRACE series will fill a gap in the market where nobody else in Europe has produced a solution before.”
“We are delighted to partner with Mega Audio for Germany, they will be a wonderful addition to our extended family of distributors,” adds Yvonne Ho, vice-president of sales and marketing at Point Source Audio. “When we choose to partner with a new company it is not simply about the potential business they could bring in, but the way they approach the market with the solutions we offer. With Mega Audio, we believe w

Prolight+Sound 2020 postponed until MayProlight+Sound 2020 postponed until May
Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Germany - Prolight+Sound 2020 has been postponed due to coronavirus (Covid-19) concerns, Messe Frankfurt has announced.
The annual entertainment technology tradeshow was initially scheduled for 31 March - 3 April, but organisers have now said it will take place on 26-29 May. Musikmesse, the music industry show that runs alongside Prolight+Sound, has also been postponed, with new dates yet to be released.
Messe Frankfurt said in a statement: "The ongoing spread of Covid-19 in Europe called for a reassessment of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities in Frankfurt who require that steps be taken to prevent event participants from high-risk regions coming to Frankfurt and visiting the fair when ill.
"Given that these participants could also be infected by Covid-19, it is necessary to conduct a health check to prevent the infection spreading even further. Messe Frankfurt is not able to implement such measures. Additional factors behind the decision include the growing number of travel restrictions, which will make it difficult for many potential visitors and exhibitors to get to Frankfurt."
Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt, comments: “The current situation represents a major challenge for fair and exhibition companies from all over the world. We regret that the 25th anniversary edition of Prolight + Sound cannot take place as planned. At the same time, we are delighted that numerous companies from the industry have emphasized the importance of holding the show as soon as possible so t

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Security Measures - A new law proposed by the UK government will require venues to put measures in place to protect the public from a terrorist attack. Security minister James Brokenshire has announced plans for the new Protect Duty, following a manifesto commitment to improve the security of public spaces. The new law, which is to be consulted on this spring, would require owners and operators of venues and public spaces to consider the risk of a terrorist attack and take “reasonable measures” to protect the public from such an incident. Venues can include concert halls, stadiums and conference centres.
Measures could include increasing physical security, staff training and incident response plans in case of an attack. According to the Home Office, the Protect Duty “reflects lessons learned following the terrorist attacks in 2017, as well as more recent attacks”. Brokenshire said: “Our first priority is keeping the public safe and preventing more families from suffering the heartbreak of losing a loved one. The devastating attacks in 2017, and more recently at Fishmongers’ Hall and Streatham, are stark reminders of the current threat we face.
“We are in complete agreement with campaigners such as Figen Murray [whose son was killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena attack] on the importance of venues and public spaces having effective and proportionate protective security and preparedness measures to keep people safe. Of course, it is important that this new law is proportionate. This public consultation will ensure we put in place a law that wil


RCF array rocks BB King's Blues ClubRCF array rocks BB King's Blues Club
Monday, 2 March 2020

USA - When Nicholas DeLaCruz, founder and CEO of High Rise Production, a Memphis, Tennessee-based production company that specializes in AVL sales, installs, consultations and rentals, signed on with Beale Street Blues Company, an organisation that manages many of the music and entertainment venues in the Memphis area, he knew that updating the sound system in the B.B. King’s Blues Club would be one of his first tasks.
“When I was at NAMM, I had it narrowed down to about three or four audio companies, but meeting Tarik [Solangi, RCF vice president, sales & marketing] made all the difference,” states DeLaCruz.
"The RCF HDL 6-A active line array modules are sleek and they don’t take away from the atmosphere of the venue.
“B.B. King’s Memphis location is a really cool, vibey place and it’s hard to throw a system in there without taking away from the authenticity of it,” he admits. “We’ve got the old Leslie [Rotating Speaker Cabinet] in there, and a lot of what attracts people is the history behind it, so how do you add a sound company that’s going to complement that? The RCF HDL 6-A modules are sleek and they don’t take away from the atmosphere of the venue - the line arrays fit the vibe and the authenticity of the place.”
RCF product specialist Jim Reed got together with DeLaCruz and put the system design together, utilising drawings, as well as input from Solangi, based on his original site visit.
For the B.B. King’s install, Solangi brought in Innovations Solutions of Memphis. Owner Jason Long shared that

