UK - One of the UK’s busiest sound hire companies, Liverpool’s Adlib has added further Outline Newton 16+8 units to its hire inventory, following their adoption as the company’s go-to processing hub for festival stages and complex multi-source applications.
Senior engineer Ian Nelson commented, “The new additions are scheduled to head out later this month on Radio 1 Big Weekend and then to all of the Adlib festival bookings for the rest of the season. Following the festival season, they will then be incorporated into the Adlib Control Systems and become the core of the Adlib loudspeaker processing systems.”
Adlib also hosted a dedicated Newton training day at its new Knowlsley HQ at the beginning of May, during which system techs and engineers were given a detailed overview of the unit’s feature set. The training was hosted by James Lawford of CUK with assistance from Adlib’s Ian Nelson and software specialist Aaron Marsh.
UK - The Knight of Illumination UK (KOI) Awards, which celebrates the creative and technical talents of video and lighting designers, welcomes a number of new judges to each of the panels across the three disciplines of Theatre, Television, and Concert Touring & Events for the 2019 Awards.
The Awards boast three panels comprised of arts critics and industry experts, with specialist knowledge of their sector, to ensure well-rounded coverage and expert insight during the judging process.
In the Theatre category, each judge serves a two-year term on the panel, which is chaired by critic and broadcaster, David Benedict.
"Given the breadth and depth - and length - of the annual judging session for the Theatre KOI Awards it is essential that our judges, all critics viewing work live in performance, are as passionate as they are articulate about their specific art form," says Benedict.
"It's a particular pleasure to welcome back Louise Levene, now dance critic for the Financial Times, to re-join the panel. Louise was a founding judge in 2007 and has since been a tireless advocate for the role of lighting in dance. By contrast, it's great to be harnessing the fresh perspectives of Tim Bano, joint lead critic for The Stage, to judge musicals and plays, and Neil Fisher, classical music editor of The Times, for the opera award. I look forward to all three joining the returning judges Zoë Anderson, Michael Billington and George Hall for a typically fiercely fought round of discussions."
Levene says, "Even the most bread-and-butter lighting will
UK - PLASA Focus Leeds returned to the Royal Armouries from 14-15 May for its 11th edition. With an 8% increase in visitors, the show once again proved to be a key social and business event in the entertainment technology calendar, welcoming professionals from across the industry over two days.
With a popular capped stand format, the show provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, as Davie Bell from Stage Electrics explains, “That’s where PLASA Focus Leeds is particularly relevant – with smaller stands you can get close to all sorts of people. As a result, we have been fantastically busy.”
Peter Condron, UK sales manager for Martin Audio confirms this sentiment: “It’s been a great show, due to the family feel which the show is known for. It’s just the right size and the fact it’s spread over two halls also makes it feel more spacious and relaxed. It has been really busy with both valued clients and potential customers coming by our stand. The show has been very positive.”
The show floor spanned two halls, offering products and solutions from a mix of audio, AV, lighting, staging and rigging brands, with several new faces who were keen to capitalise on their debut.
“As we are new to PLASA Focus Leeds we tried to do things a little differently” says 2B Heard’s director, Sam Nankivell. “We achieved this by installing an immersive audio system at our stand which included twenty speakers for a full 3D soundscape. This surprised many visitors and we had a number of new enquiries.”
Following their debut appearance
South Africa - Use your legs for a good cause and ride for the SOS at this year’s 947 Telkom Cycle Challenge to be held on Sunday, 17 November at Riversands Commercial Park in Fourways. Everyone is invited to participate, especially riders in the entertainment industry!
DWR’s cycling enthusiasts, Marlene Riley and Chris Pugh, are heading the cycling team and have already recruited friends and colleagues to join them. The team so far includes Robert Izzett, Eazy Moeketsi, Shannon and JP de Vernon, Victor Vermaak, Marlene and Bruce Riley Dylan Jones, Jaco Beukes, Tyler Pugin and Chris Pugh. Those who are brave enough can join Chris and Robert for a double loop!
