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agm2019-grouppicPLASA hosts Members' Day & AGM
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

UK - PLASA hosted its 2019 Members’ Day and AGM at the Royal College of Physicians, London, on 1 May to reflect on a year of stand-out projects and on-going industry initiatives. PLASA chairman Adam Blaxill opened proceedings with news of the Association’s key developments and achievements over the past year, while PLASA treasurer Mark Surtees reported a strong financial performance, and success across the membership, events and media divisions.
PLASA MD Peter Heath then welcomed a series of active members who have helped to steer the Association and wider industry. ETC’s Adam Bennette provided an update on the single lighting EU Ecodesign regulations, followed by Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence) who celebrated the success of PlugFest, the annual event for lighting interoperability. Board members Matt Lloyd and Koy Neminathan then reported on PLASA’s recent Manufacturers’ Forum event, while Steve Giudici discussed the importance of ASPEC’s work for the film industry. Jessica Allan (Productionomics) and Trevor Wilkinson (Purple Market Research) followed with an update on the recent research commissioned by PLASA for the industry. Meanwhile, John Simpson of technical entertainment charity Backup revealed the indispensable work done by the charity for industry professionals in crisis.
Additionally, Heath reported on the continued growth of the PLASA Show, before welcoming Mary Beth Henson (L-Acoustics) to the stage. Henson discussed how L-Acoustics had successfully returned to the London show in

mxwmxw8boardroomdesatShure sponsors UC Expo
Friday, 3 May 2019

UK - Shure has announced its official sponsorship of the audio at this year’s Unified Communications (UC Expo), which takes place on 15-26 May at the ExCel, London.
As official audio sponsor, Shure will be providing a selection of microphones to equip the various theatre spaces, seminars and presentations taking place throughout the two-day London event.
Along with audio sponsorship, Shure is the headline sponsor of the AVIXA Diversity Council seminar, How Do We Attract, Recruit And Retain A Diverse And Inclusive Workforce? which is being held on 15 May (Wednesday). The seminar will focus on solutions to facilitate the development of increased diversity and inclusion within the AV/IT industry and features insight and discussion by a selection of industry heavyweights, including Kevin McLoughlin, AV manager, Royal Society of Medicine.
There will also be a Shure presentation on Thursday, 16 May entitled Make Connections Feel Effortless, hosted by Shure’s market development manager Richard Knott. The presentation aims to improve companies’ conferencing experiences by early planning of networked audio requirements and the discussion of reliable and effective systems needed.
Shure will also be exhibiting at the event, showcasing the complete range of Microflex Advance, Microflex Wireless (MXW) and ULX-D systems. Visitors are able to experience a live demo of the MXA910 Ceiling Array Microphone from the Shure booth.
Now entering its 13th year, UC Expo is Europe’s largest unified communication and collaboration show, attra

silk-roadAV Stumpfl’s PIXERA hits the Silk Road
Friday, 3 May 2019

China - One of the Hong Kong Science Museum’s latest exhibitions - a complex projection interpretation of the Landscape Map of the Silk Road - made good use of AV Stumpfl’s PIXERA two media servers to achieve the flexibility and power necessary for such a demanding project.
The install was designed, supplied and system integrated by Cosmo Pro AV, and ran from 7 December 2018 and until 20 February 2019.
The original map was created as a painting for the Jiajing Emperor in the Ming dynasty. With over 200 cities marked on the map, ranging from the Jiayu Pass in Gansu Province in the east to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in the west, it demonstrated that the Chinese had grasped a very clear geographical understanding of the Silk Road thanks to centuries of trade.
For the recent exhibition, the museum oversaw the fabrication and installation of a 32m x 3m edge blending projection that would allow visitors to experience the Landscape Map of the Silk Road as an animated, digital exhibit.
Cosmo Pro AV’s Jason Yeung comments: “The Hong Kong Science Museum approached us to provide a comprehensive solution for the edge blending projection. The system needed to be flexible above all else, as the museum planned to experiment with multi-layered playback, bringing the traditional art pieces to life with animations.”
Cosmo Pro AV specified a pair of AV Stumpfl’s new PIXERA two Quad media servers, complete with AV Stumpfl media server software for edge blending and show control. This system was set up to remotely control 8 Vivitek DU7090Z Laser il

