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LEA appoints Polar as distributor for UKLEA appoints Polar as distributor for UK
Friday, 7 February 2020

UK - Polar has been appointed exclusive distributor in the UK and ROI for new US-based professional amplifier manufacturer LEA. This new company has been in existence since January 2019, when a team of industry veterans with more than 200 years combined experience in the sector, steered by founder and CEO Blake Augsburger, set out to imagine a new approach to audio technology.
LEA’s Connect Series range, with standard and Dante-enabled options, addresses the needs of the installation market, catering for the widest possible range of applications in small and medium scale projects. As the world’s first IoT-enabled, professional-grade amplifiers, these two and four channel models have an intuitive web app interface that allows control by phone, tablet, PC or laptop. With various network access options, including an onboard WiFi point, access for setup and programming is fast and user-friendly.
Stuart Leader, director at Polar Integrated Solutions, comments: “The LEA range is a fantastic addition to our portfolio, offering as it does a really cutting-edge level of technology that gives installers and end-users so many advantages. With the option of low or high impedance selectable by channel, the amplifiers enable highly flexible loudspeaker network design, whilst the Smart Power Bridge feature allows an output channel to be selected to operate at double power without sacrificing any other channels.
“The team at LEA has addressed every possible angle in the development of these exceptional products and we look forward to introducing them to wha

SLX relocates to new warehouse premisesSLX relocates to new warehouse premises
Friday, 7 February 2020

UK - Bristol-based specialist hire and events business SLX has completed the move to a new warehouse as a result of planned growth and continued investment.
The business, which has heritage dating back more than 40 years and serves the live events, hire and broadcast markets throughout the UK and Europe, remains in a Bristol location, moving from its warehouse on Third Way, Avonmouth, to another nearby Avonmouth location.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “After only four years since our previous warehouse upgrade, we are moving again to allow for further expansion. We’re doing so as we believe this is essential for the ambitions we have for the business. It will see improved preparation spaces, improved flow of equipment into and out of the warehouse, and markedly better facilities for both our team and those who come to prep shows and events at the warehouse.
“Additionally, the potential for some exciting additions to our offering is made possible by this move, such as a state-of-the-art visualisation suite and a theatre space for clients to use, as well as for manufacturers to deliver training and outreach activities in. As we look to our future in this building, we are also looking to make it as eco-friendly as possible. Watch this space.”
The new warehouse, which will also house the head offices, comprises over 54,000sq.ft of warehouse and office space, and will be at 115 Burcott Road, Avonmouth, Bristol.
(Jim Evans)

Allied ProTech to distribute Active Audio in USAllied ProTech to distribute Active Audio in US
Friday, 7 February 2020

France/USA - Loudspeaker specialist Active Audio has announced the appointment of Allied ProTech as its exclusive distributor for the US.
Founded in 2002 in Nantes, Active Audio has forged a global reputation for loudspeakers that deliver “superior sound performance, intelligibility, and neutrality”, with installations in some of the world’s most prestigious, yet acoustically challenging spaces.
“We’re very excited about our new partnership with Active Audio,” remarks Allied ProTech founder and president Rik Kirby. “They are a company that is constantly innovating and finding better ways to deliver superior audio performance. Their StepArray column loudspeakers deliver outstanding intelligibility in reverberant spaces, using fewer DSP channels, without the complex and expensive electronics that make most steered arrays so difficult to install and set up. They offer a full line of active and passive loudspeaker technologies that’s unique to the market, and we’re eagerly anticipating bringing their products to the US.”
“Now is the ideal time for us to enter the US market, and Allied ProTech is the right partner to help us succeed,” adds Active Audio CEO Régis Cazin. “Rik Kirby brings more than 20 years of expertise in professional audio, and the entire Allied ProTech team bring an insight and understanding of what makes Active Audio loudspeakers different. We’re confident they will provide the expert sales management and distribution we seek, along with the outstanding service and support that our customers deserve.”

