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RGB to distribute Penn Elcom AV rackingRGB to distribute Penn Elcom AV racking
Wednesday, 19 February 2020

UK - Penn Elcom has announced that RGB Communications will be distributing its full range of 19-inch racking enclosures and associated accessories.
The move is in line with RGB’s goal of being a one-stop shop for AV racking solutions. In addition Penn Elcom’s various products for the AV market, along with its 19” ranges, complement, RGB’s existing product portfolios in the residential and commercial sectors.
Caroline Britt, RGB Communications MD, comments: “As a high-quality UK-based manufacturer with great support and a reputation for quick turnarounds on bespoke projects, as well as its practical off-the-shelf ranges, we are a good match.”
Penn’s sales director Rob Platt, adds: “We look forward to a busy and proactive working relationship with RGB. With 29 years’ experience in the pro AV industry built on understanding the products they distribute, we think RGB will be great Penn Elcom brand ambassadors and a solid partner for the continuous development of our various 19-inch ranges.”
Highlights from Penn Elcom’s range of 19” rack enclosures and accessories include free-standing and wall racks, rack panels with assorted CNC machined magnetic faceplates, and wall-mounted media device brackets, ideal for home audio and cinema installations.
In the last 12 months, new Penn 19” racking innovations have included the R6400-RHF Double Hinged Wall Mount Rack enclosure and several new 19” products, scheduled for launch in the coming months.
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Cultural Affairs - Oliver Dowden has been appointed culture secretary in the first major reshuffle since December’s general election. Dowden was an aide to David Cameron before becoming an MP in 2015 and joins the cabinet in place of Nicky Morgan, who stayed on as culture secretary after the election despite stepping down as an MP. Her continued position was temporary. Prior to the EU referendum in 2016, Dowden campaigned for the UK to remain within the EU.
Dowden will now lead the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, becoming the fifth person in little over two years to hold the secretary of state role in DCMS. Responding to the appointment, shadow culture secretary Tracy Brabin congratulated Dowden and said she hoped he would be a “force for change” on issues such as bridging the arts funding gap in the north. A statement from the union BECTU said Dowden must be a champion for the creative industries, with its members needing a government that is on their side.
Live Aid Reprise - Adam Lambert joined Queen to reprise the band's legendary 1985 Live Aid set for 75,000 people at a huge benefit concert in Sydney. The 22-minute set was part of a 10-hour fundraising event organised to raise A$10m (£5.15m; $6.71m) for communities devastated by bushfires. Joining Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor on stage, Lambert filled in for the late Freddie Mercury as the band performed hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions.
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Protec Group upgrades video capabilitiesProtec Group upgrades video capabilities
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

UAE - Protec has upgraded its video capabilities globally with the purchase of Absen PL2.5mm indoor panels and PL3.9mm W outdoor panels for all branches in the UK, UAE and KSA.
This recent investment is in addition to the new ClayPaky Xtylos and Sharpy Plus the lighting departments have received. The Birmingham branch has already received its order of the ClayPaky Xtylos. Protec Dubai has debuted the Xtylos and was first globally to get on board with the new technology.
The Dubai audio team has been investing in more powerful solutions to meet increased networking and processing demands which led to them being first in the Middle East region to adopt the Outline Newton 16 + 8 processor. Protec has also invested in the Waves SoundGrid Extreme Server, more Shure Axient gear with Showlink capabilities and increased its stock of Rednet Dante A8R, D16 units, Luminex 16XTs, L-Acoustics Syva, L-Acoustics X15s and L-Acoustics X8s, ADX1 Shure beltpacks and Sennheiser 2050 in ear monitors.