bromptonBrompton Technology expands training programme
Friday, 3 May 2019

USA/Australia - Owing to increasing demand, high-end LED processor manufacturer, Brompton Technology, has expanded its Tessera training programme, adding sessions in both the US and Australia for these very popular courses.
“We want to make sure everyone gets the best out of our products and, because of that, we’re passionate about investing in training,” says Brompton product specialist, Cesar Caceres. “In addition, we are always keen to respond to customer requests to take our courses to wherever they need it.”
The result is an expanded schedule, with its first US training session held at the end of April in Boca Raton, Florida and a further date added on 31 May in Chicago, Illinois, both led by Sean Sheridan, regional technical manager (Americas). Another first is in Australia, where Melbourne-based WooHah Productions will play host to Brompton account manager, Luke Hurford, on 8 May.
Meanwhile, the well-established UK training calendar at Brompton’s London headquarters has courses available on 22 - 23 May, 19 - 20 June and 17 - 18 July.
All Brompton training is offered free of charge, with the open sessions designed for anyone interested in learning more about how to operate Brompton’s Tessera LED processor hardware and software.
In other news Brompton recently began a co-operation with France’s Oliverdy Formation, a leading provider of industrial training for the entertainment industry. Cesar has now trained Koudzo Dalikou who leads the company’s Mur LED (LED wall) sessions and Oliverdy will now incorporate a modu

mir2018spettacolizan9037Music Inside Rimini opens on Sunday
Friday, 3 May 2019

Italy - On 5 May (Sunday) the curtain will be officially raised on Music Inside Rimini. The industry event runs for three days.
The event organised by Italian Exhibition Group over the years has managed to become a reference point for the world of national and international show business, thanks to a format at European level that integrates all sectors of the product chain - in the light & sound, professional video, integrated systems and music & DJ producer sectors. New exhibitors, training and entertainment will feature across eight pavilions of the Rimini Expo Centre.
The Live You Play format, officially incorporated by the MIR brand, will give space to the rock and theatre world with three dedicated pavilions, in which participants will be able to immerse themselves to experience technological innovations live through Virtual Check and Live Show.
Among the scheduled side events, there will be workshops, conferences and meetings that will feature leading international professionals.
Lighting Designer @ Work is dedicated to the world of lights, with artists such as Jo Campana, Giovanni Pinna and Mamo Pozzoli, creators of light shows during the concerts of Vasco Rossi, Ligabue, Gianna Nannini and Cesare Cremonini.
Aerial Imaging will be presented by Tommaso Codolo, one of the leading experts in aerial and terrestrial video productions, as well as ENAC pilot, instructor and examiner who will offer an exhaustive overview on the use of DJI professional drones.
Old and new come together in in the s

splitbeam-eilon-2019-copyGearhouse Splitbeam adds Ron StageMaster
Thursday, 2 May 2019

South Africa - With the new production of Phantom of the Opera, which started a world tour in January this year in Manila, Philippines, Gearhouse Splitbeam have added the Eilon Ron StageMaster 6000 G4 Wireless System to their rigging rental stock for the first time.
“The 10-load cell system, that we purchased from DWR Distribution, can be remotely monitored in conjunction with the wireless receiver and Apple compatible software via blue tooth technology,” comments Alistair Kilbee, managing director at Splitbeam. “The Eilon load cells are easy to install due to the perpendicular design and wireless capabilities.”
The Eilon Ron StageMaster 6000 System, that allows for “always on” wireless continuous monitoring, was the main reason Splitbeam selected the 6000 series. “This means that the load on the motors can be monitored as the motors are moving scenery in and out to ensure safe load dispersion between the motors,” Kilbee explains. “The load cells have a battery life of up to 5,000 hours so we can confidently install them on a touring production where they will be in the rig for a month at a time. Each monitoring system has the capability to monitor up to 200 load cells allowing us to easily purchase additional load cells to add to our current system.”
Kilbee concludes: “With over 100 of our Prolyft Aetos Motors on the tour, the Eilon StageMaster 6000 system provides peace of mind by preventing and warning of potential overloading and thus putting safety first.”
(Jim Evans)