Rosco continues to support Behind the ScenesRosco continues to support Behind the Scenes
Thursday, 27 February 2020

USA - Rosco Laboratories was Behind the Scenes’ first Pledge-a-Product Partner and they continued their support with a cheque presentation by Chad Tiller, Rosco's vice president of global live entertainment, to executive director Lori Rubinstein in the BTS office.
“Behind the Scenes goes above and beyond to help our colleagues and industry professionals in need and Rosco is proud to give back and support this outstanding charity,” comments Tiller. "This marks our 11th year of donating proceeds from Roscolux 359 Medium Violet, and we are thankful to Behind the Scenes for their commitment to the entertainment technology industry."
Rubinstein gratefully accepted the cheque, saying: “We continue to be extremely grateful to Rosco for having led the way in our Pledge-of-Support programme and, particularly, for their long-term commitment to the charity. While some other companies come and go from the programme, Rosco understands it is this steadfast support that allows us to plan ahead with the confidence we will be able to fulfil our mission and to undertake expanding our services where we see the need, such as with our new Mental Health and Suicide Prevention initiative.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology industry professionals who are ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses. For more information about Behind the Scenes, to donate, or to apply for a grant, visit For information about becoming a Behind the Scenes Pledge-of-Support Partner emai

The north is heard at Rigger’s Voice 2020The north is heard at Rigger’s Voice 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Czech Republic - The 2020 edition of Rigger’s Voice turned its ear to voices from the north of Europe, as experienced riggers and production professionals from Scandinavia travelled to Area Four Industries headquarters in Roudnice nad Labem for this annual conference.
Arriving from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, attendees took part in high-level rigging and support structure discussions that were led by Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp from 11-12 February. Many questions were asked, various rigging, truss and support structure discussions held, and even truss stress tests conducted during the two jam packed days. Participants were also treated to a grand tour of the Milos factory.
Ideas and recommendations from these experienced professionals, for helping steer future product development by Area Four Industries brands, were also provided during the conference. This information is highly valued by each brand and is an important part of every Rigger’s Voice.
The two full days of the Rigger’s Voice conference were separated by a fun and exciting evening in the capital city of Prague. Attendees enjoyed a scenic boat ride on the Vltava River, with dinner and drinks at a traditional Czech restaurant.
(Jim Evans)

Multi-Media invests in Absen panelsMulti-Media invests in Absen panels
Thursday, 27 February 2020

South Africa - Multi-Media AV has recently taken delivery of 480 Absen Polaris 2.9mm LED panels, increasing the company’s inhouse LED inventory up to 220m2 (880 panels) of 2.9mm LED screen. The purchase is the largest single order of Absen’s Polaris LED series that local distributor, DWR Distribution has delivered on to date.
“We have had Absen’s now discontinued D2V series LED screens in our inventory for a number of years and have been very impressed with the quality and performance of the units,” says Chris de Lancey, director of innovation at Multi-Media. “When looking ahead at bookings for the month of March, we realised that we would need to hire in an enormous amount of LED panels to meet demand. After analysing the cost of renting versus purchasing additional gear, we decided that it would be a good business decision to increase our inhouse LED offering, as there is no indication of demand for LED slowing in the future.”
Chris goes on to state that the demand for LED screens is on the increase in South Africa, largely because clients have come to rely on the enormous advantages that LED screens offer over alternatives such as projection. “While projection technology is still very popular in Europe, the South African market has embraced the creativity and flexibility that modular LED displays bring to the table,” says Chris. “When using a LED panel, you are not restricted to darkened indoor venues or standardised aspect ratios to display your content.”
“We look forward to deploying our new Absen Polaris LED screens at

