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demo-inviteL-Acoustics demo in Durban
Friday, 25 October 2019

South Africa - DWR Distribution is inviting interested parties and companies to attend an L-Acoustics demo on Tuesday, 29 October in Durban.
Taking place at the Glenridge Church in Stamford Hill, the free event will run between 12:00 and 15:00, with a focus on the L-Acoustics Kiva II and the A15 (Wide & Focus). Those wishing to attend should register at dwrdistribution.co.za/register/l-acousticsdurban.

aesny2019exhibitionInspiration abounds at AES New York 2019
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - Under the banner Inspire, professional audio’s annual family reunion returned to New York City’s Javits Center for four October days where inspiration was abundant as leading audio innovators shared their knowledge and experience alongside gear designed to spark creativity and imagination while enhancing productivity.
“The programme rocked, and the exhibits were packed with people. Everyone was very excited to be there,” shares Agnieszka Roginska, AES New York 2019 co-chair and AES president-elect. “No time in AES’s history has seen a more diverse, innovative and forward-looking programme.” Convention co-chair and AES Secretary Valerie Tyler elaborates: “We expanded the comprehensive technical programme to include more genres, a broader range of new technologies and a wider breadth of voices than ever before.”
“We’re so proud of the team that came together to make this convention a reality,” adds Jonathan Wyner, the third of the Convention’s co-chairs. “From the technical program to the exhibition hall, the interests of every attendee were met. Expanded topics drew new attendees and let long-time attendees expand their horizons.”
More than 750 of professional audio’s leading innovators presented in the more than 330 sessions in the All Access Technical Programme and the 130 sessions on the Exhibition Hall’s Inspiration Stages and in its topical Theatres, alongside 236 exhibiting brands - was evident in the registration numbers, according to Colleen Harper, AES executive director.
“Registration

 
 
vectorworksRegistration opens for Vectorworks Summit
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks has announced open registration for its fifth Vectorworks Design Summit.
From 22-24 April 2020 in San Diego, California at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, design professionals, educators and students in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries will have the opportunity to attend industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.
“This is our first time hosting the Design Summit on the West Coast, and we look forward to the networking opportunities, training workshops and events we’ve planned for attendees in beautiful San Diego,” comments Vectorworks director of channel operations, Tara Grant. “With the resort’s numerous activities and this year’s speakers, we know everyone will have the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Most importantly, they’ll obtain inspirational takeaways and lessons from the Summit structured to enhance and develop their design careers.”
From now until 31 December, attendees can register with early bird pricing for just $499. Plus, with each paid registration, attendees can buy a second registration at half price. Attendees who book a hotel room by 30 November will receive a $25 SWAG store gift card.
This year sees the introduction of two exclusive training courses: Basecamp for Spotlight Users and Basecamp for Architect & Landmark Kick off the Design Summit with eight hours of in-depth training for a $200 discount off the normal price

 
ldiLDI 2019 expects record attendance
Friday, 25 October 2019

USA - With just less than a month to go until LDI 2019, organisers have announced they expect record attendance and participation in this year’s events.
LDI runs from 18-24 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, starting with the LDInstitute and LDIntensives sessions and LiveXperience Symposium, culminating in the exhibit hall tradeshow from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 November.
“We’re thrilled that this year’s LDI Show looks set to be the most well-attended yet, bringing the global live production community from over 80 countries to Las Vegas to share ideas, exhibit and do business,” says LDI's managing director, David Johnson. “Our registration process shows us that people are coming from a wide range of international live and broadcast venues - festivals, corporate events, theatre, concerts, clubs, theme parks, architainment, and houses of worship. LDI has more to offer than ever, to more people than ever.”
LDI 2019 will expand its focus with emphasis on the next generation of design and technology, including AR/VR, drones, live for broadcast, and experiential design. The move will make LDI the place to discover what’s hot and what’s next and what it means for the industry.
This will be in addition to LDI’s ongoing commitment to the core live event categories of lighting, staging, video, and sound, and the awards ceremonies that take place during the week.
The LDI Debuting Products and Booth Awards Ceremony is back for 2019 and will be presented on the show floor at the end of the day on Saturday 23 November, i