 
Vectorworks Design Summit speakers confirmedVectorworks Design Summit speakers confirmed
Tuesday, 18 February 2020


USA - Design and BIM software provider, Vectorworks has named lighting designer Roland Greil and Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar as the keynote speakers for the fifth Vectorworks Design Summit. This year’s Summit will have two firsts: an entertainment design keynote speaker and a West Coast location.
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 be able to participate in industry workshops, product training for all levels of expertise, inspiring keynotes, networking opportunities and a customer appreciation party.
Sarkar, with the support of Vectorworks staff will deliver the first keynote on 23 April. His talk Simplicity to Design the Complex will focus on Vectorworks’ strategies to see where the company and products are headed, including partnerships, acquisitions and emerging technologies.
“With design trends constantly evolving, we must remain at the forefront of new strategies and technology, giving our customers and users more reasons to feel empowered and confident in their designs,” said Dr. Sarkar. “The Vectorworks Design Summit continues to be the best opportunity to share how we’re supporting designers to create projects that push the limits of what’s been done before.”
On 24 April, Greil of Woodroffe Bassett Design will address all industry professionals in his talk Design Efficiency in Complex Conditions focusing on how to stay efficient when

 
 

KOI 2020 introduces two new awardsKOI 2020 introduces two new awards
Tuesday, 18 February 2020

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards has announced the introduction of two new awards to the Concerts & Events category for the 2020 ceremony. The new awards are being added to the line-up to accommodate the ever-evolving high standards of production in live events.
The new Award for Festival Headliner, sponsored by Ayrton, will be open to submissions for any festival headline set that has been designed with additional packages without relying solely on the use of the pre-installed festival rig. To accommodate the entire festival season, eligible performances will have been performed between 1 January and 31 December 2019, and the closing date for submissions is 30 June 2020.
Long-standing Concert & Events chair Jess Allan says, "We have seen such incredible growth in festival design over the last few years, with more and more designers implementing their own rigs and equipment to put on a spectacle. Following some of the ground-breaking festival shows that were staged last year, we feel that now is the time to introduce this award."
The existing Award for Events in the Concerts & Events category will, from 2020 onwards, be split into two separate awards - the Award for Event Lighting Design, sponsored by DTS, and The Award for Event Digital Content. Lastly for the Concerts & Events category, the existing Award for Video Content, sponsored by disguise, will be renamed the Digital & Video Content Award, and will be open to digital and video content designs from all concert sizes: Club, Stage and Arena.
At last year'

 
DWR hosts grandMA3 basic trainingDWR hosts grandMA3 basic training
Monday, 17 February 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution will present its first official MA3 basic training course from 25 to 26 February in Johannesburg.
Presented by DWR’s Jannie de Jager, the two-day workshop will focus on familiarising the operator with the basic functions of the grandMA3 software and lighting consoles, as well as the operating philosophy. The content will include patching, presets, phasers and timecode. The course will also touch on networking aspects of the MA3 family.
Delegates are requested to bring a MA3 console or MA3onPC Software on a laptop with an additional screen and a valid ID.
The course will be held at DWR Distribution, C1 Kimbult Industrial Park, 9 Zeiss Road, Laserpark, Honeydew.
The cost is R1,200 and includes a light lunch and refreshments. Bookings will be confirmed once payment has been received.
Bookings on-line: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/ma3-basic-training-february-2020/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
Stage Electrics appointed Prolyte distributorStage Electrics appointed Prolyte distributor
Monday, 17 February 2020

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed a UK distributor for Prolyte Trussing and Staging which is now part of Area Four Industries.
Fons van Teijn, Prolytes CEO, signed the deal with Stage Electrics operations director Adam Blaxill at the company’s Bristol-based offices.
“Stage Electrics have been a good ambassador for Prolyte for the past 15 years, we plan to build on that heritage and develop a strong working relationship,” comments Fons.
Blaxill adds: “We were a natural partner for this new incarnation of Prolyte in the UK. We are able to hold large stocks of trussing and staging and distribute the Prolyte product range across the UK on a next day service. Our sales team are already familiar with the product range and we now increased our Prolyte product managers to three with the appointment of Rob Foster as Prolyte technical sales consultant.”
(Jim Evans)

 
LVR Optical to host laser safety trainingLVR Optical to host laser safety training
Friday, 14 February 2020