Sennheiser training courses now onlineSennheiser training courses now online
Thursday, 27 February 2020

UK - Sennheiser Sound Academy training courses for the first half of 2020 are now available to book online.
Run by Sennheiser’s Andrew Lillywhite and Joe Mahoney from the Customer Development & Application Engineer (CDAE) team, the courses are designed for RF techs, AV integrators and technicians, sound engineers, designers or consultants, live event professionals, equipment resellers and apprentices, who want to further their understanding of the specific area of each course.
A wide variety of courses are now available, including Wireless Mics Monitoring Essentials, held at Sennheiser UK offices in Marlow as well as at Arnolfini in Bristol; RF Best Practice for Production and Touring course in London; Wireless Audio for AV Integrators, held in Marlow and London; Audio For Meeting Rooms & Conferencing, taking place in London and Scotland; and, finally, Wireless Mics & Monitoring: The Master Class, held in Marlow.
Each course offers a combination of classroom training, which includes hands-on practical modules and eLearning.
The majority of courses are free and Sennheiser offers a 20% discount for those aged under 24 years. Registered members of the of the Association of Sound Designers (ASD), Institute of Professional Sound (IPS), Association of Motion Picture Sound (AMPS), Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Guild of TV Camera Professionals (GTC), Learning & Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG), Production Services Association (PSA) and PLASA all get 50% discount on the pai

Major exhibitors pull out of PL+S 2020Major exhibitors pull out of PL+S 2020
Thursday, 27 February 2020

Europe - Adam Hall, Vari-Lite and Strand have pulled out of Prolight+Sound 2020 amid growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak sweeping across Europe.
The moves will put pressure on the organisers of the tradeshow, due to take place at Messe Frankfurt on 31 March - 3 April, to clarify whether the event will go ahead. The virus has recently spread to more European countries, causing disruptions to trade events on the continent, including the postponement of Messe Frankfurt's architecture and lighting show Light+Building until September.
“Although we were looking forward to meeting our customers and presenting our newest innovations at the fair, we must do our part to help to contain the issue,” explains Sameer Sodhi, business leader at Vari-Lite and Strand at Signify. “The health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and partners is and remains our number one priority.”
Vari-Lite and Strand will continue to inform its stakeholders about its new products through other means, which will be communicated in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Adam Hall will present numerous innovations from its extensive event technology range in a livestream on 31 March on the company website.
Alexander Pietschmann, CEO of the Adam Hall Group, comments: “We have been an integral part of the music trade show Prolight+Sound for 38 years. Every year, we look forward to meeting our partners and customers in Frankfurt am Main and being able to present our latest innovations.
“But an entertainment tradeshow needs a certain sense of fu

Music Inside Rimini postponedMusic Inside Rimini postponed
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Italy - MIR Tech (formerly Music Inside Rimini), the annual live entertainment technology tradeshow, has been postponed.
The Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), which organises the show, has taken the decision "in light of the critical international situation caused by the Covid-19 emergency". MIR Tech was due to take place 8-10 March at the Rimini Expo Centre.
New dates will be announced following consultations with exhibitors and the wider sector.
IEG has also moved to postpone its other March shows, including Enada Spring, the International Amusement and Gaming Show, the accompanying Rimini Amusement Show, and the spring edition of Abilmente Vicenza the Creative Idea Show.