Coronavirus threat prompts ISE cancellationsCoronavirus threat prompts ISE cancellations
Friday, 7 February 2020

Europe - LG Electronics and German Light Products (GLP) are among the companies to announce their withdrawal from next week’s Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) event in Amsterdam in response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Seoul-based LG Electronics, one of the show’s top 250 exhibitors, was the first to announce that it will not be attending the exhibition.
“LG regrets having to make this difficult decision but the safety of its employees and customers continues to be its number one priority,” said a company statement. “With the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending that individuals ‘promote social distancing’, LG management believed that the most responsible decision is to avoid participating in large public events until the situation stabilizes.”
GLP’s CEO and founder Udo Künzler stated: “As I’m sure you know, business meetings and exhibitions are some of the highlights of our year at GLP, and we were looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible in Amsterdam at ISE!
“However, as we do not want to bear the current risk to the health of our customers and employees due to the Coronavirus, we have decided after careful consideration to cancel our participation in ISE altogether.
“This decision was not easy for us, but considering the known consequences of a possible Coronavirus infection, we came to the clear conclusion that we do not want to impose this on anyone in our personal or business environment. We know what really counts in life and today we decide in favour of the health of our visitors, em


EXE Technology holds training in GermanyEXE Technology holds training in Germany
Thursday, 6 February 2020

Germany - The Area Four Industries Direct Germany office organised an EXE Technology training session.
Held in Emsdetten and led by sales and marketing manager, Carsten Pfeiffer (Area Four Industries Direct Germany), and EXE Technology automation manager, Gianluca Ferrari, the training provided the attendees with a complete overview of EXE Technology’s range of chain hoists, load cells, controllers, and DSTs (Dynamic Stack Tracks). The session then moved on to specific facts and detailed information about models within the EXE Rise and Vario chain hoist ranges, which included classifications, key features and components.
To gain a better understanding of how EXE hoists work, attendees witnessed a complete strip down of the chain hoist and learned about its operation from the inside out. After the mechanical heart of the hoist was put back together, a complete overview of the inspection process (DoV, CE, etc) was covered to help ensure the safety and long-term reliability of the hoists. An explanation of service log contents was also provided.
During the second day of training, attendees were given the opportunity to practise the inspection procedure and ask additional questions.
Attending companies included TDA Rental GmbH, Rigging Service GmbH, Satis&fy AG, Groh-P.A. Veranstaltungstechnik e. K., LITECOM GmbH, Stagebox Rigging Service and Lockschuppen Event GmbH.
(Jim Evans)

Speakers confirmed for NWRS 2020Speakers confirmed for NWRS 2020
Thursday, 6 February 2020

USA - The 2020 New World Rigging Symposium will take place 31 March - 1 April in Houston, Texas, in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo.
The event provides an opportunity to learn from those at the top of their field, to network with their peers, and discuss current issues and new technologies. A complete schedule, session descriptions and a link to register are available at
Jeanette Farmer kicks off the symposium with the keynote address. 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. She will be followed by a session on video wall rigging, featuring three speakers with extensive experience in this area: Joe Clayton of Stage Rigging, Tony Galuppi of PRG, and Stefan Pries of Creative Technology.
Three experts on performer flying will focus on emergency response and rescue plans: Fred Caron from Cirque du Soleil, Stu Cox of Sapsis Rigging, and Jim Shumway from TAIT.
Joe Champelli of Entertainment Projects, Pete Svitavksy of Wenger/JR Clancy and Nils Becker of ETC will discuss the differences between automation and motorisation.
There will be an opportunity to put questions to four of the industry’s most respected engineers: Tim Franklin of Theta Consulting, Bill Gorlin of McLaren Engineering, Miriam Paschetto of Geiger Engineers, and Jeff Reder of Clark Reder Engineering.
Sponsors for the 2020 New World Rigging Symposium are: Stage Rigging

CLF and TMB reach UK distribution agreementCLF and TMB reach UK distribution agreement
Thursday, 6 February 2020

