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pixel-artworksPixel Artworks opens Middle East facility
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

UAE - Pixel Artworks has announced the official opening of its new Middle East office and immersive showroom, located in Dubai’s Design District (d3).
Pixel Artworks employs a combination of experiential design and technical expertise, together with animation, immersive audio and interactive elements, to create ‘virtually limitless concepts from giant airport activations to choreographed live shows to 360-degree immersive environments’.
Dan Alldis, global development director, Pixel Artworks, said, “With 15 years of innovation, creativity and technical expertise behind us, we’ve been able to deliver some of the Middle East’s most ambitious AV installations over the past two years. When you see some of the incredible work we have produced, it is easy to forget that it starts with a single pixel – so we are excited to be able to welcome visitors to our new regional office and immersive showroom and demonstrate just how we push the boundaries in light technology.”
Recent installations in the Middle East include Essence of Expo – an AV installation featuring 10 x 10m tall LED sculptures that transformed Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 Arrivals Hall into a giant LED and audio installation.
For Gulf Air – Bahrain - one of the world’s tallest projection mapping shows ever was displayed onto the Four Seasons Hotel in Bahrain. The project produced for Gulf Air featured an aviation style projection for the launch of their new aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner
The showroom experience at Pixel Artworks’ new facility giv

aura-visualVoid Acoustics appoints distributor for Thailand
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Thailand - Void Acoustics has announced a new partnership with new company Aura Visual System based in Bangkok. Aura Visual System is headed up by Pankom Klaykum who has an extensive career in AV product distribution across the region as well as a strong knowledge of Void products.
“We share a similar drive for the provision of excellent audio to our customers, and my team and I are excited to be aligning with Void Acoustics as their exclusive distributor for Thailand,” comments Pankom.
“Whilst we have done some business in Thailand in the past, there is a huge amount of potential for Void with the country being an important tourist destination and with Bangkok being a major entertainment hub in South-East Asia,” says Sean Iskhandar, APAC sales manager for Void Acoustics from his base in Singapore.
Pankom explains further: “The club sector is a prominent part of our business plan with Void going forward. And our experience has taught us that the club market and the DJs playing in these clubs have exacting needs and often request Void systems. We recognise the performance products the brand offers and so Void Acoustics is a very welcome addition to our portfolio.”
Aura Visual System also provides installations for the high-end residential sector – something which aligns with Void’s extensive product range.
“Alongside the club sector, we know that Void has a strong foothold in the high-end domestic market for residential audio installations and so this is another area where we can specify the beautifully crafted (bot

eric-claptonRoyal Albert Hall celebrations salute live music
Tuesday, 23 February 2021

UK - The Royal Albert Hall has launched its 150th anniversary year with a 90-second tribute to live music entitled Your Room Will Be Ready, narrated by Mick Jagger, directed by BAFTA-nominee Tom Harper and scored by Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price.
The short film, which focuses on the anticipation and energy of live events, pairs images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of archive event footage from 1933 to the present, accompanied by Sir Mick reading from For Friends Only by W.H. Auden.
Sir Mick said: “Without doubt, the Royal Albert Hall is one of the greatest concert venues in the world and so I was delighted to be asked to read a short poem by W.H. Auden as part of this excellent short film by Tom Harper.
“I have some wonderful memories of performing there with the Stones in the 1960s when once or twice it did get a bit wild, with enthusiastic fans joining us onstage and almost bringing the show to an abrupt end – but we soldiered on and had a great time.”
Director Tom Harper said: “"I have desperately missed live performance – there is something electric and fundamentally human about the shared experience of being in a room surrounded by other people, part of an audience. The Royal Albert Hall is a magnificent building even when it's empty, but what makes it truly special is the connection it fosters through those shared experiences. That is what this film is about; not only a celebration of performances from the Hall's glorious past, but also the sense of anticipation of some of the thin

stagehandArtists rally behind Stagehand #ILoveLive fundraiser
Monday, 22 February 2021

