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philippinesDPA appoints distributor in the Philippines
Friday, 11 January 2019

Philippines - DPA Microphones has announced the appointment of Music & Audio Solutions & Services as its new distributor in the Philippines.
The agreement is effective immediately and covers all markets, including live sound, house of worship, broadcast, pro audio, film and theatre.
Founded in 2007, Music & Audio distributes products for a wide range of manufacturers involved in the sound reinforcement and musical instrument industries. Brands such as Korg, VOX, Smarvo and Lava Cable are included in the company’s roster. Thanks to a strategic partnership with Audiophile Components Inc. - the largest pro audio distributor in the Philippines with a total of 70 dealers/contractors nationwide – DPA products will now be available through 12 Audiophile branches in and around Manila.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominic Tsang, DPA’s APAC area sales manager, says: “We are pleased to have found an experienced partner in the Philippines and I am confident that with its solid knowledge and local expertise, Music & Audio will be able to serve our current and future customers promptly, efficiently and in the best way possible. By having Music & Audio as a partner, we are ready to expand our sales network to different market segments and capture the full potential of the Philippines.”
Jun Fernandez, managing director of Music & Audio, adds: “DPA is a technology leader in the pro audio market and a company with a strong product development team. In recent years they have launched numerous cutting-edge products to differ

leeds-beckettStage Electrics appointed to Leeds Beckett scheme
Wednesday, 9 January 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed to supply film and TV studio lighting hoists, production lighting, sound, video and comms infrastructure and motorised grid systems to Leeds Beckett’s new Creative Arts building.
The scope of the contract covers five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios, music studios and mixing & screening rooms, a 180-seat theatre, an 80-seat studio theatre and a 230-seat cinema for film screenings. The building, currently under construction and due to complete in 2020, will house the university’s School of Film and Music & Performing Arts department.
Engaged by SES Engineering Services, on behalf of the main contractor, Downing Construction, Stage Electrics is set to begin on site in June of 2019, with the company’s Matthew Addison assigned as project manager for the development.
He comments: “The term ‘state of the art’ gets thrown around a lot, but this project is a true reflection of a state-of-the-art development. The Leeds Beckett Creative Arts Building is a professional standard of specification that students will benefit from for years to come. We are excited to begin this project next year knowing that, along with drawing on Leeds Beckett’s strong heritage for diverse learning skills and opportunities, we’re playing our part in providing a new city landmark.”
Due to the scale and differing nature of spaces within the project, the client appointed two venue consultants: Arup Venues, responsible for the design of five film & TV studios, three performing arts studios,

newboardmembers-mainPLASA announces changes to its board
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

UK - PLASA has announced the latest changes to its Board, with Koy Neminathan appointed as the Manufacturer’s Representative and Matt Lloyd moving in to the role of Vice-Chair. These changes were voted for by PLASA manufacturer members and Board members respectively, and the terms began at the start of 2019. 
Koy Neminathan, sales director for Avolites, will represent the best interests of manufacturers from all sectors. His experience of working at all levels within a major brand provides him with the practical skills and in-depth knowledge to ensure that manufacturers are supported and understood on a wide range of issues. Former Manufacturer’s Representative and well-known industry figure, Matt Lloyd has moved to the role of Vice-Chair. Lloyd’s expertise come from his vast experience within the industry which includes being the co-founder of GDS. Meanwhile, previous Vice-Chair, Martin Hawthorn is stepping down after 10 years of serving with the Board, but will continue to work closely with PLASA across the association’s activities and events.

Elsewhere on the PLASA Board, Dave Crump, president of Creative Technology has been re-elected as Rental and Production Representative, and all other members remain in their current positions. 

PLASA is the leading membership body for the live entertainment technology industry which champions its members and the wider industry through annual trade shows, market-leading publications, and by campaigning on issues of concern. Each Boar

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Vital Statistics - Almost a quarter of young adults never go to the theatre, preferring to stay at home to watch TV or use social media, according to new research. A study of 2,000 18 to 30-year-olds found that 24% of respondents said they never attend theatre performances, with this figure higher among men than women. And 20% of respondents said they go once a year, with 27% attending two to three times a year.
Of those surveyed, 51% said they most enjoyed watching TV in their spare time, compared to 11% who chose going to the theatre. More respondents chose using social media (36%) over a trip to a theatre production. The survey found that ticket prices was the top factor which, if improved, would encourage young adults to attend the theatre more regularly.
Respondents also said they would welcome interactive technologies, such as virtual and augmented reality, if they were made available as part of visits. People who were taken to shows as a child were more likely to continue visits as an adult, with 59% now going at least once a year. Of those who never went to the theatre as children, 65% have never gone as adults. The poll was carried out for specialist insurers Ecclesiastical, which operates in the arts, heritage, education and church sectors.
In The Courts - A US judge has rejected a legal case accusing Ed Sheeran of copying parts of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On to be dropped. In his decision, District Judge Louis Stanton said a jury should decide. He said he found "substantial similarities between several of the two works' mu