UK - TMB has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for CLF Lighting for the UK and Ireland.
TMB already has experience with CLF products as it offers the lighting brand Nuri*Lites by CLF in the US. Now, TMB UK will offer a broader range of CLF products under the banner Nuri*Lites by CLF. These will include LED fixtures, moving heads, and the Spectrum series.
“We are extremely happy to offer CLF’s wide product range to our customers in the UK and Ireland,” comments TMB’s EU sales manager, Tim Obermann. “Nuri*Lites by CLF represents a new range of LED PARs, bars, wall washers, special effects lights, and moving heads, all of which complement our current product line-up. Customers will certainly benefit from this expanded product selection for many applications and every budget.”
TMB’s Lauren Drinkwater and Nuri Waheishi agree. “We can’t wait to show the products to all our friends and customers, who we are sure will immediately see all the benefits Nuri*Lites offer.”
Both CLF and TMB have a strong focus on the rental company market. CLF’s export manager, Martijn Gerards, explains: “Rental is in our DNA and our product development and design will always have rental companies in mind. Our philosophy is to create products with consistent colours, fast return on investment, all with a ‘never a version 2’ approach.”
(Jim Evans)

DJP Diffusion to distribute Prolyte in SwitzerlandDJP Diffusion to distribute Prolyte in Switzerland
Thursday, 6 February 2020

Switzerland - Prolyte has appointed DJP Diffusion as its official distributor in Switzerland. DJP Diffusion becomes a Prolyte distributor after joining forces with Prolyte's most experienced ambassador, Rose Oberer.
"Together we will keep Prolyte as the number one in Switzerland. In Prolyte you can trust” said Oberer.
Oberer has more than 25 years of partnership with Prolyte and the Swiss market. "No matter what happens, Prolyte is the standard in quality and safety. After more than 25 years of collaboration, I know what I am talking about," she adds.
"We are so proud and glad we can continue with the experiences and energy of Madame Oberer, who is known as the best in the Swiss Market," says Bruno Lerminiaux.
DJP Diffusion will primarily focus on the venue, theatre installations and the rental fleet business.
(Jim Evans)

AED Group appointed Next Truss distributorAED Group appointed Next Truss distributor
Thursday, 6 February 2020

Europe - Next Truss has appointed AED Group as its European master distributor for the complete product range.
The AED Group will make the complete Next trussing and staging catalogue available at competitive pricing and with optimal stock levels. A professional discount structure aligned with AED Group’s rental department “will benefit every professional customer”. Besides the popular 30cm and 40cm truss ranges, Next will also offer ladder, rectangular (36/100) and 52cm square truss, ground supports, towers and stage decks.
Glenn Roggeman, CEO of AED Group, comments: “For nearly 30 years we’ve set the industry standards with a leading brand in a loyal relationship. Despite this, recent events have resulted in an uncertain situation, without guarantees for the future vision, organisational structure, distribution policy, production capacity and delivery terms.
These conditions made us decide to take a new direction, the Next chapter. We strongly believe in this new brand, its strong values and clear vision. With the addition of Next Truss to our product portfolio, we allow all our existing customers to acquire high-quality 100% compatible products. The recently launched Luxibel decks and truss products will be incorporated in NEXT. Our rental department will carry the full Next range, and will hold an impressive stock for dry-hire.”
Martin Kuyper, CEO of the Eurotruss Group, says: “Next Truss stands for well-produced goods, competitive pricing, experienced and trusted staff, swift delivery times and good industry relationships.

Backstage Academy and STS confirm partnershipBackstage Academy and STS confirm partnership
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