“The 947 is a highlight on the cycling calendar and this year we decided to support a charity closer to home,” said Marlene Riley. “SOS Charity Fund was established by DWR in late 2017, and in a short time has helped numerous freelancers and technicians in the entertainment industry with assistance such as contributing towards medical bills, providing grocery vouchers or assisting with funeral costs. Our industry is like a family, and it’s great to have the resources to lend a hand when needed.”
Each rider interested in participating is requested to pledge and raise R2 500. Marlene will assist you, step by step, to create a personalized BackABuddy page, where you can create awareness and receive support from friends and family. For more information visit: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/charity/profile/sos-charit
UK - West London lighting and video rental specialist Colour Sound Experiment has expanded its fleet of vehicles with a new artic and trailer – a Volvo FH460 Globetrotter Euro 6 tractor unit, complete with a 45' Schmitz Cargobull low-ride Tri-axle semi-trailer.
This vehicle - chosen for its efficiency and dynamics - is an investment made for the convenience of trucking equipment to tours and festivals across the UK and Europe. It will also offer clients an additional element of cost-effectivity as Colour Sound can offer independent trucking services for large one-offs.
The truck will be especially busy during the upcoming festival season and will help streamline overall production logistics by reducing the off-site pick-ups required.
“All our vehicles have been bought with a view to making our operations as flexible and versatile as possible to suit client needs,” commented Colour Sound’s H (Haydn Cruickshank). “Having the artic substantially enhances the capacity of this service.”
With shows, events and projects involving increased amounts of kit, a larger and more spacious option was required in addition to the existing transport as the new truck joins a 12-tonner that was delivered in November.
Both tractor and trailer are fully air ride enabled and all of this and more ensures that Colour Sound’s kit gets the safest and most comfortable rides to and from site.
Colour Sound already has one full-time Class 1 HGV driver on the transport team, and more will have the opportunity to gain their licences in the coming
UK - Rental company HPSS has added Outline Newton to its hire stock, adding another user to the growing group of companies benefitting from Newton’s comprehensive feature set and ease of use.
The purchase was confirmed at PLASA Focus in Leeds by HPSS managing director Hugh Jones, following a product demonstration at the company’s premises in Hull. Hugh and HPSS technical manager Iain Firth were suitably impressed and Newton is now to be immediately pressed into service in some challenging scenarios.
Helping with the quick roll out of Newton straight onto upcoming jobs, Outline distributor CUK Audio has already provided training for HPSS staff and freelance system technicians, carried out by James Lawford, live sound manager for the UK and Ireland.
Europe - QSC has announced the appointment of Earpro, S.A. as a new distribution partner for the Iberian region, effective 1 June 2019. Earpro will represent both QSC Live Sound and Systems solutions in Spain, Portugal and Andorra.
“We are excited to partner with such an experienced and highly professional distribution partner to expand the QSC brand for both the Live Sound and Systems businesses in the Iberian region,” says Ron Marchant, senior director distribution management QSC EMEA. “As part of this transition, we would also like to thank SoundLight for their commitment and partnership during the last years.”
Miguel Mezquita, managing director of Earpro says, “After leading the professional audio distribution for the last 30 years in Iberia, Earpro is happy to become QSC brand ambassadors for its leading portfolio of amplifiers, loudspeakers and audio, video & control ecosystem, strengthening our market position. We look forward to offering our customers QSC solutions and its 50+ years of innovation that are ideal for a wide variety of installations.”
Earpro was established in 1987 and has been operating as a subsidiary of the Midwich Group plc. since March 2017.
Europe - d&b audiotechnik has announced the brand’s existing distributor for Belgium, Amptec, will now distribute the full range of d&b products across the Netherlands and Luxembourg, effective immediately.
“d&b has already enjoyed many fruitful years working in close collaboration with Amptec in the Belgian market and we see great potential for our partnership in the future,” says Phill Coe, territory manager EMEA at d&b audiotechnik. “Working with Amptec for the whole BeNeLux region ensures that our customers will benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience supporting both touring and installation projects across multiple markets.”
Amptec’s growth in recent years has coincided with the appointment of experienced industry professionals; distribution of d&b in the Netherlands will be led by Amptec sales director, Bart Hilberink.