av-marketingAV Marketing to distribute Martin Audio
Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Finland - AV Marketing Finland has become the new distributor for Martin Audio, effective 1 January.
Training and marketing has already commenced, with roadshows, seminars, workshops and many other initiatives lined up for 2019.
Jyrki Mäkinen, who joined AV Marketing Finland last year, will become a de-facto product manager.
“The first and most important issue was to check loudspeaker ranges suitable for pro users and the installation market,” says Mäkinen. “The focus quickly turned to Martin Audio whose Finnish distribution had previously been handled from Sweden.
With an extensive background in pro audio, he contacted Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, whom he already knew - and hence the seeds were sewn for a co-operation.
Mäkinen adds: “AV Marketing Finland is an extremely experienced provider of presentation equipment - but in order to serve the customer base more effectively we needed to expand our audio portfolio. Martin Audio will become the key brand in our distribution portfolio, and will raise our profile in the touring and installation markets.”
“Our first priority will be the installation market through our presentation retailer network,” continues Mäkinen. “We have great number of AV, MI and IT retailers who will be more than delighted with the CDD and ADORN products, and this will enable us to better support them. After the first wave we will concentrate on theatre, rental and multipurpose markets.”
In summary, he says: “We see the future as very bright indeed and are excited by the entire Ma

mongolTwo teams tackle Mongol Rally for Backup
Monday, 7 January 2019

Europe/Asia - Two teams will take part in the 2019 Mongol Rally to raise money for technical entertainment charity Backup.
The rally, which takes place in July and spans 10,000 miles from the Czech Republic to Ulan Ude in Russia, requires participants to ride a very small vehicle, with no support or set route to the finish line, which must be crossed in four to eight weeks.
Team Backup, comprising Salvador Avila, Ethan Forde and Duncan McLean, are aiming to raise £50,000 for the charity, with team The Nomadic Numpties of ‘Turbo’ Anthony Hall and ‘Henri’ Abby Cooper targeting a further £1,000.
Team Backup will ride a 2001 Toyota Yaris with over 121,000 miles on the clock. Meanwhile, Team Nomadic Numpties are looking for ideas from the industry on turning their car, Poppy, into a mobile mirror ball.
“It won’t be easy, and the drive is fraught with danger,” says Duncan Mclean, a video and projection designer based in London and New York, who has worked in theatre, TV and large-scale live events for the past 15 years. “There will be highs and lows, the car will breakdown - a lot - and friendships will be pushed to their limits.
“But our goal is to raise £50,000 for Backup and we’re aiming to get manufacturers, hire companies

exertis-logo-red-hrHarman adds Exertis as UK distributor
Friday, 4 January 2019

UK - Harman Professional Solutions has announced a new distributor partnership with Exertis in the UK.
The agreement entitles Exertis the right to distribute the collaboration and retail products range offered by Harman Professional Solutions. The agreement covers the entire AMX Acendo product family in addition to a selection of AKG, JBL Professional and Martin by Harman products.
“We are delighted to partner with Exertis,” comments Richard Hutchinson, regional lead UK and Eire at Harman Professional Solutions, EMEA. “By appointing Exertis as one of our retail and collaboration space distributors in the UK, we will be able to address the new segment demands of the market. We are confident that with Exertis’ vision and high level of expertise, we can significantly enhance our market reach.”
“We are delighted to be distributing Harman Professional Solutions products in the UK,” adds Jamie Brothwell, business development director at Exertis. “JBL, AKG, Martin and AMX are leading brands in the industry with Harman being known in the industry as an innovator. We are looking forward to offering these paramount solutions to our customers.”
(Jim Evans)