 
 
paul-need10 Out Of 10 celebrates 30 years
Thursday, 24 October 2019

UK - Event production and hire company 10 Out Of 10 is celebrating 30 years in business. Formed by RADA graduate and tutor Paul Need in 1989 with the core idea of offering 10 key services to the entertainment industry, 10 Out Of 10 now works across a wide range of live events, from conferences and exhibitions to theatre, film and television.
The company achieved success with its online store, which covered lighting and sound equipment, rigging equipment, staging consumables and more. The acquisition of Drax Lighting, a leading specialist supplier of event and promotional lighting hire equipment, in 2016 further increased 10 Out Of 10’s inventory. The acquisition enabled the company to strengthen its presence outside the capital, making use of the Drax Lighting office in Dunstable.
In more recent years the company has set its sights on enhancing its event production offering, providing full production support to a wide range of events across the UK.
When asked to define what makes 10 Out Of 10 unique, Need comments: “If someone wants to buy a microphone, we’ll ask what kind of voice they have to work out if it’s right for them. We’d rather lose the sale than sell someone the wrong equipment.
“Our ethos is that we aim to do the right job at the right price, fairly. If we have to turn it down because we don’t think that what the customer is asking for is right then we will. As the company continues to grow that ethos will always be at the heart of what we do.”
(Jim Evans)

 
pixelartworksProjection Artworks rebrands as Pixel Artworks
Thursday, 24 October 2019

UK - Projection Artworks has rebranded to Pixel Artworks to reflect the company’s expanding use of pixel-based display technology.
Tom Burch, managing director of Pixel Artworks, comments: “For over a decade, our pioneering creative, technical and delivery expertise has grown alongside the incredible advances in pixel-based display technology. For years we’ve been telling clients’ stories through the best medium for that project, whether that be OLED, lighting design, LED or projection mapping. It’s time our name reflects this.
“Our clients used to come to us when the nights grew darker and people thought of projection, now our talented team of nearly 50 people across two continents can design virtually limitless concepts that excite, explain and inspire in any environment - from digital out-of-home to giant airport activations, to choreographed live shows and 360° immersive experiences. We paint with light, and the world is our canvas.”
Recent projects from Pixel Artworks include the innovative entrance stage to the globally broadcast International Swimming League competition, a large lighting and projection mapping show for the grand opening of the Macallan distillery in Scotland; a touring pop-up pavilion to promote Expo2020 in Dubai featuring LED and entire room of LCD panels, lighting displays and touch screens; and a sensitively portrayed outdoor live immersive experience for the Second World War Museum in Gdansk to mark the 80th anniversary of World War II, with choreographed live theatre, lighting design and projection mappin

 
 
miscetp-touseETP Europe acquires Pixl Evolution and Audio Evolution
Thursday, 24 October 2019

UK - Entertainment Technology Partners Europe (ETP Europe) has acquired UK-based video and audio technology companies Pixl Evolution Limited and Audio Evolution Limited. The two companies will retain their individual identities whilst gaining access to ETP’s resources.
“These are the first two companies to join ETP Europe’s portfolio and are perfectly aligned with our existing brands in the US and our ongoing global strategy,” comments Paul Hutton, ETP Europe president. “Pixl Evolution and Audio Evolution are young businesses that have attracted a wealth of industry talent and have made an impression on the events market in a short amount of time. They will continue to operate as independent companies and now have access to significant investment opportunities plus ETP’s global technical inventory and support structure. This platform will enable the businesses to accelerate their growth and reach a wider audience. It’s an exciting start as we look forward to continued growth of the ETP portfolio of brands in Europe.”
Guy Vellacott, founder and commercial director of Pixl Evolution, adds: “When ETP Europe approached us with the advantages of being part of this group, it was clear to see the amazing opportunity from day one. Having previously worked with Paul and meeting the ETP brand partners in the US, we believe this to be a great fit, both culturally and strategically.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ipsIPS to stock SGM G-7 BeaSt
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