korea-presshiPoint Source Audio expands in Asia Pacific
Thursday, 2 May 2019

China - Point Source Audio (PSA) has appointed China’s EAD and South Korea’s Capstone Pro as distribution partners for its SERIES8 and EMBRACE microphones and CM-i series of in-ear headsets.
The appointments come on the back of an expansion effort in response to increased sales and product awareness outside of the USA for Point Source Audio. These partnerships further expand the company’s worldwide reach, which now includes international partners in the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan Italy, Norway, Finland and France, among others.
“We’re excited to be working with both Capstone Pro and EAD,” says James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. “The creative community in these regions is massive and our products fit their needs. Our goal is to continuously improve our customers’ experience around the world in every aspect and we are confident that our new partners will help achieve that.”
Integral to achieving this growth trajectory in the Asia Pacific region is also the appointment of AS Audio APAC Pte as the manufacturer’s representative in the territory. Based in Singapore, the company, led by Alex Schloesser, will support the Asia Pacific business and develop its distribution network. AS Audio will also handle all technical and sales support for Point Source Audio throughout the APAC region.
Schloesser comments: “Developing and growing the PSA business is a rewarding and enjoyable task. Wherever we take the products, they shine and stand their ground with the competition. I very much look forward to be taking PSA in

terjehvambarynorwayClair Brothers partners with Bary AS
Thursday, 2 May 2019

Norway - Clair Brothers has partnered with Bary AS, one of Norway’s largest suppliers of technical solutions and equipment for concerts, festivals, events and other productions.
Bary has reportedly ordered an extensive list of Clair Brothers equipment for demo and sales purposes, including a selection of 1AM stage monitors, 1.5AM stage monitors, 10SPOT hybrid speakers, CB-PLM12K44 amps, CB-PLM5K44 amps, kiT-Sub-Mini+s, kiT-Sub+s, CS218-M mobile subs, kiTCurve12s, kiT12s, 8CX-P-100 point source speakers, 5CX-P-70 point source speakers, and a various support products like road cases, rigging equipment, dollies, coupling links, soft covers and more.
Morten Bakke, director of business development at Bary AS, comments: “We got everything delivered a couple of weeks ago and have already confirmed three different installations with the 10SPOT and kiT-Subs - a total of approximately 60 speakers. What an awesome start to a long relationship with this historic American brand.”
The purchase comes after Fetsund-based technology supplier had attended a Clair Brothers product demo in late 2018, courtesy of the US manufacturer’s Durch distributor, Audio Specialists. “We couldn’t wait to hear these amazing products for ourselves,” explains Bakke. “Through our years of experience, we know what to look for and we can easily spot the differences in comparative product quality and durability. So right away, we could hear what the world has been hearing for decades - the goose bump raising clarity and power of Clair Brothers speakers. We’re also very i

catalogueProlight Concepts new catalogue now available
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Europe - The last nine months has seen major changes at the new Prolight Concepts HQ with the openning of a larger warehousing and office complex  allowing for an even greater stock holding and more efficient dispatching.
Now the company has introduced a new catalogue, listing This, in turn, has allowed expansion of the product range, hence the requirement for the new catalogue.
The marketing and purchasing departments have been working hard over the last three months to get the catalogue ready. The Big One just got even bigger, with over 2200 products featured and the introduction of multiple distributed brands including LDR, Lynx Pro Audio and The Confetti Maker.
The new 2019/20 catalogue has arrived and will be officially released at PLASA Focus Leeds.
Andrew Jeffrey, managing director comments, “Our 2019/20 catalogue contains over 2,200 stock lines; this along with our new distribution facility and increased inventory of over £4.5m allows for immediate same-day dispatch of customer orders.”
All products are now also online to view as part of the company’s e-catalogue - visit the company’s website for more information.

lightswitchlogoLightswitch becomes Pledge-a-Service partner
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