“Initial activity in the market, including investment in the SL-Series by Dutch rental company HVR Show Equipment, confirms the significant potential we expect d&b to have in the Netherlands,” states Hilberink. “We’re thrilled to be announcing this expansion at a time of great strategic importance - as d&b brings industry leading technology to the market in the form of the SL-Series and d&b Soundscape.”
“On a daily basis over 50 Amptec colleagues will be delivering high quality professional audio solutions,” says Bart Willems, CEO of Amptec BVBA, “setting the benchmark for quality and service, whilst adapting to new trends and technological evoluti
Europe - Ayrton and Lightpower have announced that, from 1 July 2019, Lightpower will take over the exclusive distribution of Ayrton in Germany.
"We are looking forward to working with Ayrton,” states Herbert Marx, sales director of Lightpower. “Ayrton is an extremely dynamic brand with innovative, market-leading products of the highest quality. Ayrton's high-quality standards and product and portfolio strategy are a perfect match for Lightpower."
“It is a big step for Ayrton to join forces with Lightpower,” comments Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director. “A short four years after introducing Ayrton to the German market, it is now time for the next distribution level. To have a broader sales approach, to develop new markets and to also offer convincing service on the after sales side.”
France - Elation Professional’s French distributor, Best Audio & Lighting, is inviting lighting professionals to its studio near Paris 21-23 May for a chance to demo and get hands on with Elation lights, including the newest luminaires in Elation’s comprehensive product line.
This is an opportunity to check out Elation’s award-winning product line and get up close with some of the newest offerings such as the Proteus Maximus, Artiste Monet, Rayzor 760, Proteus Smarty Hybrid and Fuze Profile. Lighting control products from Obsidian Control System like the NX 2, M-Touch and M-Play will also be available for hands-on examination. Registration is requested at email@example.com
South Africa - DWR Distribution is hosting a studio lighting workshop presented by Peter Rieck on 28 May from 9am to 5pm local time.
Peter is well known in the South African industry for lighting countless studio and television productions. His easy-going nature and wealth of experience will make this a training course not to be missed.
The course will be hosted at DWR, 9 Zeiss Street, Laserpark, Honeydew. The cost is R450 and includes eats and refreshments. Bookings can be made here.
China - PK Sound has appointed Polar Audio Guangzhou as its distributor in China, effective immediately. The deal marks PK Sound’s first commitment to growing into the APAC region.
On the appointment, CEO and chief engineer at PK Sound, Jeremy Bridge, commented: “The deal came about as Polar Audio was searching for a high-quality audio brand to complement to their high-end video and laser offerings. As a renowned audio designer, Polar Audio’s CTO became aware of the technology and made multiple visits to the factory, and attended live events where our loudspeakers were being used as well. Polar Audio was looking for a world class company that they believed could overtake established top level brands. PK Sound has just the right technology to do so.”
According to Bridge, Polar Audio combines the experience of long-serving industry professionals with a large network and market reach in the region, eventually being selected after patient and reserved deliberation.
“It’s extremely important to grow the global network in the correct manner and choose the right partners from the beginning,” he added. “Growing this global network will be a primary focus for PK Sound in 2019.”
Polar Audio will become a full-service distributor for PK Sound technology, supported closely by PK headquarters to provide solutions for customers, full service, stock, repair, technical staff and audio consulting. The company also has a demonstration facility in Guangzhou built specifically to showcase PK Sound products.
“The global marketplace for pr
The 11th edition of PLASA Focus Leeds will open its doors from 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries Museum, unleashing the world of live entertainment technology on the north of England.
Spanning two sold-out halls, the popular show provides a platform for 175+ leading brands, all geared up to showcase the very best the industry has to offer, including a variety of products arriving on UK shores directly from international launches.
Lighting will make an impression with Robe, Chauvet, Elation and Avolites; huge audio will be delivered by Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Sennheiser; and event specialists include SFL Group, UK Rigging and Hawthorn.
Beyond the show floor, the programme will see industry leaders present content that is both insightful and entertaining, guaranteeing visitors will depart from the show with ready-to-apply knowledge and endless inspiration.