UK - Milton Keynes-based hire company IPS has announced that hire stock of the new SGM G-7 BeaSt fixture will be available in early November. This new addition to the SGM G-7 range will combine a collimated beam effect with a high output strobe. Powered by LED Engines and packed in a compact IP65 rated moving head design, these fixtures will fit lots of design requirements.
Following a recent series of significant investments in IP rated fixtures, IPS MD James Mason was particularly impressed after seeing the fixtures, saying, “These units are seriously bright, and can create massive looks from a comparatively small unit – it is almost hard to believe it is LED.”
The fixtures represent a further commitment to the SGM brand, with whom IPS has a well-established relationship. The fixtures will join existing SGM products stocked by IPS including the G-Spot Turbo and workhorse P-5 and Q-7 fixtures which are in consistent demand.
IPS will be taking an initial order of 60 SGM G-7 BeaSt fixtures, which will be some of the first units available to hire in the UK. Hire pricing will be announced in November, and enquiries are already being taken for the fixtures following some preview demonstrations of the fixtures at Prolight & Sound and PLASA London. The official launch of the fixture will be in Las Vegas at the LDI tradeshow in late November.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
absenAbsen and Earpro celebrate partnership
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Spain - AV distributor Earpro and LED manufacturer Absen are due to celebrate the first anniversary of their official distribution partnership in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. The milestone comes at the same time as the official opening of Earpro’s new showroom in Madrid, featuring a 200sqm dedicated experience centre.
Earpro, which is part of the Midwich Group, offers a dedicated local service centre and in-house technical support for both rental and fixed installations. Earpro will also be offering technical training to customers from November 2019.
Luis Miguel Batuecas, visual media business manager of Earpro, says: "With Absen, we always feel confident that we are offering our resellers and rental companies a top-quality LED solution. We have been very impressed by Absen’s commitment to supporting us with our customers’ local requirements, which includes a fantastic Spanish-speaking team who have shown a deep understanding of the local market.”
“We have been very pleased with the success of our partnership,” adds Mirian Cheng, regional director of Absen. “We are committed to the Iberian market and will continue to invest in local service and support to ensure customer’s get the most out of their LED deployments.”
To celebrate the opening of the new office and showroom in Madrid, Earpro hosted an Absen Open Day on 16 October.
(Jim Evans)

 
prolightsProlights appoints distributor for Turkey
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Turkey - Prolights has announced that distribution and project engineering company A+SF has joined the international distribution network.
A+SF - now the largest AVL company in Turkey, was the result of a merger between two leading AVL companies in Turkey: Asimetrik and SF. By working in all vertical markets and different market segments, A+SF have been highly successful in providing solutions from small scale events through to world class projects. A+SF have spent years developing solid relationships and a strong reputation throughout Turkey.
Paolo Albani, international sales manager for Prolights, comments, “I have known both Asimetrik and SF for years and have always been impressed by their reputations throughout the market and the calibre of project they would get involved in. Now that they have joined forces, I am sure that they are the perfect partner for Prolights in Turkey and that they will cover every aspect of the market. We really look forward to working alongside them and growing our presence in the region.”
Vice president of A+SF, Mr. Gorkem Celikbilek adds, “We are impressed with the global reach and following that Prolights has achieved in recent years. At the heart of what they do is customer service – what can be made better for a user. That is really special to us, as a group as we address every segment from distribution to project engineering.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
koi-usaKOI-USA Awards reveal 2019 Theatre shortlist
Wednesday, 23 October 2019

USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA), which celebrates the creative talents of local and international lighting and video designers across the United States, has revealed the nominees for the 2019 Theatre category shortlist, following long deliberation by the judging panel.
Dance critic Lauren Warnecke of the Chicago Tribune led the Theatre judging panel in her new role as panel chair. She was joined by journalist, dancer and founder of Black Dance Magazine, Norma Porter; critic and performing arts editor for the Independent (KC), Paul Horsley; editor in chief of Arts and Culture Texas, Nancy Wozny; theatre critic for Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones; lighting designer Clifton Taylor; and dance critic for Eye on the Arts, Celia Ipiotis.
The 2019 KOI-USA theatre shortlist is as follows:
The Notch Award for Projection Design
Roma Flowers for A Bon Coeur
Brad Peterson for Broadway Bounty Hunter
Tal Yarden for Network