USA - Lightswitch has become the latest Behind the Scenes Pledge-a-Service partner by pledging to donate a percentage of their design fees to the charity.
For more than 25 years, Lightswitch has been committed to changing the way people experience their world. They are a consortium of internationally recognised lighting, media and visual designers who create unforgettable experiences where people live, work, learn and play. Whether for a concert, an event, an experiential environment, or an architectural project, they use a balance of artistry, practicality and technical mastery to create memorable, compelling and responsible lighting and visual design. This core principle guides their team of dedicated designers who serve clients from their full-service studios around the world.
On presenting their first cheque for $1,000, Howard Werner, partner and principal, states: “As people that have worked in the entertainment industry for our entire careers the people of Lightswitch have had our share of personal setbacks. We fully support those in our industry that are in need and are very happy to be a part of Behind the Scenes and the effort to help our brothers and sisters in their time of need.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Lightswitch as a Pledge-a-Service Partner,” comments Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes. “Having a company of their stature and vision participate in the program is extremely important to the charity both in spreading the word to those in need that help is available and in encouraging others in the design communit

ipav-pro-series-pic-1AC-ET to distribute PureLink's IPAV Pro
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

UK & Ireland - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor for PureLink's IPAV Pro series of 10Gb AV over IP transmission, switching and signal processing solutions. AC-ET sister company A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ireland will handle distribution in the Republic of Ireland.
With the Pro AV industry currently transitioning to AV distribution over IP, to create entirely new user experiences with 4K+ video content, there is a growing demand for technologies which meet tomorrow's as well as today's video performance needs. In addition, companies are seeking products which utilise a widely adopted VOIP protocol, such as SDVoE (Software Defined Video Over Ethernet).
The IPAV Pro series combines 10Gb Ethernet over IP switching technology with a toughened chassis custom made for the rigours of rental and staging. Utilising the SDVoE protocol, it provides reliable distribution of uncompressed 4K video in real time, with zero frame latency and pixel perfect image quality in even the most demanding of conditions.
Stuart Burdett, video sales manager, comments: "AV over IP is the future for our industry, so it's important to ensure that our rental and touring production customers invest in solutions which deliver professional-level, future-proofed video performance for many years to come. In addition, these products need to offer simple, reliable integration with other system technologies in a production environment.
“PureLink's IPAV Pro series really meets all these technical requirements, and comp

prglogo500x300pxPRG unifies R&D into PRG Innovation
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Foundation Funding - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s foundation is overhauling the way money is awarded, with three new strands aimed at supporting potential and reaching diverse communities. The foundation will award funding under the strands Unlock, Enhance and Empower. The Unlock strand will give grants if up to £5,000 to projects that increase diversity by “breaking down social, economic and geographical barriers”. This might include youth theatres or music therapy groups.
The Enhance strand will award grants of up to £10,000 to projects that provide specialist training and workplace experience for emerging artists and newly graduated professionals, while the Empower section will award funding of up to £25,000 to projects that allow practitioners to “apply resources widely” and give training to a significant number of people.
Lloyd Webber said: “Music and the arts can empower and liberate, which is why it’s so important to encourage participation and nurture talent. If you empower children and young people through the arts, the return on investment is huge. I don’t think there’s ever been a time when the arts have been more important. I really, passionately believe that.”
Since launching in 2011, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded more than £20m.
Northern Light - Edinburgh’s proposed new 1,000 seat concert hall and 200 seat studio theatre space has won planning approval from the city’s council. Previously referred to as the Impact Centre, it will be called the Dunard Centre – after a donation f