UK - LVR Optical will host a laser safety training for operators, installers and manufacturers of laser products.
Taking place on 2 March at Hunton Park Hotel near Watford, the event will cover a range of topics relevant to the light show and entertainment industry, including hazards associated with the use of lasers; how to design safe shows and effects; and how to prepare risk assessments and working with the local authorities. The session will also include coverage of the British Standards Institute’s PD IEC/TR 60825-3 document relating to laser effect safety, and PLASA’s own laser display safety guidance.
The laser safety course will be hosted by James Stewart, an expert in the field with 25-year experience gained through working with entertainment venues and show providers. He will offer attendees valuable insights into necessary safety requirements and undertaking the precautions necessary to stage safe and enjoyable laser effect installations.
On the topic of audience scanning - where laser effects are intentionally directed at the audience - the training session will introduce factors that must be considered and the process necessary to determine how much laser light is safe to view for these types of effects. Course attendees wishing to further develop their knowledge of safe audience scanning may attend a separate workshop session, taking place on 27 April.
All attendees will receive a reference manual and certificate of attendance, whilst participants that take part in the optional end-of-day course exam will receive a further e

 
 
Universal Pixels invests in disguise serversUniversal Pixels invests in disguise servers
Friday, 14 February 2020

UK - Video company Universal Pixels has made a significant acquisition of disguise equipment, responding to increasing demand in theatre and an overarching determination to remain at the forefront of designers and production engineers’ needs.
Universal Pixels has added multiple disguise gx 2c media servers, as well as SDI VFC and HDMI VFC cards, to its rental stock as it continues its expansion in a range of markets. The company, which prides itself on a flexible and attentive approach to all of its projects, made the investment to meet the evolving creative demands of video designers.
UP’s Ollie Luff commented: “We’ve always got a close eye on how the industry is developing and the way in which video is being used. We’re seeing an ever-increasing demand from designers to integrate Notch seamlessly and quickly into their workflows and the gx 2c certainly has lots of capability in that regard. This coupled with the increase to eight 3G HD-SDI inputs and support for a 10-bit HDR workflow made it a future proof solution for us.”
Described as the ‘most powerful server on the market’, the gx 2c excels in GPU processing power, capture and storage, as well as 10-bit and HDR support.
disguise's Joe Crawley said: As the industry adopts 10-bit display products, 10-bit content pipelines and more dynamic shows, the gx 2c is perfectly placed to deliver the level of quality required as it supports 10-bit content playback and 10-bit displays. The server is also capable of pushing over 38,000 Notchmarks, giving it one of the strongest capabil

 
Registration opens for 148th AES in ViennaRegistration opens for 148th AES in Vienna
Friday, 14 February 2020

Europe - The Audio Engineering Society has opened registration for the upcoming AES Vienna 148th International Professional Audio Convention, taking place at the Austria Center on 25-28 May. Early registration discounts are available through 29 February for the dedicated European pro audio event that celebrates ‘A World of Audio’.
AES Vienna attendees will experience “stellar, leading-edge recordings - including VR productions from the Abbey Road Spatial Audio Forum and examples of immersive music and game audio - presented with production insights from the engineers who brought the projects to life”. Legacy productions will be examined, such as the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Core audio topics and the technology of today and tomorrow will be explored, including audio for new distribution platforms like Magic Leap.

 
 
BTS seeks therapist recommendationsBTS seeks therapist recommendations
Thursday, 13 February 2020

USA - Last autumn, Behind the Scenes conducted an online survey of industry members which received an unprecedented response. This was followed by two focus groups in January to delve deeper into some of the issues and concerns raised in the survey responses. One of the most frequent complaints heard was how difficult it is to find a therapist who knows anything about the entertainment industry and who is available to see people on nights and weekends or through teletherapy.
Says BTS, “As one of the first programmes of our mental health and suicide prevention initiative, we are partnering with HelpPro to create an online therapist finder specifically for the entertainment industry. This means that we are seeking therapists who either have personal experience in our industry or who have previously seen clients who work in the industry and learned about the unique pressures and stresses.
“In order to make this programme a valuable resource for the industry, we need the assistance of everyone in the industry who has seen a therapist they thought was helpful. If you or a family member have experience with a therapist you think should be listed on the finder, please send their contact information to mh@btshelp.org. We’ll reach out to them to let them know when the finder is ready for them to sign up.
“They’ll be asked about their experience in the industry and will complete an extensive questionnaire that includes their areas of specialty, what insurance they accept and whether they have a sliding scale for those not covered, whether they have

 
Nexo supports training in South AfricaNexo supports training in South Africa
Thursday, 13 February 2020