The ETC Award for Dance
Burke Brown for Framing Time
Brandon Stirling Baker for Reflections
Kaili Story for III. Third

The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Large Venue)
Neil Austin for Ink
Natasha Katz for Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Jan Versweyveld for Network

The Altman Lighting Award for Plays (Small Venue)
Reza Behjat for Nina Simone: Four Women
Elizabeth Harper for Mysterio

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Lead Guitar - Some of the biggest names in rock and roll including Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Steve Winwood, Mark Knopfler, Pete Townshend, Albert Lee, David Gilmour, Joe Brown, Richard Thompson and Dave Pegg have signed a guitar to be auctioned in honour of stroke victim Jerry Donahue.
In 2016, American guitarist Jerry Donahue suffered a catastrophic stroke, almost certainly ending his career as one of the world’s finest folk-rock guitarists. The former Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and Hellecasters guitarist, was regarded by the music media as an extremely talented musician with an extraordinary technical approach to string bending.
“To have so many famous signatures on this guitar is a fantastic achievement,” says close friend Dave Pegg, bassist in Fairport convention. “We know that the guitar will raise many thousands of pounds and all the money raised from the auction will go towards Jerry's rehabilitation in the USA.”
The guitar itself, donated by John Hornby Skewes, is Jerry Donahue’s own Vintage Signature V58, built to his own specifications as a collaboration with specialist guitar and hardware designer Trevor Wilkinson and JHS managing director Dennis Drumm.
The auction, to be held at Gardiner Houlgate’s Bath Auction rooms, on 11 December 2019, is expected to attract attention from collectors and music fans from all over the world.
Sound Move - The Dolby Institute has partnered with the AES Educational Foundation to offer the Dolby Institute Scholarship, award

 
 
nextNEXT-proaudio distributors meet in Porto
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Portugal - For its 2019 international distribution meeting in Porto, NEXT-proaudio welcomed over 70 international distribution partners, dealers, customers and designers from 18 countries.
This event started with a welcome dinner on 14 October. This was followed by a factory tour, demo presentation on the demo room and LA26 official presentation.
Demos of LA212x, LA122.v2, LA122A and LAm114xA were staged at Multiusos de Guimaraes, a leading arena for international concerts on the north of Portugal.
On 16 October, everybody was welcomed on the NEXT-proaudio facilities again where Powersoft started the day with Armonia presentation based on N-rak (The power rack solution using Powersoft X8 amplifiers). After this, Antonio Correia, R&D director and NEXT-proaudio owner presented the manufacturer’s own software (Soundware, Audio Tool and AST).
“This was a great opportunity for us to show all the delegates our improvements on the facilities, on the products as well as on the team. We were more than happy to receive all these people from different parts of the world, all with the same ambition, to grow NEXT-proaudio worldwide,” said Andre Correia, NEXT-proaudio’s manager.
“It was exciting to see the passion, the enthusiasm of everybody on these two days. We´re proud of our team and the distribution network. We could see our recent LA26 being one of the highlights of the event, with orders of more than 200 units after the meeting. We couldn´t be more satisfied,” Said Sergio Pinto, NEXT-proaudio sales manager.
(J

 
danteStage Audio Works hosts Dante training
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

South Africa - Audinate and its local partner, Stage Audio Works, are offering free certified Dante Level 3 training courses in South Africa at the end of October. The two-day courses will be lead by Audinate’s Kieran Walsh and will take place in the distributor’s Johannesburg and Cape Town offices on 29-30 October and 31 October – 1 November respectively.
Dante Level 3 training is an advanced level course aimed at those who have already been using the networking protocol and want to gain more insight and knowledge in setting up and managing larger Dante-enabled systems. Building on what has already been learnt in previous Dante training sessions, the Level 3 course delves deeper into various advanced networking concepts, mixed-use networks, networking best practices and troubleshooting techniques.
“Dante is the networking protocol of choice for audio professionals all over the world, whether they work in live, AV or broadcast, so a high-level understanding of how you can get the best out of it is vital for your career,” said Nathan Ihlenfeldt, technical director at Stage Audio Works. “We have worked closely with Audinate over the years to bring all three levels of Dante certification training to South Africa. As with all the educational events that we host, we have had excellent feedback from our Dante classes in the past and we are sure these courses will prove to be beneficial for our students.”
Stage Audio Works’ marketing manager, Shaun Xavier added: “Empowerment is one of our core values here at Stage Audio Works, and we are