CAST Group releases education schedule
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Canada - CAST Group has launched a new education programme to offer scheduled and on-demand training and education sessions on BlackTrax and wysiwyg. 
New online classes for wysiwyg are now available to both new and experienced users. The two-hour seminars are crafted to focus on specific areas of wysiwyg to save time and help users work more efficiently. Each seminar covers essential knowledge needed to be successful with wysiwyg, as well as new features and tips and tricks. CAST Group offers custom training on a case to case basis.
In additions to the official sessions, BlackTrax users can benefit from free monthly webinars exploring how to create live experiences using realtime tracking. This live webinar lasts around an hour, with at least 15 minutes for you to ask questions about tracking and automation during the Q&A session. 
Further information and details on how to sign up are available from

Doughty celebrates 50 years in businessDoughty celebrates 50 years in business
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

UK - Doughty Engineering celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary this year.
The company first registered as Doughty Trailer Sales Ltd in February 1970 and spent the first 10 years of trading manufacturing trailers, before metamorphosing into the Doughty Engineering that is well-known in the entertainment industry today.
Julian Chiverton, sales director, comments: “We are extremely proud to be celebrating half a century in business. When Russell Doughty, Mervyn Lister and my father George Chiverton started out in 1970, little did they know that the Doughty brand would become synonymous with clamps and other kit relied upon by riggers and lighting designers across the world. Their business was trailers, then designing and manufacturing attachments for rough terrain and forklift trucks in the farming and construction sectors. But by the mid-eighties it was clear that to survive the impending recession, they’d need to diversify even further.”
The Doughty of today could be regarded as a happy coincidence. “A local theatrical supply company, AJS Theatrical Supplies, asked us to manufacture some bracketry. We were asked to quote on the manufacture of 500 hook clamps. The company’s owner, Adrian Sant was so pleased with the quote and the quality, this quickly led on to orders for boom arms, safety chains etc and the rest, as they say, is history,” explains Chiverton.
Over the decades Doughty has gone on to produce more than 1,000 different items for clients across the world with many of their now standard stock items starting life as

Sold-out PlugFest 2020 gets underwaySold-out PlugFest 2020 gets underway
Wednesday, 26 February 2020

France - PlugFest, the technical event for entertainment lighting interoperability organised by PLASA, is now underway in Lille. The annual three-day event welcomes manufacturers, developers and technicians from across the continent to test their products and learn about the latest protocols.
For the third year running, PlugFest has sold out, with delegates from major lighting manufacturers such as Robert Juliat, Claypaky, Chauvet, Eaton, GLP, ETC, TMB, ChamSys and Highlite.
The event’s expert hosts, Hamish Dumbreck (JESE Ltd), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) are set to host a series of break-out sessions covering RDM, DALI, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN and LLRP, as well as recent ESTA TSC developments.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s membership, skills and technical director, comments: “We’re delighted to present another PlugFest event here in Lille alongside our three expert hosts. It’s fantastic to meet professionals from all around Europe who are here to collaborate and pick up the latest technical knowledge.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Valley Aid - Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield will join Grammy award winner Amy Wadge in a fundraising event for flood victims hit by Storm Denis in the Welsh valleys. Bradfield will play at a two-day Valley Aid concert in March. Thousands were affected in Wales by widespread flooding and flood warnings and alerts are in place across Wales. Crowdfunding pages have already raised thousands for flood-hit communities. Now Welsh musicians are rallying to help raise funds for the valleys in a two-day festival at the Pop Factory in Porth on 13 and 14 March.
Mobile Menace - A conductor twice stopped an opera in Cardiff after mobile phones rang in the audience. Carlo Rizzi was conducting Welsh National Opera's new production of Verdi's Les Vêpres Sicilienes, at Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre on Saturday night. Audience members said Rizzi twice stopped and spoke to the audience about the distraction it caused.
Backstage Careers - A new research project is to take a workshop into schools that aims to introduce students to careers in backstage roles. The project will also investigate young people’s attitudes towards a career in theatre in a bid to improve backstage diversity. The Backstage Absences project is being led by associate lecturer at Bedford FE College and former costume supervisor, Isolde Walker, and former stage manager and freelance technician, Bex Foskett.
Walker and Foskett have developed a workshop which they will take into local secondary schools to introduce 14 to 16-year-olds