robe-slovenian-national-tvSlovenian National TV invests in Robe
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Slovenia - Slovenian National Television (Radiotelevizija Slovenija – RTV) has invested in two Robe BMFL Blades complete with side-mounting LightMaster kits which enable the units to be used as manually operated follow spots in their studios and for OB productions.
It is their first Robe purchase – although they regularly use Robe Pointes, LEDWash 600s, LEDBeam 100 moving lights on cross hire for specific shows - and the units were delivered by MK Light Sound, Robe’s Slovenian distributor.
The decision to purchase was made by Bojan Lenart, head of lighting and Bojan Repić, chief technologist for the broadcaster, together with others on their lighting team.
“There was absolutely no other product out there like this which has the side mounting control capabilities,” commented Bojan Lenart, explaining that the mission started as a hunt for follow spots with the option to control some parameters via a lighting console if necessary but that could also be used as a standard follow spot.
The BMFL LightMaster is an accessory kit comprising externally mounted programmable follow spot handles, a control panel and two individual faders.
RTV initially looked at conventional follow spots, however the big deciding factor was that the BMFL Blade is a multifunctional luminaire, so if they want to use the fixtures for something else – like key lighting or as part of a moving light rig – they also have the option to integrate it into the stage or studio lighting system.
The BMFL Follow Spots have been in action on a variety of progra

k-arrayIbiza’s Metrica Sound partners with K-array
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Spain - K-array has announced a partnership that sees Metrica Sound as exclusive K-array distributor for the Spanish island of Ibiza.
Metrica Recording Studio was developed by Javier Ferrer in 2018 with the aim to produce the first professional studio in Ibiza capable of working with the highest standards of quality and technology within the audio industry. The studio focuses on 3D and Binaural recording and is also one of the first recording studios in the world to use the Sfëar Technology in a professional environment.
“We have a selection of the best tools available on the market and we are a group of professionals with more than 15 years in the sound and music industry,” says Ferrer. “We take care of the entire recording process, from the production to the recording of voices and bands as well as the art of mixing and mastering. And now we can offer the final phase, high-performance music reproduction, by enlisting the advanced solutions that K-array offers.”
With a K-array installation inside the facility, visiting artists have special access to a live showroom and Metrica is dedicated to supplying the nightclubs and hotspots on the island with the Italian brand.
“We focus our sights on what is to come and together, with our clients and partners and with our feet in the present, we will change the way people hear sounds and music,” concludes Ferrer.
(Jim Evans)

attero-techAudiologic to distribute Attero Tech in UK
Tuesday, 30 April 2019

UK - Audiologic has been appointed as a UK distributor for USA-based AV connectivity specialists Attero Tech of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 2005 by a group of engineers, Attero Tech has grown into a global provider of audio networking I/O endpoints and AV connectivity solutions, including networked AV wall plates, small form factor network AV interfaces, Bluetooth for Pro-AV, IP paging and audio monitoring products.
Adding Attero Tech to its portfolio complements Audiologic’s distribution of QSC Systems. Attero Tech’s AES 67 and Dante-enabled products are designed for compatibility with QSC Q-SYS Core DSP solutions and it has also developed control plugins for Q-SYS Designer DSP software.
Managing director at Audiologic Andy Lewis comments, “Attero Tech’s AES67 products have been specifically designed to be compatible with QSC solutions and thus constitute a valuable addition to the Audiologic range, enabling customers to obtain everything they require for complete DSP solutions from under one roof.”
(Jim Evans)

adlibAdlib boosts MAC Viper Performance stock
Monday, 29 April 2019

UK - Adlib has increased its inventory of Martin MAC Vipers, adding a further 14 MAC Viper Performance fixtures.
“These fixtures continue to be a great complement to the 200+ Vipers we already have in stock,” states Dave Platt, head of operations lighting & video. “The increase is purely down to demand, to meet LD requests for Hozier, The Specials, Kaiser Chiefs and Hall & Oates shows.”
And the reason for this particular fixture’s popularity? Platt is in no doubt: “The framing feature is the key. It also sits nicely within the Viper range so it is a perfect addition.”
Thanks to its many features, the Viper Performance is finding its way into a number of markets serviced by Adlib, from concert touring to TV to Theatre. “It’s our main shuttering Profile and it holds its own nicely against the competition,” concludes Platt. “The MAC Viper Performance appears on most riders.”
Martin by Harman is distributed in the UK by Sound Technology.
(Jim Evans)