 
 
ingramIngram adds Claypaky Mini-B to stock
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

UK – Event production services provider, Ingram AV is one of the first UK rental companies to stock Claypaky’s Mini-B LED beam light - supplied by distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Based in the North East of England, Ingram AV offers equipment hire and full technical event production services for live, corporate and architectural events.
Ingram AV has recently made a significant investment in cutting-edge equipment for its rapidly expanding new lighting department, which joins an extensive audio-visual catalogue.
Following increasing requests from customers for a small, bright wash fixture, Ingram AV’s Reed Ingram Weir contacted AC-ET’s Northern sales office. Lighting sales manager, Ben Steppenbeck and Benjamin Taylor in the external sales team visited Reed to provide a demo of the Claypaky Mini B.
Reed commented: “I was really impressed by its speed and brightness, which are the best I have seen for a beam light of this size and weight. It’s a versatile solution for us as its size and output means we can use it for almost any size stage, studio, venue or event.”
He added: “Being from Claypaky as well, which is an established brand known for its high product quality and reliability, was another important factor in my decision.”
Reed invested in 16 Mini-B fixtures for use on a variety of upcoming concerts and various live events taking place in the coming months.
In addition to purchasing the Claypaky fixtures, Reed has recently purchased SIXTY82 truss and LSC Gen VI dimmer/switch ra

 
total-solution-marketingJ5 Productions invests in Ayrton Diablo
Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Singapore - Technical production company, J5 Productions of Singapore, has recently invested in 24 Ayrton Diablo-S 300W LED profile fixtures for its rental stock. The powerful little lighting fixtures were purchased earlier this year from Ayrton’s exclusive distributor for Singapore, Total Solution Marketing Pte Ltd., following a successful demonstration
Designed specifically for stage applications, Diablo-S is equipped with a monochromatic LED light source calibrated at 7000K that can generate up to 19,000 lumens. At just over 21kg Diablo is the smallest, lightest and most efficient luminaire of its category.
J5 Productions specialises in AVL event-related broadcast and media equipment rental across Asia. Its operators and technical engineers are dedicated to providing the highest technical consultancy services, utilising a variety of systems, for international events, conferences, product launches and concerts.
The team were particularly impressed with Diablo-S’s smooth dimming curve and beam quality, which lacked any ‘troubling hot spots’. They thought it extremely powerful for its size and approved the added benefit of saving on power consumption, which makes it suitable for most venues. Another popular feature was the ‘nice selection’ of seven interchangeable high-definition glass gobos.
Having seen Diablo-S in action, the team were very satisfied and concluded Diablo-S would be a great addition to their rental business. “I really like the size of the light which makes it easy to set at every event,” says head of lighting,

 
 
calibreCalibre links with V2 Indonesia in Jakarta
Monday, 21 October 2019

Indonesia - The integration of immersive display solutions into the world of enterprise conferencing and collaborative working was a key theme for Calibre at AV Week Jakarta. The event ran from 9-11 October at Kasablanka Hall, Jakarta.
Calibre teamed up with its new local partner V2 Indonesia based in Jakarta to showcase a host of innovations.
A smart meeting room collaboration solution utilised the Calibre 130-inch all-in-one LED Wall integrated with the Calibre 4K QuadVision scaler-switcher and multiviewer for management of 4K @ 60 4:4:4 video and HDMI bandwidth of 600MHz using sources from webcam, a notebook computer, media player, an interactive flat panel display and powerful collaboration software.
The result was an immersive, intuitive, and cutting-edge user experience. Visitors could try and test out the robust capabilities of each product.
Calibre also demonstrated the HQPro1000 scaler/switcher and SmartBrick LED solutions.
“We use Calibre with our top customers,” said Rudi Hidayat, CEO at V2 Indonesia. “We’re so excited about representing Calibre in Indonesia and AV Week Jakarta was a great opportunity to meet current and future customers.”
Willy Tsai, managing director at Calibre added, “AV Week delivered a strong mix of local and international integrators and end-users, and we believe our solutions, designed in partnership with V2 Indonesia, inspires and shows how collaborative working is moving into everyday enterprise communication.”
(Jim Evans)

 
kristopherclemsonVectorworks Richard Diehl Award winner announced
Thursday, 17 October 2019