TiMax and EM Acoustics to hold joint demoTiMax and EM Acoustics to hold joint demo
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Out Board and EM Acoustics have joined forces to present a combined series of demonstrations offering offer a unique opportunity to experience TiMax spatial mixing, immersive 3D effects animation and vocal localisation with live stage-tracking using TiMax SoundHub and TrackerD4 on a multichannel immersive EM Acoustics system. Mark your diaries for Tuesday 3rd-Thursday 5th March 2020 as this amiable event will take place at SARM Music Bank Studios.
Out Board’s Dave Haydon and Robin Whittaker will be running sessions that cover: 
• TiMax SoundHub new HARDCore FPGA processing, PanSpace auto-calc spatial rendering and TimeLine showcontrol workflows.
• TiMax TrackerD4 all new Precision Stagetracking for live performer vocal localisation and fx panning.

EM Acoustics will formally demonstrate the Reference Series R10 flagship point source loudspeaker, along with the HALO-B medium format line array system. EM Acoustics technical director Ed Kinsella and other EM Acoustics team members will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the events.

Sessions will be available at the following times:
• Tuesday, 3 March b 2.45pm
• Wednesday, 4 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm
• Thursday, 5 March b 10am, 12.15pm, 2.45pm

Each session is expected to last 1 hour and 45 minutes, including a short refreshment break, and there will be ample time to quiz the team from both EM and TiMax both during and after the session.
Spaces can be booked online by visiting test

Milos rides high with On The RopesMilos rides high with On The Ropes
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Germany - Milos provided the design, static calculation and delivery of Milos truss products for a high wire bike climbing course for client, On The Ropes.
On The Ropes is based in Radevormwald and has been led by owner Hajo Muller since 1995. Their main focus is on the planning and building of rope courses at height that are in-tune with the natural surroundings. They also plan and build climbing walls, adventure stations and customized structures. One of their past standout projects includes the Big TeePee complex, which is the world’s biggest teepee, that was designed and constructed for Expo 2000 in Hannover.
The High Wire Bike project started with a rough concept provided to the A4I Germany office by On The Ropes. With this rough idea in hand, Area Four Industries technical director Norbert Tripp designed a feasible structural solution and carry out all structural calculations in order to bring this concept to life.
The resulting artificial climbing structure, which is for rent and can be temporarily installed for any event, is made with a series of Milos truss A-frames that are 11m high and stabilised with guy wires. The 80m climbing course and bike path are then achieved using two parallel wires that are stretched across the A-frames at more than 8m above the ground. The bottom wire is for climbers to either walk or make the terror-filled bike ride, and the top wire is a safety wire used for securing their climbing harness.
The course starts with climbers going up and across the Burma Bridge to reach the first platform. From this poi

The Show Must Go On report publishedThe Show Must Go On report published
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK -The Second Edition of festival and outdoor event sustainability report The Show Must Go On has revealed the latest industry figures, trends and practices.
Five years since the first edition was published, the new 126-page report, which has been crowdfunded by the industry, gives an insight into sector sustainability, and reflects the progress made in technologies, materials and operational practices to reduce environmental impacts. Its main chapters, authored by experts in their own fields, cover Governance, Resources and Waste, Water, Food, Energy, Travel and Transport. 
The report also marks the launch of an online Knowledge Hub,, a free-to-access resource that will feature case studies, briefings and a supplier directory.
More than 100 festivals and events have made the Vision:2025 pledge and more than 60 suppliers have supported the report.
Chris Johnson, chair of Powerful Thinking and Vision2025, states: “After a decade of the Powerful Thinking industry steering group, this is a significant step in the journey. The industry has now come together around a vision and has crowdfunded world-leading resources to inspire meaningful action. This has been a huge collaborative effort and our thanks go out to all contributors, including Festival Republic, Continest and Nordic Wristbands, whose financial support underpinned the process.
“The report is a call to action. Whatever people and organisations have done to date,