acquisitionCrosby Group acquires Straightpoint
Friday, 4 January 2019

USA - The Crosby Group has completed the acquisition of Straightpoint UK (SP), a manufacturer of load cells and force measurement equipment.
The acquisition, effective 2 January, includes SP’s Hampshire-based manufacturing facility and headquarters, which will become Crosby’s 'centre of excellence for load monitoring and measurement'.
David Ayling, formerly CEO at SP, will step into a new role overseeing sales, marketing, and product development functions for all load monitoring equipment. He will report to Robert Desel, chief commercial officer at Crosby.
Ayling comments: “SP has built a very strong team focused on innovation and high service levels and we wanted to ensure we could maintain and capitalise on these important features of the company. Crosby’s brand, its channel strength, global reach, and management team will enable us to build on our strengths and take the business to a new level.
“Becoming part of Crosby represents an opportunity to deliver our solutions to more customers and increase the pace of our innovation. It’s an exciting new chapter for SP, its team members, and customers.”
Robert Desel adds: “We’ve had a close relationship with SP for quite a while - its load shackles are based on the industry standard Crosby G2130 shackle, and we use SP products on our Safe Rigging trucks. SP’s position as a leader and innovator in load measurement and monitoring, and the opportunity to integrate its technology into our already strong portfolio, made this a compelling addition to Crosby.”
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northernNew studio complex planned for North East
Thursday, 3 January 2019

UK - The Northern School of Art is one step closer to realising its vision of establishing a major film and TV production facility in the North East.
A planning application has been submitted for The Northern Studios - a Hartlepool-based, 30,000sq.ft film and TV studio and production facility designed in partnership with Logic Architecture.
The new development would provide the North East with its first dedicated production facility capable of housing large-scale film and TV production. It will support specialist technical and skills training for undergraduates on a range of creative degree programmes available at The Northern School of Art, but will also be available for commercial studio use, allowing business users to take advantage of the specialised technical equipment for stage, screen and events production.
Pat Chapman, vice-principal (employability and external relations) at The Northern School of Art, comments: “As the specialist provider of education and training for the creative industries in the region, we are delighted to have taken this important next step in bringing about a new chapter of ambition and regeneration for the North East. The Northern School of Art has a clear role in championing the growing creative sector in the region and taking positive steps to help it grow in value and employment.
“The Northern School of Art is a long-established provider of degree programmes in the screen and stage industries, if approved, the development of the new studios will provide much-needed commercial studio space to accommodate

concept-audio-left-and-powersoft-rightPowersoft appoints Concept Audio in Malaysia
Thursday, 3 January 2019

Malaysia - Powersoft has appointed Concept Audio as its distributor in Malaysia.
Concept Audio is a complete AV equipment supplier that provides gear as well as system designs, project implementation and system integration. The company also distributes Coolux, Clearcom, Shure, Nexo, Quest Engineering and JBL.
Castrit Lim, sales director of Concept Audio, comments: “Powersoft products can deliver more than enough power to any sized sound system, and their reliability is complemented by excellent component quality, compact size, and intuitive functions. We discovered that Powersoft amps would also be the most flexible option for our customers - given the audio products we distribute already - and the value for money is second to none.”
Concept Audio plans to supply its new Powersoft gear to universities and government departments, but the company says it also anticipates “a good response” from integrators, rental companies and end users.
Lim adds: “We believe that the install market is a main growth area for our country at this moment. The majority of spending power here falls under middle and entry market levels, so most clients are looking for the best possible products on an affordable budget. Education in this stage is very important, and we intend to conduct more product introduction events and training seminars in order to promote brand awareness.
“Powersoft has a proven track in helping distributors to educate the markets with their leading sonic technologies, and we are confident that these sessions will be beneficial

cadaudioJHS to distribute CAD Audio in UK and ROI
Thursday, 3 January 2019

UK - As of January, Leeds-based pro audio distributor JHS has become the exclusive distributor of CAD Audio microphones and accessories in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
CAD Audio's 2019 catalogue comprises the CAD Live, StageSelect and GXL Wireless ranges, Equitek recording and Acousti-Shield acoustic enclosures, Livesound, USB mics and Astatic microphones and installation accessories as well as Sessions headphones.
Ralph Jung, CAD Audio sales director, US music, comments: “We are very pleased to have JHS as CAD Audio’s exclusive distributor in the UK and ROI. JHS is a very strong and respected organisation with deep roots and strong relationships in its markets. The CAD Audio product line is a great fit with the current JHS product offering, and we look forward to achieving great success alongside the talented team at JHS.”
“We have a long history of representing a number of leading pro audio and musical instrument brands throughout the UK, ROI, Europe and globally,” adds JHS managing director, Dennis Drumm. “The addition of CAD Audio to our complement of world class brands is a great way to begin 2019. We will use our considerable reach and promotional resources to further CAD Audio's already peerless reputation in the competitive domestic market.”
(Jim Evans)