USA - Global design and BIM software provider Vectorworks continues to support the next generation of designers, naming Kristopher Clemson winner of the 2019 Richard Diehl Award, the grand prize for the Vectorworks Design Scholarship.
With over 1,600 submissions, scholarships were awarded to 20 student projects from the architecture, entertainment, landscape and interior design industries. Winners included both individual and group submissions.
The winning project, The Octagon submitted by Clemson, a recent graduate of Full Sail University and founder of Bifröst Lighting, focuses on lighting design, Vision and MA 3D renderings. Clemson used Vision alongside Vectorworks Spotlight to help with previsualization and implementing MA lighting on a PC.
“It is an incredible honour to receive this scholarship and to be the first entertainment winner of the Richard Diehl Award,” said Clemson. “As my first time applying to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I struggled with the design process, but the usability, flexibility and overall presentation was achievable with Vectorworks software. I advise anyone looking to apply next year to suffer for your art and to ensure you have a well-balanced life of creativity surrounding yourself with creative mentors and friends.”
Pyura: The 333 Tour by Mauro Pujia, Polytechnic University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) was winner of the entertainment category.
“We congratulate all winners of this year’s Vectorworks Design Scholarship, an

 
 
nwrs-2020-logoRegistration opens for 2020 NWRS
Thursday, 17 October 2019

USA - Registration is now open for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium taking place 31 March – 1 April in Houston, TX in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo. The event provides an opportunity for riggers and those interested in the entertainment rigging industry to network, discuss current issues and new technologies, and help shape the future of the industry. A complete schedule, session descriptions and a link to register are available at www.esta.org/nwrs.
Over the two days participants will be given a range of opportunities to further their technical knowledge in sessions covering video wall rigging, automation and motorization, and tension grids. They’ll keep up to date with codes and standards, have some of their most pressing questions answered by structural engineers, and learn about rigging for cinema and performer flying.
Jeanette Farmer will deliver the Keynote Address to open the symposium. Her career spans more than three decades of professional theatre technical support, show production, concert/theatre lighting design, theatre design consulting and themed entertainment project management.
(Jim Evans)

 
slx-logoStage Electrics agrees sale of SLX
Thursday, 17 October 2019

UK - Specialist hire and events business, SLX, has been sold by the Stage Electrics Group in a transaction led by the existing chief executive Alastair Currie.
All staff will transfer as part of the transaction which completed on Friday 11 October 2019.
Alastair Currie says, “Two years ago I joined SLX and at the time had no idea what an amazing business I would find. SLX is brimming with some of the most knowledgeable, talented, passionate and dedicated individuals I’ve ever come across. From delivering on incredible West End productions and national tours to utterly unique corporate events as well as being in house providers at nationally recognised top tier venues, I couldn’t be prouder of the work we do.
“There is still an incredible untapped opportunity and I’m confident our plans for significant investment in the latest lighting products and further investment in our technical team will enable SLX to quickly become recognised as the leading player in the hire and live events sector.”
Maria Townsend CEO of Stage Electrics Group comments, “We believe that this decision is extremely positive for Stage Electrics, it will enable us to target our management time and focus our resources more effectively. As a market leader in installation, sales and venue services both in the UK and overseas, we felt the timing was right to concentrate purely on our core businesses.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
pioneerADE partners with Pioneer Pro-Audio
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Netherlands - Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is an all-encompassing platform for electronic music, combining as it does a festival, conferences and a cultural playground that extends across the city for five days. ADE features more than 1000 events in 200 venues, attracts in the region of 400,000 visitors and includes live performances from more than 2500 artists. The festival is supplemented by talks, hardware presentations, exhibitions, promotions and interactive events. It would be hard to conceive of a more important event in the global electronic dance music calendar.
ADE has once again partnered with Pioneer Pro-Audio, who will be supplying sound systems for a number of official event venues, including the ADE Zen Space, an oasis in which visitors to the event can unwind, relax and gather their thoughts. Located in the 600-year-old Waalse Kerk church, Zen Space will feature concerts, performances, talks and meditation sessions, requiring a flexible and powerful premium-quality audio solution.
Here and across multiple spaces at Brakkeground, De La Mar Theatre, Audio Compagnie Theatre and more, Pioneer Pro Audio will supply speakers from its XPRS and XY-Series to cover a wide range of applications. The XPRS range offers a highly flexible, quick set-up plug and play option, whilst in environments where more control and power is required, XY-Series will be deployed. Leading event suppliers AVL Rent of Amsterdam will install all the systems.
Mark Grotefeld, general manager, marketing, at Pioneer Pro Audio comments: “High quality, reliable audio