Future-proofed audio systems
Audio professionals can look forward to seeing for the first time the Vero VX from Funktion One which promises to bring Vero sound to a wider range of venues. KV2 Audio will debut their ESD CUBE which offers a high quality, compact solution. Bose are presenting their ArenaMatch loudspeakers which bring improved sound and flexibility to outdoor events. Also, Martin Audio are displaying their BlacklineX series which proudly claims to be the next level of loudspeaker.
Additionally, a plethora of wireless systems will be at the show including Shure’s Axient Digital, Trantec’s newly launched S5 series of Rack ‘n’ Ready, and the new gener
Special Funding - Grassroots music venues across England will now be able to apply for special funding from a ring-fenced budget intended to support the sector and help stem their decline. Arts Council England has announced it has set aside £1.5m of National Lottery money to fund projects hosting and promoting live music in grassroots venues. It comes amid an ongoing campaign to protect small venues following a period of decline across the UK.
Opening this week, the scheme will accept applications for between £1,000 and £40,000 from music venues and promoters. The funding will sit within the Arts Council’s project grants programme, but by having a separate budget for grassroots music venues, ACE said it wanted to encourage applications by reducing the high level of competition faced when applying for the main project grants scheme.
Arts Council chief executive Darren Henley said: “Grassroots music venues are essential both for our world-renowned music industry and communities across the country, and there needs to be a collective effort from both the public sector and music industry to support them.”
Other organisations such as the Music Venue Trust and the Musicians’ Union are working alongside the Arts Council on a number of coordinated initiatives to make up a “sector-wide approach” to supporting venues. Last year, London mayor Sadiq Khan created a £1 million fund for grassroots arts projects as part of a commitment to support culture in communities across the capital.
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UK - The first week of May saw Creative Technology UK’s Festival of Technology 2019. CTFest19, as it is known, sees the company welcome innovation partners to its Sussex base to showcase the latest in event technology and creative ideas. This year, Brompton Technology took the opportunity to give attendees a close up look at its high-end processors and new HDR technology.
HDR video offers a new approach to delivering better image quality, without requiring finer and finer pixel pitches to achieve it and brings a trio of image quality improvements that are particularly well placed for LED screens.
“The response to HDR at CTFest19 was extremely positive,” says Brompton business development manager Rob Fowler. “We’re always keen to get involved with companies who prize innovation and want to showcase leading edge technology. CT understands the benefits of our system and how it can be used to best effect. CT Fest offered us a broad reaching yet intimate platform to demonstrate the benefits of our technology to a wide range of event producers and technicians.”
As well as Brompton’s own dedicated area, CT also took advantage of Brompton processing power for CTFest19’s main stage show, which featured a 6152 x 1760 pixel, 2.8mm ROE Black Pearl LED screen run by two SX40s.
France - Pioneer Professional Audio has invited the audio installation, rental and club sectors to attend a technical audio demo at the Djoon Club facilities on the 21 May (Tuesday).
Attendees will be able test Pioneer’s XY Series (comprising the XY-3B and XY-2 models) and experiment with the XPRS amplified speakers by bringing their own test tracks.
The XY-3B and XY-2 models are designed for fixed installations and touring. The XY series loudspeakers feature in top venues including Djoon, Fabric London, and Halcyon. The XY-3B has performed at festivals such as I Love Techno (Montpellier) ADE (Amsterdam) Ultra (Singapore) and Lovebox (London).
The XPRS active speaker range features Powersoft Class D amplifiers and comes with a seven-year warranty as standard and is designed for both audio rental companies and mobile DJs.
Spaces at the Djoon demonstration are limited, so those interested in attending must register via this link.
Europe - ArKaos has announced that with immediate effect its product range will be distributed by and available throughout the UK and Ireland via sales specialist Entedi.
This announcement coincides with the PLASA Focus expo in Leeds this week where key ArKaos products including the new 4K Studio range of media servers and its MediaMaster Pro software will be presented by Entedi on stand Number N-D31.
Says ArKaos MD Agnes Wojewoda: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Entedi with its dedication to premium products and service. It will broaden the availability and support for ArKaos products generally throughout the UK and Ireland and open new doors through the expertise, enthusiasm and extensive industry contacts of Entedi’s MD Cally Bacchus and his fantastic team.”