noga-eilon-baharDWR to distribute Ron StageMaster
Monday, 29 April 2019

South Africa - Eilon Engineering Weighing Systems, the brand synonymous with Ron StageMaster and Ron load cells, crane scales and dynamometers, has appointed DWR Distribution as their South African distributor.
“We are happy to begin our cooperation with DWR for the distribution of our Ron StageMaster systems in South Africa,” said Noga Eilon-Bahar of Eilon Engineering. “This cooperation with DWR, who are the country’s leading supplier of all entertainment industry equipment, is an important addition to the Ron StageMaster distribution network worldwide. I am sure that together we will make live events in South Africa even safer, and I have no doubt that this collaboration will be successful.”
While Eilon Engineering was established some 40 years ago, it was in 2006 that the company decided to harness its extensive knowledge in advanced wireless communication, as well as its proven load cell technology for the development of an advanced multi-point load monitoring and overload prevention system. This was the inception of the Ron StageMaster system, which shortly after its launch gained international recognition, as well as innovation awards, at both LDI and PLASA.
With their slogan ‘Safety Above All’, the company is made up of individuals excited about their product and the significant impact it makes on the hoist market. As stage products have grown in size with tons of equipment often suspended above the audience, Ron StageMaster is continually coming up with products, such as the load monitoring system, to ensure safety first.

clairbrosFES joins Clair Brothers global network
Monday, 29 April 2019

USA - Freestyle Event Services (FES) is one of Central California’s largest full-service event production and AV rental companies. Their growth continues with the recent decision to join the global network of companies that provide Clair Brothers loudspeaker systems.
Jared Perry, partner at FES commentss, “It became clear that Clair Brothers was the right choice after visiting the Clair Brothers facility in Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just hearing the extraordinary sound quality of their C8 and C12 systems but witnessing the various stages of manufacturing and discussing the engineering that goes into their designs and realizing that if we had questions, we’d be talking directly to the people that design these speakers.”
“When we witnessed the precision, detail, passion and tradition built into their award-winning product,” Joe Sorensen, operations manager at FES adds, “we were really glad Paul Hugo, principal at Marshank Group, invited us to visit and joined us on the tour.” Leading the tour was Josh Sadd, Clair Brothers chief design engineer, and Henry Hissrich, Clair Brothers business development & sales manager.
Ultimately the decision was made to purchase 24 Clair Brothers C12 along with 12 iPS218 subwoofers. “On a technical level, this is the perfect system for our needs,” says Sorensen. “The C12s use of coaxial mid-high components symmetrically located between two 12-inch low-frequency speakers just makes so much sense to us. In addition, the smaller C8 uses the same mid-high component so if we need to supplement our

hsl4Wall Entertainment acquires HSL Group
Friday, 26 April 2019

UK - 4Wall Entertainment has completed the acquisition of HSL Group.
The deal, which was agreed in principle earlier this month, means HSL's 165,000 sq. ft. facility in Blackburn is now being rebranded as 4Wall UK, creating the first international base for the US equipment and services provider.
4Wall UK will be comprised of the former HSL sales team and staff, with former HSL MD Simon Stuart leading the sales team and assuming the role of VP of business development.
Stuart comments: "With the deal completed, we are officially part of the 4Wall family, ensuring long-term stability of our location. We couldn't be happier to join this amazing organization and thank our friends from across the pond for the opportunity."
Wes Bailey, 4Wall COO, adds: "The 4Wall UK team hasn't skipped a beat since the announcement was made two weeks ago which perfectly exemplifies why this was the right time for 4Wall to expand into the international market. There is a strong group in place that will help us introduce the 4Wall brand to the UK in a positive way."
4Wall and HSL have previously worked together on concert touring acts travelling between the two countries, creating a natural partnership between key employees and even customers that will be strengthened moving forward. Having a true 4Wall location overseas will allow the company to better serve tours and events scheduled to make US and UK stops.