UK - After enjoying an informal relationship with Backstage Academy stretching back many years, Manchester-based STS Touring Productions has now put the relationship on a formal basis.
The Academy’s industry partnerships director, Miles Marsden, confirms that the rental company has been supplying a vast range of equipment, including Litedeck staging, PA, lighting and backline as required, virtually since the Academy set out its stall a decade ago. “But my relationship with [director] Pete Dutton goes back to the late ‘80s,” he adds. “They are an established supplier and we are delighted that they have now signed a partnership agreement.
“This provides them with the potential to give masterclasses, which we would welcome, leading to work experience and employment opportunities. In fact a lot of our industry partners are looking at career potential.”
Marsden says that STS have recently provided valuable assistance for some really challenging and high profile projects, notably Litedeck staging for the current Lightwaves 2019 student showcase at Salford’s Media City, as well as the backline for two major stages at the Academy’s Graduation Showcase, held at their Production Park facility outside Wakefield, back in May.
Pete Dutton says: “I understand that new blood must be trained in the industry and hopefully we will see the benefits in the future if the graduates make the grade and placement will then take them further into the industry."
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Stage Awards Winners - Sheffield Theatres, ATG Productions and an initiative to diversify theatre boards are among the winners of The Stage Awards 2020.
Winning two categories, Sheffield Theatres was presented with the regional theatre of the year award and the first ever achievement in technical theatre award for its production of Life of Pi.
ATG Productions won producer of the year, praised for its Pinter at the Pinter season and the Ian McKellen On Stage tour, while the innovation award went to Artistic Directors of the Future for its campaign to diversify the theatre industry’s boardrooms.
London theatre of the year was awarded to Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, which underwent a £1m refurbishment to make the venue more accessible while producing 14 shows across 2019, and London’s Bunker Theatre won fringe theatre of the year in recognition of its support for artists from under-represented backgrounds.
Other winners included Leeds Playhouse in the theatre building of the year category, following the venue’s £15.8m redevelopment, and producer Selladoor Worldwide for the international award in recognition of the company’s global expansion.
Madame X Back in Business - Madonna has resumed her Madame X tour in London after cancelling dates in the capital and Portugal due to injury. The 61-year-old pop superstar returned to the stage at the London Palladium wearing knee supports during the two-and-a-half hour gig and told fans "happy to have made it".
The show included throwbacks to Vogue

ROE Visual reacts to Coronavirus outbreak
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

China/The Netherlands - In response to the current Coronavirus outbreak in China, ROE Visual has decided to take only its international teams to the ISE exhibition in Amsterdam and leave the team located at its headquarters in Shenzhen at home.
“There is no doubt that both the RAI and the ISE trade show organisation take all the necessary precautions to ensure that the trade show visit is safe for visitors, but part of that safety is in our own hands and we felt that we as a company should show our common responsibility and contribute in our own way,” states Jason Lu, general manager for ROE Visual.
“That is why we have decided to cancel the visit to ISE for all our Chinese-based staff. This was not an easy decision, but it’s made out of respect and care to all our visitors, clients and the overseas colleagues. We send our best wishes to everybody. Be safe and healthy.”
ROE Visual will be introducing a range of new products at ISE, all designed using the latest LED technologies.
(Jim Evans)

The Audio Visual Co takes the A Series roadThe Audio Visual Co takes the A Series road
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Australia - Moorebank-based production services company The Audio Visual Co has recently invested in L-Acoustics A Series.
Established just three years ago, The Audio Visual Co works across the corporate, outdoor and entertainment events segments and supplies audio, visual and lighting equipment from key brands. From the outset, the company’s director Jimmy Bandal made L-Acoustics his loudspeaker brand of choice, with the A Series recently presenting itself as the appropriate solution to accommodate his fast-growing business.
“Our main applications are corporate events such as galas, awards nights and product launches, as well as broadcast and concert touring,” says Bandal. “Although we only started a couple of years ago, the company is growing rapidly. At the outset, L-Acoustics captured my attention as I found the sound signature of the cabinets very pleasing - their response is linear, and they are extremely user-friendly. As well as the company’s first class loudspeakers, I’ve found that both L-Acoustics Soundvision 3D acoustical modelling software and LA Network Manager are very helpful in allowing me to accurately and simply predict my venue designs.”
The company’s initial investment in L-Acoustics was a minimal amount of X12 and SB18 subs, along with an LA4X amplified controller, which has been extremely successful but, with the substantial increase in business, it was time to increase the inventory. Working with L-Acoustics certified provider distributor, Jands, A10, A15 and KS21, as well as Kiva II medium throw line array, a