Cally himself commented: “We are very pleased to be representing ArKaos as an innovator at the cutting edge of the constantly evolving world of digital communications. As a brand with such a strong reputation and identity, we are looking forward to a positive and long-term working relationship with a great future ahead.”
ArKaos’ new 4K Studio Servers provide a highly effective solution with extremely high-quality rendering performance that is easy and intuitive to run from a lighting console. Eight of these recently featured on the German edition of Dancing on Ice.
ArKaos’ ground-breaking MediaMaster Pro software is designed to be right at the heart of a diversity of practical entertainment and architainment video and media solutions. The latest ve
Europe - At this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, Neutrik went on a determined offensive against product piracy. Following Neutrik’s request, police seized numerous products that clearly violate intellectual property rights. Moreover, extensive warnings to cease and desist have also been sent to the companies concerned. Further legal action has already been launched.
Countless Neutrik products are based on technical inventions that have set new standards and are protected by patents. In addition, design features and brand names have been registered to ensure that original Neutrik products are easily and clearly recognizable.
“We want to generate real customer added value with our products and to protect that value. That requires maintaining global patents and trademarks, which, while very costly, form an important part of our innovation culture. If our competitors now ruthlessly flout these intellectual property rights, we shall consistently take all the legal measures at our disposal to stop this,” said René Kleiner, CTO of the Neutrik Group.
Among the most frequently imitated or copied products are the XLR plugs of the XX series (e.g. the compression ring patent) as well as the speakON, powerCON and etherCON cable connectors. In addition to patent infringements, Neutrik must also respond to imitations of protected design elements (sinus wave) or the misuse of registered brand names, says the company.
Consistent action against product piracy and copiers is essential and forms part of Neutrik’s corporate strategy in order to
France - Details of Showlight 2021, the unique lighting colloquium organised for lighting professionals by lighting professionals, have been announced. The next gathering for this quadrennial event will take place on 22-25 May 2021 in the French town of Fontainebleau. The main sponsor for the event will be the 100-year old French manufacturer of followspots and theatrical luminaires, Robert Juliat.
The Showlight committee searched long and hard for a setting worthy of Showlight’s reputation for fascinating locations, and settled on the historic town of Fontainebleau which lies 55.5km (34.5 miles) south east of Paris.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and famous for its medieval Château de Fontainebleau, a royal and imperial residence for more than 800 years, and surrounded by former royal hunting park, Fontainebleau Forest, Fontainebleau is a picturesque setting full of characterful bars and restaurants which will provide an entertaining backdrop to the main activities of Showlight 2021.
The highly-anticipated conference will take place in the town’s Théâtre Municipal, directly opposite the Château de Fontainebleau, where delegates can enjoy the varied programme of conference papers delivered by professionals across many lighting disciplines. A small supporting exhibition will take place in the theatre’s foyer and courtyard between papers sessions, offering superb opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other lighting professionals. And of course, the event will close with a resplendent Gala Dinner in a
South Africa - DWR Distribution recently welcomed Absen’s Ricky Qiu in South Africa, where Qui and DWR’s Schalk Botha visited several Absen installations to seek client feedback. The duo also demo’d Absen products to prospective clients.
“People really liked the new Polaris series,” comments Schalk Botha. “The design of the frame is user-friendly and hands-on, and we were pleased to receive positive feedback.”
UK - Backstage Academy has picked up a Educate North Award for Business/Industry Collaboration - HE/FE Sector.
Judged by an independent panel, the awards celebrate best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North of England. On Backstage Academy, the judges commented that this was “a fantastic project with clear benefits” and also felt the institution had “an innovative commercial view addressing the skills shortage and improving employability, providing great results in a thriving sector”.
Rachel Nicholson, Backstage Academy vice-principal, led the team at the official ceremony, which took place on 25 April at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester. This was attended by over 300 education professionals from further and higher education institutions from across the north, together with a range of suppliers.