yamahawebinarseriesYamaha schedules new webinar series
Friday, 26 April 2019

World - Yamaha is launching a new series of webinars in mid-May.
The webinars, part of the company’s Audioversity training initiative, are aimed at professional audio engineers, systems integrators and venue technicians. Each webinar will run twice, at 10am and at 5pm UTC+1, to ensure that as many participants as possible from across Europe, the Americas, Russia, Africa and the Middle East can take part. Participants must register for their preferred time slot - see links below.
The first session, to be hosted on 15 May (Wednesday) by product specialists Andy Cooper and Karl Christmas, will focus on system design using CL and QL series digital mixing consoles.
The series will continue at monthly intervals and cover a wide range of pro-level topics aimed at the live production, hospitality, house of worship, corporate installation and broadcast markets.
For those who are unable to participate, the sessions will be archived for later viewing.
“With these Audioversity webinars we have taken a new look at what we offer,” says Atsushi Kitagawa, general manager at Yamaha R&D Professional Audio (UK). “We are making them more interactive, with Q&A sessions, as well as adding interviews and other useful content.
“We want to engage with as many audio professionals around the world as possible and give our webinars much more of a face-to-face training feel. I believe that they will make a very positive difference throughout the professional sound market.”
15 May

opus-lightinglogoGel Services acquired by Opus Lighting
Friday, 26 April 2019

USA - Gel strings specialist Opus Lighting has announced the acquisition of Gel Services, Inc (GSI).
Opus Lighting of Colorado Springs was founded in 2008 and specialises in colour strings production. GSI, which had been producing gel strings for scrollers and provided parts and service for Wybron products for over 40 years, closed on 31 March. Its business operations were transferred to Opus Lighting on 1 April.
Brandon James, Opus Lighting principal, comments: “When I heard that GSI would be closing, I thought that this was a unique opportunity to strengthen our business and continue supporting people who still rely on colour scroller technology. We will be supporting all existing colour string orders that were outstanding with GSI’s customers and want to show them that they can rely on getting quality work and on-time delivery from Opus Lighting.”
(Jim Evans)

mexicoTMB partners with Audio Acústica in Mexico
Friday, 26 April 2019

Mexico - TMB has welcomed Audio Acústica as its regional distribution partner.
The Mexico City-based AV and lighting provider will now offer TMB’s signature products such as the Solaris fixtures, ProPlex devices and cables, IMS, FloppyFlex, ProPower and others, along with customer support and services.
Stephanie Kilburg, TMB sales manager, comments: “Our relationship with Audio Acústica goes back 20 years. Renowned and respected for professionalism and service, Audio Acústica is now working closely with TMB, building our brands in Mexico and helping increase public awareness of the quality and reliability of our products.”
Kilburg adds: “The benefits of having a local distributor will become immediately apparent to entertainment production, staging and installation customers in Mexico.”
José Roberto Ono, Audio Acústica subdirector, says: “We look forward to taking our relationship with TMB to the next level. Their product line-up complements our other lines very handsomely, and the quality is of course first-rate. We and TMB have a great working relationship, and our customers will appreciate increased access to TMB’s many new and exciting, innovative products.”
Audio Acústica and TMB are exhibiting at Expo Soundcheck, taking place 28-30 April in Mexico City.
(Jim Evans)

saradot2DWR continues to support SARA
Thursday, 25 April 2019

South Africa - The South African Roadies Association (SARA) and DWR Distribution backed recent training sessions for dot2.
The training that took place over 9-10 April was aimed at exposing new SARA trainees to the dot2 as well as exploring deeper topics for those familiar with it. The class was headed up by Olebogeng Boinamo, who was keen to impart his knowledge and skills with those in attendance.
The trainees were a group of mixed levels of experience, and Ole says the challenge to both teach to new and developed students was fun because it helps to put things in perspective for both him and the experienced students whilst teaching newer trainees. There was a difficulty level for everyone in attendance, offering an opportunity to learn and grow.
Freddie Nyathela, the president of SARA is always keen to celebrate his students. He says that the class consisted of 35 students who attended the previous class offered by DWR which points to a demonstration of the demand and success of the role training plays in shaping the industry. In addition to the returning students the excitement brought along five new students.
Nyathela adds that the dot2 training came at a useful time. “The training itself came at the right time where the students were introduced to new technologies,” he says, adding that the students “were highly motivated” and open to the skills they were gaining.
The training comprised of learning the dot2 console and the PC system including; patches, user profiles, pre-sets, effects and back up. Every student got their


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