Eurotruss Group launches NEXT TrussEurotruss Group launches NEXT Truss
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Europe - The Eurotruss Group has launched NEXT Truss, a new company that will operate under the group’s umbrella.
NEXT Truss already offers a variety of truss systems and decks. In addition to the 30 and 40 multi-purpose truss systems, there are rectangular 36cm and 100cm heavy/ pre-rig trusses, plus a 52cm square truss. Also available are ground support towers and Stage Deck series with accessories.
Ralph Stockley, who leads the new operation, comments: “NEXT Truss allows entertainment industry professionals to have access to purchase truss the way, they want it. I am 100% sure immediate availability and a market-compliant price will ensure that the entertainment industry will benefit from our arrival. The professionalism, high quality standard and dynamic customer approach as known within the Eurotruss Group will be carried throughout NEXT and gives it the foundation to become a leading brand in the world.”
Wilfred Hovinga, sales director at NEXT Truss, comments: " I am glad to join NEXT Truss to reinstate my old network and offer them my 15 years of experience in the industry and my expertise in trussing and staging.”
“We are certain that NEXT Truss is the solution for a large part of the entertainment industry. Well-produced products, competitive pricing, an experienced and trusted staff, short delivery times, and good industry relationships are the most important characteristics of NEXT Truss. We are very pleased with this new addition to the Eurotruss Group," states the CEO of the Eurotruss Group Martin Kuyper.
(Jim Eva

CUK Audio to distribute Aurora MultimediaCUK Audio to distribute Aurora Multimedia
Tuesday, 4 February 2020

UK - US AVoIP solutions manufacturer Aurora Multimedia has appointed CUK Audio as its exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland.
“Aurora Multimedia is a true innovator in the AV industry and the number of firsts they have to their name is truly impressive,” comments Stuart Thomson, managing director at CUK Audio. “The IPX line of SDVoE based 10G AVoIP transceivers are a great example of the innovation they bring to the market, incorporating advanced features such as reversable USB, copper and fibre connectivity, integrated ReAX control processor, eight-channel Dante, audio DSP and wallplate form factor.”
Simon Druce, CUK Audio sales director, adds: “Since my first contact with Paul Harris at Aurora Multimedia, I knew this was a company we had to work with. The culture of innovation Paul has fostered in the organisation is impressive and the products resulting from that will enable our customers to improve the solutions they offer their clients.”
Aurora Multimedia will be showcasing their control and video distribution solutions at ISE 2020 on stand 5-T65.
(Jim Evans)

PLASA Focus Leeds 2020 registration openPLASA Focus Leeds 2020 registration open
Monday, 3 February 2020

UK - Registration is now open for the 2020 PLASA Focus Leeds tradeshow, the popular trade event for live entertainment technology.
Returning to Leeds’ Royal Armouries on 12-13 May, the free-to-attend show not only offers a showcase of the very latest technology, it also serves as a vital meeting point for the industry, where lasting connections are made, says PLASA.
Spanning audio, AV, lighting, rigging and staging, 200+ brands will present their key products and solutions, including several debuts following major international launches.
Lighting manufacturers at the show will include Chauvet Professional, Elation Professional, GLP, Robe Lighting, and Vari-Lite & Strand, whilst featuring from the pro audio sector will be Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One, Martin Audio, RCF, Sennheiser and Shure. Plenty of rigging and staging brands will also be present - those include Area Four Industries, Doughty Engineering, Gerriets, J&C Joel, and UK Rigging.
PLASA Focus Leeds will welcome several new and returning faces for its 2020 edition, including Void Acoustics, who debuted at the PLASA Show 2019; audio manufacturers Apt-GB and Cloud Electronics, BeamZ Lighting, and network specialists Riedel Communications.
Running alongside the two show halls will be a diverse programme of talks, interactive panels and practical training sessions. Visitors can hear from influential creatives as they reveal their biggest

Kinesys USA completes move to LititzKinesys USA completes move to Lititz
Monday, 3 February 2020