South Africa - Nexo is working with the new generation in South Africa’s technical production community, providing free skills training and access to the latest Nexo sound reinforcement equipment in the country’s major cities.
With extensive support from the full-service production company Sound Stylists, a long-time Nexo user and dealer, Nexo has collaborated with South Africa’s Academy of Sound Engineering in Cape Town. Together, they hosted a free ETC training course encompassing workshops, hands-on and listening experiences, and an overview of Nexo’s line array evolution, from Geo S and D ranges to the contemporary Geo M and STM Series.
Presented by Nexo’s leading training engineer Nicholas Poitrenaud, the three-day seminar was attended by students and teachers from ASE, freelance engineers, house of worship technicians, and audio techs from Sound Stylists.
At the other end of the country, in Johannesburg, a new Nexo P+ Series sound system has been made available to the South African Roadies Association (SARA), to help raise the production skills of young and aspiring audio professionals.
The SARA rig comprises the new P12 point source cabinets, with LS18 subs, and the latest NXAMP4x4Mk2 amplifiers.
“This sound system equipment will greatly enhance SARA’s training programmes and inventory. It will help us to sustain skills development and SARA’s on-the-job training program in the event, technical and production sector for years to come. It will also have an indelible impact on the lives, careers, ambitions and dreams

 
 
Lawo celebrates 50th anniversaryLawo celebrates 50th anniversary
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Germany - Lawo launched its 50th anniversary celebrations in January with a Michelin-star studded party for its 300-plus employees in the company’s hometown in Rastatt, close to the Rhine River and the Black Forest region of Germany.
The milestone anniversary follows the company’s most successful business year to date, achieving a record revenue result that represented growth of 40 per cent. This performance was generated by an extraordinary uptake of Lawo’s IP media solutions based around core products of video, audio, workflow and monitoring technologies.
Founded by Peter Lawo in 1970, Lawo started out as an engineering office providing bespoke technical solutions before focusing on broadcast and media production technology. The creative drive of its founder and his son Philipp, who took over as CEO in 1999, ensured continual innovation helped evolve and grow the company into a truly global player.
The company’s early vision of IP becoming a single, unified infrastructure for all types of signal transport in broadcast and media production triggered a clear corporate strategy that has resulted in the IP native focus of the company today. This included the development and definition of Ravenna as an open media-over-IP standard over 10 years ago. Lawo’s belief in open industry standards and its active contribution of experience and knowledge to industry organizations have also helped pave the way for AES67, Ember+ and ST2110.
Lawo pioneered the remote production concept when open-standard IP had barely learned to walk and when ST2110

 
Adlib makes major investment in JBL arraysAdlib makes major investment in JBL arrays
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

UK - The addition of a scalable, arena-sized system has been confirmed by Adlib director and client manager, Dave Jones, and Joe East, business development Manager of Sound Technology, the UK and Ireland Harman Professional Solutions distributor.
The system itself comprises 48 x VTX A12 dual-12” line-array elements; 16 x VTX A8 dual-8” compact line-array elements; 24 x VTX S28 dual-18" subwoofers and 8 x VTX B18 single-18" subwoofers.
Powering these will be Harman’s Crown VRack complete touring amp rack solution; ten racks loaded with three Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, and four racks housing three Crown I-Tech12000HD amplifiers.
Jones said the re-investment in JBL had been “merely a matter of time; we have always wanted to offer our clients a choice of systems and it is great to have JBL back as an option”. But it had been the substantial upgrade in technology, packaging and vastly improved software and rigging, that became the deal maker.
Tracing the journey, he said, “We have a long history of working with Harman products such as Soundcraft, BSS and Martin Lighting, and we have been having this particular conversation for years.”
Having been impressed with the VTX V-Series at a demo in Belgium when it was launched in 2012, Sound Technology, along with Harman’s EMEA application team manager, Ed Jackson, had always kept in touch with Adlib as the technology had developed. Subsequently, a demo of the new VTX A-Series A8 and A12 system was conducted at Adlib’s premises in Liverpool last year.
“We had used the

 
 