 
lucidLucid Technologies grows Middle East presence
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

UAE - Lucid Technologies is showcasing the systems behind its art, on Stand 4B24 at this week’s ProLight+Sound Middle East exhibition.
Lucid Technologies’ recent presence in the Middle East has assured the success of vividly impressive projects such as the Saudi Arabia National Day projection at Samba Bank. With the company’s projection mapping expertise behind the event, the inherent difficulties of projection on to glass was meticulously overcome. Two facades of the vast 40-storey building in the new King Abdullah Financial District of Riyadh were rendered ablaze with colourful and flowing imagery for the celebration.
Lucid Technologies has a number of projects underway in the region and more on the horizon in the Middle East. The company will demonstrate the capabilities of BlackTrax for the tracking of both lighting and video, with a system driven by the company’s new Disguise VX4 media servers.
Specialising in the design of technical solutions to solve creative problems in live events and theatre as well as the corporate environment and for bespoke projects, Lucid Technologies is building towards a more permanent presence in the Middle East. The company maintains its focus on better collaboration, more highly integrated systems, and the break down of creative barriers caused by technical limitations.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
unikaMega appoints Swiss distributor for UNiKA Pro
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Europe - Mega Audio GmbH has named MusicNetwork AG distributor for the UNiKA Pro range for Switzerland.
The UNiKA Pro Dante range comprises the NBB-04R, 96KHz 4-channel receiver, NBB-04T 96KHz 4-channel transmitter, the flagship 192KHz NBB-1616 16-channel I/O and the new NBB-0202 2-in / 2-out transceiver. Specifications include 24dBu max input or output level, uncompressed 24-bit PCM encoding and programmable mic pre-amplifiers with 132dB dynamic range.
MusicNetwork’s Franco Stuppia, comments: “I received test samples of the NBB-04R and NBB-04T earlier this year and was very impressed with the sound, build quality and ease of use. The full range of UNiKA Pro is now in stock at MusicNetwork, including the NBB-1616 and the new NBB-0202.”
Burkhard Elsner, CEO at Mega Audio adds, “It is great to be working with Franco and his team to promote the UNiKA Pro brand in Switzerland. MusicNetwork has in-depth experience with Dante products and a great reputation for service and support.”
(Jim Evans)

 
moroccoProlights appoints distributor for Morocco
Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Morocco – Entertainment company EcmaPro who specialise in the distribution of fixtures and products specifically for the entertainment industry has joined the Prolights distributor network.
EcmaPro Systems centre their business around providing quality Italian brands for the world of professional entertainment, in particular audio, lights and accessories. In addition to this, EcmaPro also offers LED technology for the architainment sectors including facilitating architectural illumination or interiors or whole environments.
Federico Colella, sales manager for EcmaPro states, “The fixtures that leave the Prolights factory are consistently innovative, reliable and robust, and use the very best that technology has to offer in this industry. We are so excited to be working with Prolights and proud to be part of the network.”
Prolights international sales manager Paolo Albani adds, “I’ve known EcmaPro since they started in the entertainment industry, I’ve liked their positive attitude and way of thinking since the first time we met. They are a young, professional group of people who are highly-motivated and work hard. We look forward to the exciting future that this partnership will bring. Our portfolio combined with their professionalism are the best formula to succeed in such a unique market.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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