USA - Kinesys has relocated its US sales office, warehouse and training facility from Lithia Springs to TAIT’s HQ in Lititz.
The move completes Kinesys’ transition to the TAIT group of companies. The new address is: Kinesys USA c/o TAIT, 401 West Lincoln Ave.,Lititz, PA, 17543.
David Bond, Kinesys COO and head of sales, comments: “We’re very excited for our base of operations to be moving and after joining the TAIT family it just makes sense for us to take advantage of their enormous headquarters. Lititz has long been the very centre of entertainment technology in the US, and we cannot wait to be a part of it.”
The transition has been completed without any impact on any outstanding orders in the USA, Kinesys has said. The company’s email and phone details will remain the same, as will the shipping and ordering process, whilst goods will now be sold as EX WORKS Lititz, PA.
Meanwhile, Tracey Anderson has been promoted to the position of Kinesys USA sales operation manager and has relocated to Lititz. All Kinesys USA clients can continue their relationships with her and David Bond as their main points of contact.
(Jim Evans)

Sterling Event Group partners with Victoria WarehouseSterling Event Group partners with Victoria Warehouse
Friday, 31 January 2020

UK - Technical event production company Sterling Event Group has announced a partnership agreement with multi-purpose Manchester venue, Victoria Warehouse.
As part of the supplier agreement, which commences today (31January), Sterling Event Group will be the venue’s preferred technical production supplier and provide exclusive in-house rigging services for corporate clients across the venue’s wide array of unique spaces.
Richard Bowden, MD of Sterling Event Group, comments: “We are really excited to be back working with the team at Victoria Warehouse, a venue with their strap line ‘We are what you make us’, which for our projects team opens up a world of options for creativity.”
James Cohen, MD of Victoria Warehouse, adds: “We are thrilled to be partnering again with Sterling Event Group for production and rigging, their team have a genuine passion for exceeding client expectations. This combined with their array of in-house services means we can be sure our clients receive the very best experience.”
Sterling Events Group works in partnership with many venues across the northwest and the UK. The company, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2019, has recently added further two warehouses to its Manchester headquarters, and is committed to continue on its growth trajectory throughout 2020.
(Jim Evans)

ESTA announces Above & Beyond Award winners
Friday, 31 January 2020

USA - The 2019 recipients of the annual Above & Beyond Awards were announced by the ESTA Technical Standards Programme (TSP) at the 2020 NAMM Show.
The awards celebrate volunteers, who have made a significant contribution or effort that advances the TSP, and are held in high esteem because the nominations are made by peers in the Programme.
The 2019 winners are . . .
Joseph Jeremy (Stage Machinery Working Group) as co-chair of the Stage Machinery Working Group, Joseph was cited for having been the principal author of the controls section of ANSI E1.42 - Entertainment Technology - Design, Installation, and Use of Orchestra Pit Lifts as well as significant contributions to a new standard currently in development - BSR E1.64 - Stage Machinery Motion Control
Chris Schmidt (Event Safety Working Group) was lauded for having kept the Event Safety Rigging Task Group on track through many challenging tasks. Event Safety Rigging is a complicated subject that needs to distill down numerous technical requirements to the widest variety of Event Safety standard readers. The subject is elusive to many event promoters and planners and it has been the daunting task of the group to find the precise wording in order to assure the reader's comprehension of this most important subject.
Peter Willis (Control Protocols Working Group) has been an active member of the CPWG for almost 20 years and has contributed significantly to many of its control standards. Peter has also provided exceptional leadership in gathering various manufactu

Fineline Lighting hosts theatre school trainingFineline Lighting hosts theatre school training
Friday, 31 January 2020

UK - On 23-24 January, Fineline Lighting hosted students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a set of Introduction to Rigging Training courses at the company’s Clevedon warehouse.
The training is held annually for students at the school and provides an insight into the world of rigging and technical event production.
Rob Sangwell, director at Fineline Lighting, comments: “It was fantastic hosting the students from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, they all worked hard and learnt a lot. It’s always great to see new generations of technical production professionals expanding their skillset.”
“All the feedback from the students about the training was positive,” adds Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Tutor Frank Bradley. “They really enjoyed the sessions and felt they had learned a basic knowledge of rigging truss which would give them confidence if they needed to apply it practically in future, and provided an insight into an area of work in which some of them would like to gain more experience.”
If you are involved with a Production Arts course and would be interested in working with Fineline to provide practical training sessions for students, email
(Jim Evans)