Genelec extends sustainable facilitiesGenelec extends sustainable facilities
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Finland - Genelec has opened a new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland. Utilising the latest technologies, the extension will significantly increase the space, flexibility and efficiency of the company’s warehousing and logistics operations, while ensuring that the entire facility is now powered exclusively by sustainable sources including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.
For over four decades Genelec has consistently followed a path of sustainable development and environmental responsibility, and has made recycled materials, low energy consumption and long product lifespan central to its design philosophy.
The current factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi was built in 1985 with an architectural design that complements its natural surroundings, and was designed to significantly reduce energy wastage through its use of heat recovery and generous insulation of walls, ceiling and windows. The factory moved from oil to a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy supply many years ago, and the new extension now brings solar energy to the mix courtesy of over 450 roof-mounted solar panels which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power.
The expansion project was managed by Genelec development engineer Annika Hujanen, and provides almost 2000sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics alone, with considerable additional space for customer support offices, a centralised automation control centre and efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies all architects, designers and contractors wer

 
Polar adds new brands and servicesPolar adds new brands and services
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The Netherlands - UK-based Polar announced at ISE 2020 the addition of ClearOne, UMA and Utelogy to its portfolio.
Polar “sees the provision of cloud-based technologies, which are helping to revolutionise the management and control of resources within a wide variety of workplaces, as essential tools for the future, emphasising the company’s drive to be far more than a simple distributor of products”.
US-based ClearOne produces hardware and software for complete collaboration and communication solutions. From ad-hoc workspaces, huddle rooms and mobile conferences to the largest meeting venues and boardrooms, ClearOne has a large range of audio conferencing, visual collaboration and AV networking solutions to address every need, significantly broadening Polar’s offering in the sphere of fast-evolving meeting room trends.
UMA is a privacy-first digital assistant for enterprise and is at the heart of UMA Book, a room booking system which integrates with Office 365 and G Suite using Cloud-based architecture with on-premise options. The often complex and frustrating process of booking meeting rooms within an enterprise organisation is simplified with an iOS or Android text-to-speech app or chat bots.
Utelogy is a provider of intelligent management, monitoring and software that delivers analytics and control to AV and Unified Communications hardware. Its platform can be used to manage everything from the simplest devices in huddle and learning spaces, through to the hardware contained in intelligent buildings and complex IOT environments.

 
 
ISE and TNW announce strategic partnershipISE and TNW announce strategic partnership
Wednesday, 12 February 2020

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Europe and global media brand TNW (The Next Web) have announced a multi-year strategic relationship aimed at bringing the best of tech and innovation to ISE 2021 and its new Barcelona home.
Formed in 2006 and now one of the world’s largest online media brands, TNW is primarily known for its news outlet thenextweb.com and award-winning tech event TNW Conference. The company also incorporates a co-working label, a global startup database and delivers custom innovation programmes to corporates and governments. The annual TNW conference in Amsterdam attracts senior executives from the world’s leading business and technology brands.
As part of ISE’s 2021 edition at Gran Via, Fira de Barcelona, on 2-5 February, TNW will programme three new content tracks focused on technology and its impact on society. This will run in parallel to the Professional Development Programme produced by ISE, AVIXA, CEDIA, media partners and associations.
Pieter Paul van Oerle, strategy director at TNW, commented: “We're excited to be joining forces with the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration in shaping their next generation of conferences in their new hometown. Injecting the special TNW tech festival vibe into this world-leading event is a huge win for both of our organisations and audiences.”
For ISE 2021 TNW will produce three distinct tracks exploring scalability, business development, government legislation, and innovation. The TNW programme will be curated by TNW’s content editors, working c

 
ISE: Adamson joins OCA AllianceISE: Adamson joins OCA Alliance
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

The Netherlands - The OCA Alliance has added Adamson Systems Engineering as its latest member company.
“Adamson has stepped up as a major advocate in the media networking development and standards arena,” says OCA Alliance marketing chairman Ethan Wetzell, “Their support of the AES70 standard in recent product developments is a significant milestone for the industry. Needless to say, we are extremely pleased to welcome them into the alliance.”
Commenting for Adamson Systems Engineering, head of product and technology, Brian Fraser states: “As an audio manufacturer, we recognise the immense benefit open source protocols offer to the industry as a whole. Open Control Architecture is a protocol we've been investing in for a while and we're happy our choice has been validated and standardised by the AES as AES70.”
ISE 2020 sees a significant number of new AES70 announcements and offerings, with the alliance showcasing several new AES70 enabled products on its booth (7-H250), alongside developer tools and resources supporting the development and integration of the AES70 into new and existing media networking products.
Included amongst these are the RA-ES70DSP04 from Profusion, a 4x6 DSP module with built in web-server, designed specifically for AES70 remote control, targeted at powered speakers, power amplifiers, networked microphones and audio effects gear. The design tools enable rapid configuration of DSP blocks, which include key audio algorithms such as Parametric EQ, Compressor-limiter and Time Alignment Delay, plus many others e