UK - In 2020, the first #ILoveLive prize draw raised £546,000 for the charity Stagehand helping music and road crew in desperate need. Launched this month is #ILoveLive 2, featuring more prizes from artists, promoters, venues and festivals.
Artists involved include Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Iron Maiden, Muse, Spice Girls, Simple Minds, Passenger, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
David Stopps, Ian McAndrew and Tom Schroeder, alongside Andrew Lenthall and Mike Lowe from Stagehand, began the #ILoveLive Prize Draw campaign to help raise funds for all the music stage and road crew in the live music events industry that have been affected by the pandemic.
David Stopps said: “When I heard about the tenth suicide among stage crew in late August, I knew I had to do something. Stage crew are not only suffering great financial hardship but most are also experiencing mental ill health. Money raised from these prize draws will actually save lives and help to safeguard their future.”
In September 2020 the Stagehand Covid-19 Crew Relief Fund was launched, with a target of raising £1m (including donations) by the end of 2020. This was achieved with the current total at £1.17m which has enabled Stagehand to issue over 900 grants to crew, with many more to follow in 2021.
The #ILoveLive prize draw campaign, in partnership with the Crowdfunder platform, gives music fans the chance to give something back to the people who make life-affirming live events happen and to win money-can’t-buy prizes from their favourite artists. This is not an aucti

wme-gcsu#WeMakeEvents issues a call to arms after worrying findings
Thursday, 18 February 2021

UK - The UK government is being urged to recognise the “human and economic devastation” inflicted by the pandemic on the live events supply chain as part of a new awareness campaign launched by #WeMakeEvents this morning.
The Government Can’t See Us, Can You? unveils the devastation the pandemic has wrought on the live event supply chain as told through the stories of industry professionals. The movement has issued an open letter to Rishi Sunak asking the government to support out-of-work individuals and businesses and engage with the sector to develop a re-opening plan and a government-backed COVID-19 cancellation insurance.
The initiative is also calling on the public to join the conversation on social media by using #GovCantSeeUs and by writing to their MP.
Alongside The Government Can’t See Us, Can You?, #WeMakeEvents has published worrying findings from its latest survey carried out among 2,800 businesses and individuals in the live events supply chain.
It revealed that nearly half (43%) said they didn’t have the resources to survive until the summer, and more than a third of respondents (34%) had not received any government support throughout the crisis.
In addition, 50% of those surveyed have had to take work outside of live events to supplement their income, whilst a third have been forced to or are considering to leave the sector. The majority (93%) of respondents have said that their income has fallen dramatically, wi

the-elation-coffee-break500x500-3Paladin guests on Elation Coffee Break
Thursday, 18 February 2021

Europe - Elation continues the Elation Coffee Break webinar series on Thursday, 18 February at 11:00 a.m. CEST with technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and international sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Paladin series of versatile wash/blinder/effect lights
Since its debut on the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the IP65-rated Paladin range has emerged as industry staple luminaires useful for a wide variety of applications from vibrant stage wash and dynamic uplight to flexible effect light, audience blinder/strobe and eye candy effect. Valued for its versatility, as well as its all-weather toughness, the range encompasses the Paladin, Paladin Panel, Paladin Brick and Paladin Cube.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series. To view previous Elation Coffee Break webinars, visit

dtsDTS set to reveal new-look website
Thursday, 18 February 2021

Italy - DTS Lighting is set to reveal its new look company website (www.dts-lighting). The improved platform, on-line from March 2021, will be easy to use and navigate and will give the users a fast way into the world of DTS, says the manufacturer.
The website is now a renovated hub for data besides being a new practical instrument for clients, distributors, architects, designers, and users all around the professional market. “Everything will be presented in a new way that will recall what has been already seen during 2020: the graphical restyling which highlights the orange and gray colours of the new company image.”
Sales director Raffaella Scaccia comments: “For us it is always more and more important that information and instructions regarding solutions and services can be easily accessed and this is why we have focused on making the navigation faster and more user-friendly.
“We have done everything we could in order to accurately update the available data and documentation and we are positive that this new website will become a platform for sharing our experience and knowledge regarding design, manufacture, and communication with our partners, both present and future.
The website offers the ability to log-in from the main menu to the more relevant products for the user’s needs. DTS has chosen to split the products into two areas dedicated to entertainment and architainment, to make navigation easier to all users and offer a more dedicated display of

landesfunkhausniedersachsen4Hannover broadcaster invests in Rivage PM7
Thursday, 18 February 2021