AVL Media Group to distribute Symetrix in CanadaAVL Media Group to distribute Symetrix in Canada
Friday, 31 January 2020

Canada - Symetrix has announced the appointment of Quebec-based AVL Media Group as its sole distributor in Canada.
AVL Media Group caters to the live performance, broadcast, and AV integration markets across the country.
“Canadian customers look for high-value, high-quality products that offer long-term reliability and clear value,” comments AVL Media Group managing director Andrew Hope. “The combination of AVL Media Group’s strong national presence for sales, support, and service and Symetrix’s established reputation for high quality reliable and scalable DSP solutions is going to be a huge success.”
“AVL Media Group has a great team in place who are enthusiastic about Symetrix,” says Ty Robinson, Symetrix international & sales operations manager. “We are really looking forward to our partnership with AVL Media and seeing how far they can take Symetrix in the Canadian market.”
“We are very excited to partner with Symetrix,” adds Hope. “The Symetrix products complete our offering in the AV integration market, allowing us to offer our customers complete end-to-end audio solutions.”
(Jim Evans)

Audiologic appointed QSC live sound distributorAudiologic appointed QSC live sound distributor
Friday, 31 January 2020

UK - Audiologic has been awarded exclusive rights to distribute QSC live sound products in the UK.
Harlow-based Audiologic has been a QSC industry market partner since June 2018, distributing the QSC Systems portfolio as well as providing system design and validation services along with commissioning support, warranty services, and training.
Andy Lewis, Audiologic’s managing director, comments: “Over the past two years, we have demonstrated real in-market value for QSC with their systems portfolio. We now look forward to providing the same high levels of expert service and customer support with QSC live sound products, to create the exceptional user experience our end customers have come to expect.”
Duncan Savage, managing director, QSC UK & Ireland, adds: “As the QSC brand grows, our distribution model and go to market strategies must evolve. Audiologic has demonstrated the technical support expertise and organisational readiness required to meet our customers’ current and future needs. Audiologic is well-equipped to provide industry-leading levels of service to our customers in the UK and Ireland, providing a stable platform as we further develop our live sound presence across the EMEA region.”
(Jim Evans)

> announces product giveaway> announces product giveaway
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

UK - Apt-GB, the creators of the > comfort monitor, has announced a major product giveaway running until 5pm on 28 February.
Apt-GB’s comfort monitors have travelled around the world with UB40 during their 40th Anniversary Tour. The band found them to be “an invaluable addition to their touring kit”.
Artist managements, tour mangers and hire companies with European or global tours with major artists during 2020 are invited to apply.
Says the company: “If you’ve seen or heard about > and you’re intrigued, Apt-GB are giving your band the opportunity to take up to four comfort monitors on the road with them - they will even engrave your logo on the back!
“If that sounds like you, or just would like to know more, then please e-mail: Graham Gosden ( with your name and company, the artist name, rough tour dates, and an indication of countries and venues to be visited.

DWR to host Roland Greil workshopDWR to host Roland Greil workshop
Wednesday, 29 January 2020

South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting a workshop with Roland Greil, lighting designer, director and programmer for artists such as Rammstein, The Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Adele and Spandau Ballett.
The event takes place on 18 February at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, Johannesburg, with Greil sharing the stage with local lighting designer Joshua Cutts.
The workshop will concentrate on lighting design for concert touring. “We will look at a few recent and past projects with a particular emphasis on the Rammstein production which I have worked on since 2019. I look forward to sharing an insightful view of the creation process as well as efficiently getting from the first sketches to the final show.”
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution comments: “This is a wonderful opportunity for South Africans to learn from one of the top lighting designers in the world. If you are in the entertainment industry, the workshop will be presented free of charge and we’d love to see you there. You will walk away feeling inspired and enlightened.”
While entry is free of charge, refreshments and eats will be available for purchase at Café Familia, the coffee shop based at The Mosaïek Teatro.
Booking is via


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