 
 
Major Tom networks with LuminexMajor Tom networks with Luminex
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

UK - Audio production company Major Tom has invested in 20 Luminex GigaCore 10 network switches to create one of the largest Milan AVB-compliant Meyer Sound touring PA systems in Europe.
With offices in the UK and USA, Major Tom has over 50 years of experience supplying some of the world’s leading international concert tours and events.
When it came to investing in network switches to work with its large inventory of Meyer Sound line arrays, it was important for Major Tom to go with a solution which was widely adopted, as well as being compatible with the new Milan AVB standard.
The company discussed its requirements with Steve Eaton, senior sales executive in the dedicated audio division of Luminex exclusive UK distributor, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Major Tom project manager, Andy Banks comments: “With Meyer Sound’s equipment supporting Milan AVB, it was absolutely vital that our choice of switch was also compatible with this, to benefit from the seamless interoperability between devices.
“In addition to being compliant, with the Luminex GigaCores doing a VLAN so simply, we realised that this was a product we really needed in our inventory.”
Major Tom purchased the Luminex GigaCore 10 rack-mountable switches with Fiberfox fibre connectors, to use with its large existing fibre cabling inventory for running over long distances.
The company is currently providing a Milan AVB networked Meyer Sound PA system featuring GigaCore 10s for the European leg of popular Danish rock band, Volbeat’s current tou

 
Unusual Rigging gains ISO accreditationsUnusual Rigging gains ISO accreditations
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

UK - Unusual Rigging has achieved a series of compliance standards that will provide its customers with the guarantee that its products and services consistently meet their requirements.
The Northampton-based company achieved both ISO 9001 which sets out the criteria for a quality management system, and ISO 14001 which focuses on environmental systems. Unusual is currently working towards securing ISO 45001 for good health and safety practice.
At the forefront of steering Unusual towards achieving these new standards are operations manager Lizzie Richmond and technical manager Tom Nightingale.
Richmond comments: ““We are extremely proud to have secured these ISO standards, which, though not compulsory, demonstrate to our customers that we are leading the way with our policies and processes. When we tender for work we are increasingly being asked to demonstrate how we meet the various requirements surrounding quality, environmental impact, health and safety etc and we have always been able to provide the evidence required. Achieving the ISO standards however makes this all more official.”
Nightingale adds: “ISO 9001 sets out to address various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISO’s best-known standards. These provide guidance and tools for companies who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customers’ requirements and that quality is consistently improved. In short, it formalises and documents all of the excellent processes that we at Unusual already have in place. It gives us a great to

 
 
Imput adds Newton to rental inventoryImput adds Newton to rental inventory
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Italy - Founded in 1992 by Gianni De Masi and Paolo Boscolo in Villorba di Treviso (in north-eastern Italy), Imputlevel Group rapidly became one of Italy's leading audio rental firms.
Through the years, its client roster in the live and tour field expanded to include not only top names on the Italian scene, such as Fiorella Mannoia, Franco Battiato, Daniele Silvestri, Niccolò Fabi, Irene Grandi, Vinicio Capossela, Nek and Max Pezzali, but also international stars of the calibre of Lou Reed, Elton John, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, Bjork, Massive Attack, Steve Vai, Simple Minds, Carlos Santana, Ben Harper, Rage Against the Machine, Prodigy and many more.
In order to be able to meet any request, from the supply of technology for live events, such as theatres, conferences, exhibitions, tourist attractions and television events, to custom designs and system engineering, iMput constantly updates the equipment it puts at the disposal of its demanding clients to optimise end-results.
Among the latest arrivals at iMput’s warehouses is Newton, the audio processing platform manufactured by Outline, based on FPGA technology and designed to be the ‘nucleus’ of the management of complex audio systems in touring applications, broadcast and permanent installations.
Nicola Mazzotti Pugliese, audio chief and one of iMput’s PA managers, states: “At the moment, iMput has three Newtons, but I hope we shall shortly take delivery of a fourth unit. Newton enables us to easily interface several consoles in the same set-up handling different clocks. It is so