Germany - Part of the German public broadcasting service, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), the historic Landesfunkhaus Nierdersachsen (Lower Saxony State Broadcasting Station) in Hannover includes two concert halls. The installation of a Rivage PM7 digital mixing system in the larger venue marks nearly 30 years of relying on Yamaha mixers.
Broadcasting in Hannover dates back to 1924, moving to the current site in 1950 with the construction of what was then the most technically advanced broadcast station in Europe. The original, 350-seat Kleiner Sendesaal concert hall was joined by the 1250-seat Großer Sendesaal in the 1960s, home to the renowned NDR Radio Philharmonic orchestra. Both venues are used for over 100 live concerts, shows, awards ceremonies and similar events every year, many broadcast live or recorded for later transmission.
With the needs of guest artists, production riders and audience expectations rising, both venues have recently had their audio specifications upgraded, including the installation of a Yamaha Rivage PM7 digital mixing system in the Großer Sendesaal.
The Landesfunkhaus Nierdersachsen audio team has worked with Yamaha digital mixers since the mid-1990s, initially with an 03D and 02R, later adding an 01V96, LS9-32, M7CL and PM5D. The development of the CL and QL series was crucial for the venue because, in addition to the widely-accepted Yamaha menu structure, routing audio via Dante made the implementation of larger productions easier. The RIVAGE PM series further improved the team’s options for operation and audio rou

disguise-internship-programmedisguise addresses diversity in technology
Thursday, 18 February 2021

UK - disguise has launched a new internship programme designed to “seek out, train and invite the very best talent from other under-represented backgrounds into the technology industry”.
disguise has forged partnerships with two initiatives - Kwanda, a non-profit organisation supporting enterprise and creativity within the black community, and Workfinder, which matches students with opportunities in start-ups and scaleups.
“It was important for disguise to collaborate with Kwanda to address racial diversity within the tech industry,” says the company. “By partnering with Workfinder, disguise is directly supporting their Women in Tech scheme that aims to deliver increased gender equality in the STEM sector.
“The new internship programme simultaneously gives young people the chance to explore a technology career while addressing inequality in the technology industry. Diversity is something disguise actively seeks to play a part in furthering as it develops high potential talent.”
Interns will spend a year gaining experience in two disguise teams; majoring in one placement, and minoring in the other. For the first three months of 2021, the interns will be in their minor placements and their major placements will happen between March this year and January 2022. The interns will work on a project during the major placement, which they will present as a dissertation at the end of the year.
Participants will gain hands-on experience working within the teams and learn everything they need to know to excel at disguise, says the com

plasa-abtt-4x3-banner-v4PLASA and ABTT join forces for 2021 event
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK - PLASA, the association for the live entertainment technology industry, and the ABTT (Association of British Theatre Technicians) are pleased to announce a collaboration that will bring the 2021 editions of both the PLASA Show and the ABTT Theatre Show under one roof from 5-7 September at Olympia London.
For 2021 only, this partnership between the two established associations aims to reduce pressure on the exhibition calendar as the industry’s eco-system recovers from the impacts of the pandemic and will bring the broad sector together for one landmark event.
As previously planned for 2020, PLASA Show 2021 - for this year with the ABTT Theatre Show - will debut at Olympia’s largest hall, the Grand. The ABTT Theatre Show will run in its own defined space, retaining its unique identity, and celebrating the ABTT’s 60th anniversary. The spacious Grand hall will also make room for more inspiring stands, more show features, and perhaps most importantly, extra aisle width for visitors to move around freely and safely.
It is with regret that PLASA Focus Leeds, due to take place from 11-12 May at the Royal Armouries Leeds, has been postponed for a second year. Following careful consideration of the uncertainty around the UK’s lockdown restrictions and the complex challenges facing the industry, PLASA has made the decision to only present the London-based PLASA Show this year and is very excited to be able to work with the ABTT in order to collaborate with the ABTT Theatre Show. By consolidating the trade show calendar to a single date line, bo

soundisessentialwinnersSound is Essential contest winners named
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