Absen LED ‘in stock and ready for shipping’Absen LED ‘in stock and ready for shipping’
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Chinese LED manufacturer Absen has moved to allay any concerns caused by the global outbreak of Covid-19 by stocking more than 5,000sq.m of LED product ready for shipping, with further 27,000 sq.m in production covering the company’s array of indoor, outdoor and rental display products.
The stock comes from the company’s manufacturing base in Huizhou as well as Absen’s European headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, and across the regions covered by its network of distributors.
Absen is also planning to move its European offices into larger premises by 30 March. The new warehouse is expected to provide the capacity to hold twice the amount of stock than the company’s current one.
The manufacturer has also reported that its factory has been “working at full capacity to meet high demand - with orders up in Europe by 128% when compared to the same period last year”. Leads were also up by 20% versus 2019.
Tania Zhao, managing director of Absen Europe, comments: “We would like to reassure our customers and the market that our company is in a very strong position. We have a vast array of products in stock, which can be shipped directly, or collected from our European warehouse in Germany or our regional distribution partners. Our priority is to ensure our customers and our partners continue to have access to the latest LED products.”
(Jim Evans)

Fineline Lighting hosts MagicQ trainingFineline Lighting hosts MagicQ training
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - Fineline Lighting, based near Bristol, hosted over 20 lighting designers across two days on 17-18 February for basic and advanced MagicQ training, in partnership with ChamSys.
The ChamSys team were joined for the training by Chauvet ChamSys product specialist Rebbecca Cadd.
The basic course covered the use of all MagicQ products including the range of PC Wings and MagicQ consoles. It taught attendees about starting new shows from scratch, layouts, patching, recording and editing cues, cue lists and chases, FX programming and pixelmapping.
The advanced course covered advanced MagicQ features including advanced patching, media server control, timecode, scheduled events, execute window and group FX.
Aziz Adilkhodjaev, international business development manager at ChamSys, comments: “Massive thanks to Rob and Sevim [Sangwell, Fineline directors] for organising this day. Everything went smoothly with all trainees being very happy with all the arrangements, training facility, lunch and hospitality of the hosts in general.
“After the success of the first training, we are looking forward to organising more training there throughout the year for lighting professionals to learn more about ChamSys products and get to know more about Fineline's operations and extensive expertise in their fields."
Rob Sangwell adds: “Fineline were delighted to host these free training sessions for Lighting Designers. We believe it’s important to provide these courses to LDs to support their continued professional development and keep them up to

Cymatic Audio and punQtum join forces
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

The Netherlands - punQtum B.V. has announced a cooperation with Cymatic Audio in the fields of logistics, service and procurement.
Arie van den Broek, founder of both companies, comments: “When it comes to back-office operations, it made sense to join forces to avoid unnecessary costs. However, this arrangement will not affect the distribution channels of either company. punQtum remains a strictly business-to-business direct sales operation, whereas Cymatic Audio products will remain available through our valued dealers and distribution partners in the market.”
punQtum was established in 2019 to focus on professional tools for the live event and professional audio industry. With a firm commitment to the pro audio community, punQtum has set out to develop tools that are based on open technology standards and designed to make a difference. “We listened carefully to the discussions within the community and came back with the impression that proper communication tools are one of the missing pieces.”
Consequentially, the first products developed by punQtum are tools for digital intercom systems based on network technology. “Using network technology makes total sense,” Arie says. “Ethernet is available in many places already, and we designed our beltpacks and speaker stations to be plug-and-play and as easy as analogue.”
The first products of the new company were shipped earlier this month.
(Jim Evans)