 
L-Acoustics rolls out L-ISA Auditoria globallyL-Acoustics rolls out L-ISA Auditoria globally
Tuesday, 11 February 2020

France - L-Acoustics is rolling out L-ISA Auditoria in strategic locations around the globe. Demonstrations, training or mixing sessions of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology can be accessed in dozens of locations in L-ISA Auditoria designed to stringent L-Acoustics specifications, says the company.
“To support the development of L-ISA technology in the professional audio market, we have developed pre-determined systems for either mobile or permanent L-ISA Auditoria, which can be deployed to support existing partners, artists and potential clients,” explains Cédric Montrézor, executive director of applications at L-Acoustics. “The network of L-ISA Auditoria around the globe is designed to exacting standards to guarantee the natural, intimate spatialised experience of L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology.”
Two versions of the packages are available: a frontal system that delivers the resolution required for optimised source localisation, immersive effect and the width required for an effective demonstration of reverb; and the same configuration plus complementary overheads which enhance the immersive experience and demonstrate the 3D capabilities for direct sound and room engine.
“Over the past 12 months, we have trained 160 high-profile sound designers and mixing engineers in over 25 seminars, which is over 75 days of training in total,” adds Etienne Corteel, L-Acoustics director of scientific outreach & education. “Rolling out additional facilities allows our partners to organise training seminars at their own loc

 
 
ETC becomes SixEye Connected manufacturerETC becomes SixEye Connected manufacturer
Monday, 10 February 2020

Europe - SixEye has announced that ETC has become a SixEye Connected manufacturer, with its Mosaic range of architectural lighting controllers the first in the company’s product portfolio to benefit from SixEye’s unified remote management platform.
SixEye provides a cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, enabling remote management of professional control devices. SixEye combines the management and control of products from multiple manufacturers into one portal, easily accessible in a web browser on desktop and mobile.
Systems integrators can have their own SixEye portal at their own domain. The portal carries the integrator’s own branding, allows them to invite end users into any project site in the portal, and grant them bespoke access with SixEye's granular permissions. Device management includes firmware and file upload, triggering, real time status, logs and more with encrypted network security maintained for peace of mind without any additional hardware or IT expertise. End users can use SixEye’s control panel, designed for mobile browsers, to perform actions across multiple devices in a project site at the touch of a button.
“We’re happy to offer SixEye functionality in our Unison Mosaic controllers, the premier system for transforming large scale buildings, attractions, or LED walls into eye-popping displays,” says Shawn Fernandez, product manager for Mosaic at ETC. “We have Mosaic controllers for every project, so it makes sense to let users access them from everywhere with SixEye.”
ETC joins Pathway Co

 
Lightpower supports Behind the ScenesLightpower supports Behind the Scenes
Monday, 10 February 2020

USA - The Behind the Scenes booth at the recent NAMM Show proved to be a hit once again for fans of Neal Preston’s rock’n’roll photography. The exhibit was made possible by the generosity of the Lightpower Collection.
Lightpower, founded in 1978 in Germany, is an internationally established distributor for stage and studio lighting equipment. The Lightpower Collection was born out of a company culture with a passion for collecting rock’n’roll art. The collection features photography and album cover artwork from many of the world’s greatest photographers and designers. Neal Preston’s photography represents the core of this collection and comprises over 70 large-format original fine art prints.
At the show, Ralph-Jörg Wezorke, founder of Lightpower and the Collection, continued their ongoing support of Behind the Scenes by presenting a cheque for $11,800 to BTS executive director Lori Rubinstein. On presenting the cheque, Ralph states: “Lightpower and I are very happy to be able to support Behind the Scenes and give back to those who make up this fabulous industry. It’s a real pleasure to bring Neal’s work to such an appreciative audience.”
Lori Rubinstein comments: “We are so grateful to Ralph and the Lightpower Collection for their incredible support of our mission and for the amazing gift of having Neal’s extraordinary work in our booth. We had long lines each day to have Neal sign books and posters and the joy the pictures brought to attendees was absolutely palpable.”
For those who missed the show, Neal’s bo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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