USA - Lectrosonics, together with a number of dealers, industry manufacturers and end-users, has been spearheading a social media campaign to emphasise that no matter the medium, sound is critical.
The company has now announced the winners of the Sound is Essential creativity contest - Michael Wynn; Sound Speeds/Allen Lee Williams; Curtiss Judd and Siddharth Sadashiv.
Michael Wynn of Michael Wynn Sound has been named the first place winner, for his video reflecting on the variety of events which have taken place during 2020 and how sound truly played an essential part of each of them. See the video here:
Sound Speeds/Allen Lee Williams took second place by showing how just essential sound is with his video that is much more important to listen to than to watch.
Tied for third prize are Curtiss Judd and Siddharth Sadashiv. Curtiss Judd’s video on YouTube tells you that nothing is wrong with the sound on your device and shows us how sound is essential by what we are missing. Siddharth Sadashiv’s humorous video shows us just how much the absence of sound brings about an almost physical reaction.
Lectrosonics would like to thank the pro audio dealers including Go

matrixMatrix Sales appointed Visual Productions distributor
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Europe - Netherlands-based architectural lighting control specialist Visual Productions has announced Matrix Sales as its new exclusive distributor for Denmark.
Matrix Sales became an exclusive distributor of Visual Productions in the last quarter of 2020. It is now fully responsible for sales, project support and technical support in Denmark and distributes a full range of products from Visual Productions available from stock. 
“I am very impressed with the professionalism that one encounters with Visual Productions and its crew in handling service and backup on technical solutions and challenges,” comments Urs Friis-Alstrup, sales manager of Matrix Sales, specialising in light and staging. “A distributor's best wishes for cooperation in a demanding market. Looking forward to many good years together.”
Hana Havrdova, account manager for Visual Productions, adds: “When Urs from Matrix Sales approached us and expressed the desire of Matrix Sales to become an exclusive distributor for Denmark, it was very important for us - the team of Visual Productions - to know that our current Danish customers will receive the best service we could wish for.”

mxl-midwich-logosMidwich to distribute MXL Microphones in UK
Wednesday, 17 February 2021

UK/USA - MXL Microphones is expanding the availability of its Unified Communications/UCC product lines to customers in the UK by partnering with distributor Midwich.
“This opportunity has come at the perfect time for MXL as our distribution network is rapidly evolving to meet market need,” comments Trevor Fedele, MXL director. “The expansion of our distribution capabilities with Midwich benefits everyone in our supply chain, while also laying the groundwork for continued growth.”
“Midwich is delighted to provide MXL mics to our channel partners in the UK and Ireland,” adds Alison Charters, divisional manager at Midwich. “The company’s wide range of products improve audio quality and are an ideal solution for today’s market, whether you’re a solo user on the move, working from home or in the office environment. We see MXL mics as a key audio product for the evolving Unified Communication (UC) market, as we move towards a hybrid working model.”
“With the rapidly growing demand for remote work solutions, it is a vital time for manufacturers to increase product availability on a global scale,” continues Fedele. “This new partnership emphasises MXL’s core value of putting our customers’ current needs at the forefront of our business strategy. The entire team at MXL is thrilled to be working alongside Midwich, as we anticipate a successful and advantageous relationship for both parties, and most importantly, for our customers.”

plasa-webinarPLASA to host free webinar on UKCA
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