Nicholson said: “We are so proud to have won this prestigious award in such a strongly contested category. Our industry collaborations are integral to everything we do at Backstage Academy, so to be recognised for our unique approach to specialist education and training is a huge achievement for our students, staff and industry partners.”
The initiative is staged by Carm Productions, in partnership with Prolific North and Don’t Panic.
Poland - Full-service live event and production company Technika Kubacki has expanded its Adamson Systems Engineering inventory to better serve its customer base, which includes some of Poland’s best-known live acts and music events.
Technika Kubacki joined the Adamson Network in August 2017, sourcing an S-Series system from ProAUDIO-AVT, the manufacturer’s exclusive Polish distributor. That package included 24 S10 two-way, full-range line array cabinets and 12 complementary S119 subwoofers.
“After a long and detailed analysis of what was available, we chose to invest in Adamson. They have excellent products and the brand is respected all over the world,” explains Technika Kubacki owner, Damian Kubacki. “We’ve had our system out on all kinds of applications in all kinds of conditions with great results every time. The sub-compact S10 fits our needs perfectly.”
In early 2019, the company boosted its inventory in order to deploy larger and more versatile systems for a myriad of applications. Now, Technika Kubacki boasts 40 S10 and 16 narrow-dispersion S10n cabinets in addition to 16 S119 and 8 E219 subwoofers, plus a complement of Adamson E-Racks with Lab.gruppen PLM 12K44 and PLM 20000Q amplifiers with onboard Lake processing.
Kubacki cites Adamson’s Blueprint AV design and simulation software solution as another major selling point. “Blueprint is just so intuitive and easy to use, making system design and deployment very straightforward. The results are always crystal clear and translate seamlessly to the real world,” he s
UK - Rental company Adlib has confirmed its investment in a considerate amount of the Vanish V8 LED panel from ROE Visual.
Concluding a two-year conversation with the final investment in the ROE Visual products, Adlib and ROE Visual both believe that a steady business relationship, based on supplier support and excellent service, are beneficial to the end-user.
“A partnership with the Team at ROE was a no brainer,” comments Rich Rowley GM of lighting and video. “Adlib’s ethos of strong manufacturer relationships ensures we have fast backup and support, which is of paramount importance to us. With ROE Visual their diverse and creative product range sits well with our growth strategy in touring video.”
“We have found good resonance in the UK with our products and service-based approach. The UK market has rapidly become an important market for us, and we can boast really nice partnerships with the UK-based companies,” states Auke Meijer, sales director for ROE Visual Europe.
With a substantial investment in over 400 panels Vanish V8, Adlib can extend its rental fleet with this transparent LED panel and respond to current market demand. The Vanish V8 is a lightweight LED panel offering a 60% transparency and excellent visual qualities.
“We have had lots of demand last year for a 10mm blow through type screen,” comments Rowley, “but the birth of the V8 allows us to offer not only a sub 10mm product, but one that offers 60% transparency also. We already have a very busy summer season from touring to festivals and the V8 is
The Netherlands - ELC Lighting has appointed two distribution partners for the Green-GO range.
Event Communications Australia has taken responsibility for the brand in the Australian market, while Electrosonic SA has been appointed as distributor for South Africa.
Sydney-based Event Communications Australia, founded by Peter Cochrane and Frank Madzin, is a specialist provider of professional comms systems for the event production market. To meet the demand for Green-GO across Australia’s vast geographical area, the company has formed close working relationships with partners around the country. In addition, they recently recruited Robbi Nassi, a well-known figure in South Africa’s production industry, as a Green-GO specialist.
Nassi comments: “We see great potential for Green-GO Digital in this market. It has been extremely well received, as if the market has been waiting for such a product for a long time. We’ve seen success from live events through to broadcast, and we’re sure it will continue its growth into sporting events and other exciting potential areas of use.
“The Green-GO system is easy to grasp, yet offers powerful control and the ability to interface with existing Party-line systems, 2-way radio, 4-wire devices, remote bridging - and all completely scalable. This is the winning solution behind the Green-GO product range. It’s the only IP-based event communications system on the market, it’s well priced and offers a simple solution for basic to complex communication.”
Electrosonic SA director Bruce Schwartz