ISE community supports children’s hospitalISE community supports children’s hospital
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) has engaged support from its global community in a charitable project for the Emma Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the Amsterdam University Medical Centre. Multiple AV brands and a CEDIA Award-winning installer, Woelf, are working together to create an entertainment room at Het Jeroen Pit Huis, a new transitional care unit for chronically ill children and their families in the grounds of Amsterdam University Medical Centre.
“We are pleased that we can use our industry connections, and those of our co-owners, CEDIA and AVIXA, to bring together the very best products, design and installation expertise to support this project and build something wonderful for a very worthy cause,” comments Mike Blackman, MD of Integrated Systems Events. “This space will be a source of enjoyment, excitement and escape for all those staying at Het Jeroen Pit Huis. It’s a great project and will be a fitting, lasting legacy from the ISE community for the people of Amsterdam.”
“Children are our future, including those who are sick and in need of our support,” adds Prof. Dr. Hans van Goudoever, head of the Emma Children’s Hospital. “At Emma Children’s Hospital, we aim to maximise the possibilities of all chronically ill children to participate in our society.”
“RAI Amsterdam is proud to be part of ISE’s legacy to the city of Amsterdam,” says Paul Riemens, CEO of RAI Amsterdam. “Over the past 15 years, the RAI and ISE have created a partnership which has brought visitors, prosperity and enjo

KOI names five new judges for 2020KOI names five new judges for 2020
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced the appointment of five new judges across its three categories for the 2020 Awards.
The KOI Awards invites critics, journalists and industry professionals to form its three independent judging panels for the categories of Concert & Event, Television and Theatre.
Critic, broadcaster, and chair of the Theatre judging panel David Benedict is joined by three new judges: Mark Pullinger, an experienced opera critic and editor of classical music magazine Bachtrack; Sarah Crompton, dance critic for The Observer and theatre reviewer for Whatsonstage; and Susannah Clapp, theatre critic for The Observer. Each will serve a two-year term on the Theatre panel, where they join existing judges Louise Levene of the Financial Times, deputy arts editor and music critic of The Times Neil Fisher, and joint lead critic of The Stage, Tim Bano.
Welcoming the new appointments, Benedict comments: “All six judges see lighting in artforms beyond their own particular discipline, so I look forward to highly informed, engaged and opinionated discussion in all five theatre categories at this year's judging session.”
Meanwhile, the Concert & Event judging panel welcomed Total Production International (TPi) editor Stew Hume as its new judge. Hume joins LSi editor Claire Beeson; lighting director of 18 Degrees Christopher Knowlton; music business and events consultant Ronnie Gurr; and head of lighting design at Imagination Johnny Milmer.
KOI has a

Audio-Technica expands distribution portfolioAudio-Technica expands distribution portfolio
Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Europe - Audio-Technica has announced a partnership with Audio Pro Business which will see the Swedish speaker manufacturer join Audio-Technica’s portfolio of distributed brands in the UK, Ireland, France and Spain with effect from 1 March.
Audio Pro Business commercial installation speaker solutions will join brands such as Audio-Technica, Allen & Heath, Genelec, Audient and Artnovion in Audio-Technica’s offering.
With a 40-year history in speaker design and manufacture, pioneering technologies such as wireless audio and lighting rail quick connections, Audio Pro Business wireless speakers allow easy installation, flexibility and audio quality while allowing customers to connect to modern streaming media services.
Gary Maguire, commercial director Audio-Technica EMEA, says: “We are delighted to be representing Audio Pro Business in our UK and Ireland, French and Spanish territories. Audio Pro Business addresses the needs of business wanting better quality sound and the flexibility to match changing retail and hospitality environments. The brand’s forward-thinking approach aligns to many of the requests we have experienced in the market. We look forward to working on some exciting projects in the coming months.”
Jens Henriksen, Audio Pro CCO, adds: “We are very happy to join Audio-Technica’s portfolio of premium brands. We believe our products deliver a solution well adapted for the installation market and are a great complement to Audio-Technica’s existing offering. The new relationship will allow us to provide reseller


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