UK - PLASA, the lead association for the entertainment technology industry, is running a free webinar on Wednesday 24 February to help attendees better understand the basics of the new UKCA marking which is now required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain.
Following on from a series of webinars covering business, trade and HR, this session will explore terms and definitions that relate to the new UKCA and CE UKNI markings. PLASA will be joined by expert host Rob Hine, head of commercial partnerships at BSI (an approved body for UKCA), who will break down what these terms mean in the context of UKCA and what this means for those placing products on the market. Rob will also take the time to answer any questions.
This webinar will prove essential for both UK and international businesses who sell products in the UK. Following the session, attendees will be given additional resources to help them navigate the new marking procedures.
‘Understanding the basics of UKCA’ will run from 11am-12:30pm (UK time) on Wednesday 24 February. Pre-registration is essential via:

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Under Pressure - Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under renewed pressure to provide greater financial security to the arts sector’s self-employed workforce in the forthcoming Budget, as the findings of a new inquiry warn of a talent exodus without support.
The Inquiry into the Future of Self-Employment has been carried out by Prospect – the parent union of BECTU – and calls on the chancellor to end “the exclusions from the government’s income support packages”, which have seen millions of self-employed and freelance workers fall through the gaps of existing financial support schemes.
As part of the inquiry’s research, a survey of more than 2,200 self-employed workers was carried out, of which 39% were trade union members.
BECTU head Philippa Childs gave evidence to the inquiry and said: "Workers in the creative industries have been left with little to no support from government schemes in the last year, resulting in a financial crisis for freelancers across the UK. I urge the chancellor to take on board the recommendations in this report, end the exclusion of millions of freelancers from government income support packages, and set out a new deal for freelancers and the self-employed for the future."
A Treasury spokesman said: "We’ve invested more than £280 billion throughout the pandemic to protect millions of jobs and businesses, and extended our self-employed and furlough schemes through to April so that people have certainty that help is in place. At the upcoming Budget we’ll outline the next stages of our plan for

power-usersProcom joins Ctrl for iPad user group
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

UAE - Procom Middle East has been recognised as a ‘power user’ of ON LX's Ctrl for iPad App.
Procom is a professional audio, lighting, video, rigging, and stage effects equipment supplier based in the UAE with a wide portfolio of entertainment technology brands hardware sales and distribution.
Ctrl for iPad first made its debut in 2018 and has been used in over 56 countries with over 21,000 downloads in the past six months alone. The idea behind the application is to give AV integrators and live events technicians a canvas to create a bespoke control interface using images, buttons, sliders and more, all capable of sending commands to different pieces of AV hardware.
Wiam Boutine of Procom comments, "Dynamic and complex lighting, audio and video installations are no longer exclusive to professional venues and sophisticated event stages. They are everywhere: from fitness studios to retail shops. With that, comes the need for an easy-to-use interface that operates across control platforms and communication protocols. Ctrl for iPad is just that. It creates the bridge between the most advanced controls systems, such as Avolites and Madrix, and a fully customized visual interface on an iPad. We are looking forward to supporting Ctrl for iPad users in the Middle East market."
ON LX’s operations director James Walton adds, “We’re incredibly proud to welcome Procom as a power user. With an expert team, a wealth of project knowledge, a strong integration background and an impressive project portfolio, we feel they'll be of great assistance to

lightwareLightware strengthens West Coast presence
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

USA - Lightware Visual Engineering has announced the opening of its newest branch to expand its presence across the West Coast area. Co-incidentally, Steve Alexander joins as general manager of the US West Region.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve Alexander to our team,” says Jason Tirado president, Lightware Inc. “Steve and I have been personal friends and professional colleagues for decades. Steve is one of the brightest minds in AV and one of the smartest people I know. He will be charged with ramping up our presence in the thirteen states in the Western Region.”
“Lightware has been a growing presence in the market for the last several years,” says Alexander. “After meeting the team and completing my research, I am fully convinced that the Lightware brand is at a tipping point. I cannot imagine a more fulfilling development than using my experience to create even more success for Lightware.”

leaLEA Professional extends US sales network
Tuesday, 16 February 2021

USA - LEA Professional has partnered with Lienau AV to serve the company’s growing market in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.
Lienau AV was established in 1948 by founder Charlie Lienau to help electronics manufacturers develop their brands and connect them with the right distribution partners.
“We look for manufacturing partners that have a strong sense of brand identity and unique technologies that provide real value,” commented Chris Hutnick, partner, Lienau AV Associates. “We also like partners with a clear long-term vision. As you might expect from a company that’s been around for three generations, we like to grow things deliberately from the ground up. Establishing strong roots early to provide a stable foundation for maximum growth over time is what we’re all about.”
While 2020 was a challenging year for the industry as a whole, LEA Professional continued its growth trajectory.
“Our solutions are a perfect fit for a world where remote work is the norm,” said Joey Palkowitch, North America sales manager, LEA Professional. “We have seen a surge in demand for LEA Professional solutions over the past year, with many integrators utilizing not only the remote functionality but realizing the potential of a recurring revenue model. We look forward to continuing on this growth path with Lienau AV.”

sj-award-2021ABTT announces Stephen Joseph Award
Monday, 15 February 2021

UK - To mark the centenary of Stephen Joseph’s birth and the 60th anniversary of the founding of ABTT, the ABTT Stephen Joseph Committee has announced an award to commemorate the life and work of the influential theatre practitioner and pioneer of theatre in-the-round.
A statement from the ABTT says: “Stephen Joseph was one of the most influential theatre practitioners of the last century. He was one of the founders of the ABTT and the Society of Theatre Consultants, now the Institute of Theatre Consultants. He promoted new writing, architectural standards and technical excellence, and was an inspiring university teacher. His pioneering work has given rise to the use of myriad forms of theatre and open staging in current practice. At the heart of his philosophy was the close and fundamental relationship between performer and audience. Above all, he established theatre-in-the-round as a legitimate theatrical form in the UK.
This award honours Stephen’s wide-ranging legacy which continues to influence many aspects of theatre practice. The first ABTT Stephen Joseph Award will be presented in June 2021.”
ABTT Stephen Joseph Award specifications:
There are three categories from which one recipient of the award will be chosen. For the sake of clarity, there will be just one award in 2021 presented to the most deserving nomination drawn from any one of the following categories:
1. A living individual whose work or body of work has created an exemplary and adventurous relationship between performance and audience.

showlight1Virtual Showlight issues Call for Speakers
Friday, 12 February 2021

World - Following the recent announcement of Virtual Showlight 2021 which will take place online on 25 May, 2021, Showlight is renewing its Call for Papers from speakers keen to be a part of this inaugural event.
Showlight has always centred on its fascinating programme of papers, delivered by lighting practitioners from around the world. Determined to uphold the spirit of the popular quadrennial event despite the global restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Showlight will treat its delegates to a day of talks and networking opportunities online that give a flavour of the full event.
Submit your ideas
The organisers are therefore issuing a fresh call for papers to anyone involved in lighting - be they lighting designers, lighting directors, directors of photography, architectural lighting designers or associated crafts like programmers and manufacturers - to submit papers ideas suitable for presentation in the virtual conference on 25 May. Papers are to be 20 - 30 minutes in length, followed by a Q&A session. “Full technical support will be given in advance, so don’t be daunted by the virtual platform,” says Showlight.
“We aim for variety, across topics relevant to all aspects of the lighting industry today, and we envisage this will be especially appealing to speakers whose commitments usually prevent them from speaking at a full Showlight event. We want to hear about your experiences, your ambitions, your inspirations, your concerns, your successes and your failures. We are not looking for simple product promotio

zero-88-new-online-training-sessionZero 88 presents further free online training
Friday, 12 February 2021

UK - Zero 88 has announced a new array of online product training sessions running through February and March 2021, presented in-person by product specialist Edward Smith.
Running via Zoom, participants can also request a link to the recording for re-watching ‘and use these assets as a tool for refreshing and reinvigorating their lighting console programming skills’.
Most of the training is focussed on Zero 88’s popular and powerful FLX range of lighting control consoles. These first sessions of the year will cover the FLX, FLX S24 and FLX S48, plus the ZerOS Server, and will also be applicable to other Zero 88 consoles running the ZerOS operating system.
This follows on from a considerable number of regular training seminars initiated by Zero 88 throughout 2020, taking advantage of the unexpected free time that so many lighting professionals found themselves facing as lockdowns and COVID restrictions kicked in.
So successful was the programme that Zero 88 also started live streaming several sessions that can be re-watched at any time on their YouTube channel.
“We wanted to continue the trend and keep assisting with learning and refreshing in the areas people are demanding,” stated Edward.
The sessions are crafted for anyone who wants to know more about Zero 88’s powerful and easy to use FLX range and are aimed at three key groups – those interested in the brand and the architecture; those looking for a console that’s right for them and their application; and experienced power-users wanting to maximise and get

mtnMTN Shop launches UK website
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - MTN Shop EMEA, an E-commerce platform offering workwear, safety products, and rigging & lifting equipment, has proved popular across Europe since entering the international market in 2017. Building on this success, MTN has recently launched its exclusive UK website,, to provide their UK customers with a Brexit-proof shopping experience.
UK visitors will now experience seamless navigation across multiple collections, with over 5,000 products from over 20 industry-leading brands available from a one stop shop for businesses and consumers alike, says the company.
“Over the past five years in the EMEA market, MTN Shop has adapted based on our customers’ needs. Launching a UK based site with a Brexit friendly purchasing process for our UK friends and colleagues is an essential part of our constant evolution to service and support our valued customer base,” says MD Ron Rose.

ctme-supports-students-3CTME supports Sharjah arts students
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UAE - Creative Technology Middle East (CTME) is supporting Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) in their mission to train undergraduate students in performing arts sectors, with a particular focus on supporting students in the production arts.
CTME has partnered with SPAA to deliver technical information and guidance to students to further their knowledge and passion for entering the production world. CTME’s industry professionals have already provided several engaging classes, sharing their years of experience and expertise around video elements within the live events industry.
The partnership has progressed well over the past six months, and CTME is now providing additional support by supplying various video equipment for the students to train on.
CTME is keen to engage with the academic sector and with SPAA in particular as this will help increase the number of skilled technicians within the region.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer support to this worthwhile Academic initiative, and we look forward to working with the staff and students in developing the production arts skillsets within the region,” says Lee Forde, Creative Technology UAE general manager.
Professor Peter Barlow, SPAA executive director, says, “A massive thank you to our creative industry friends, Creative Technology ME, for this excellent donation of projectors for our students to work with. It is my sincere hope that SPAA graduates will soon be working with them, having acquired the necessary skills, because of Creative Technology’s generosity.

peter-thomas-at-tape-londonPMC marks 30 years
Thursday, 11 February 2021

UK - Loudspeaker pioneer PMC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, marking three decades of ‘Best of British’ loudspeaker design and manufacture for both the international professional music production and audiophile markets.
Peter Thomas, PMC founder and owner, comments on the occasion: “When I started the company with my friend and colleague, Adrian Loader, I had no idea that our audio knowledge and passion for music would one day end up with our small company designing and building universally respected loudspeakers for audiophiles and for some of the biggest artists, producers and audio facilities in the world.”
PMC was established in 1991 by Thomas who was then a BBC engineer, and FWO Bauch engineer Adrian Loader, in response to requirements from the BBC for a monitor speaker that could handle the high sound levels required for pop and rock monitoring, but with ultra-high resolution. The pair created their first loudspeaker, the ‘Big Box’, in Peter’s garage and accompanying electronics in Adrian’s garage. Once refined and renamed the BB5, it was installed into BBC Maida Vale Studios and so started the journey of discovery and invention to perfect the art of loudspeaker design that continues today.
Shortly after the introduction of the BB5 and formation of PMC, Thomas and Loader launched their first domestic loudspeaker, the LB1. The company now has a healthy reputation in the home audio and custom installation sectors, with products that bring studio quality audio reproduction into the home.
Thomas explains why th


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