entedi-logoEntedi appointed UK distributor for Elation
Wednesday, 2 January 2019

UK - Elation Professional has confirmed that Entedi will begin to distribute Elation Professional products in the UK from 1 February.
Entedi was formed in 2016 by a team of experienced industry professionals to service the ever-growing demand for professional high-end equipment in the UK and Ireland. The company serves both rental and installation customers across the wide spectrum of dynamic lighting applications.
“As the recent PLASA show demonstrated for us, there is growing demand for Elation products,” states Marc Librecht, head of sales and marketing for Elation in Europe. “Expanding our brand in such an important European market is an essential piece of our growth strategy. Entedi is a company that appreciates that relationships are the key to success and we are delighted to be working with them to spread the Elation brand.”
With the exclusive partnership, Entedi expands its professional portfolio to include Elation’s complete range of innovative lighting products, allowing the company to offer its customers more complete solutions.
Cally Bacchus, managing director for Entedi, comments: "Since the start of Entedi we have always focused our partnerships with manufacturers who strive to bring new technologies to market, those that want to make a difference and are passionate about what they do. We do this for our customers, because our customers are always looking for new creative looks alongside their confidence in the return-on-investment.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Elation is breaking new ground and truly off

hippoGreen Hippo masterclass success
Friday, 21 December 2018

UK - The West London demo room of Kinesys was home to a Green Hippo Automation Masterclass with an international flavour. Welcoming attendees from Finland and the Netherlands, as well as the United Kingdom, Green Hippo partnered with Kinesys to deliver Masterclass III - Automation.
The two-day course, which took place earlier this month, enabled delegates to take a deep dive into integrating moving elements with Hippotizer and SHAPE 3D projection mapping. Occupying the Kinesys base, conveniently located 20 minutes from Heathrow, students benefited from a venue fully-equipped with chain motors, rotators, trolleys and truss - this was a true hands-on experience where participants experienced using actual hardware to practice key skills including object alignment, parenting and automation scripting.
Both days saw students spending the mornings absorbing theory in the training room, moving in the afternoons to the demo room for hands-on, practical sessions. Day one included a section on automation history and terminology as well as basic usage of Kinesys Vector and K2 systems - no prior knowledge of Kinesys systems was required for this course, though a good understanding of Hippotizer and basic SHAPE functions was recommended - closing with rotation and translation ‘in real life’. The second day’s topics included 3D basics and texture mappers, moving on to (Epson) projector alignment, setting up multi-axis automation with parenting, and automation visualisation.
At the end of the masterclass, delegates left with their automation skillset signific

Biamp acquires Cambridge Sound Management
Friday, 21 December 2018

USA - Pro AV solutions supplier Biamp has acquired sound masking specialist Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp.
CSM joins as a product family within the Beaverton-based company’s portfolio, with business functions set to gradually blend into a single Biamp business.
Rashid Skaf, Biamp president, comments: “It has been just one year since I led the acquisition of Biamp with Highlander Partners with the stated intent of leveraging it as a platform to build a respected provider of comprehensive AV solutions. This transaction is the first evidence of that strategy being implemented but far from the last. Biamp is on the move.
“The acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management unites two great brands in the professional AV market.”
The deal will enable Biamp, who provides AV solutions for conference rooms, lecture halls, auditoria as well as paging and notification systems, to also provide a sound masking offering through CSM.
(Jim Evans)

aldALD names 2018 Michael Northen Awards winners
Friday, 21 December 2018

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers has announced the winners of this year’s Michael Northen Awards.
The awards offer an opportunity for students leaving education to gain practical skills and experience in creating a portfolio that sells their design ideas. The strongest lighting or video designs are then showcased to experienced lighting and video designers and the wider industry.
The Michael Northen Award, named in honour of the first credited lighting designer in the UK and his work on the The Mousetrap, was awarded to Sophie Bailey of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. The judges described her design as ‘sculptural and controlled’.
Johanne Jensen (Royal Central School of Speech & Drama) was awarded the ETC Award for Excellence in Lighting Design. The judges felt the process was presented well and praised the use of light.
Bethany Gupwell of Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (see LSi July’s Early Stagers) walked away with the Francis Reid Award. The final imagery of Gupwell’s designs was thought striking, three-dimensional and with faces well lit.
The Excellence in Video Design Award was presented to Ruben Plaza Garcia of Rose Bruford College. The judges said his portfolio contained a good range of images and especially liked the combination of animated versus tr

Maestra Group switches to HireHop
Thursday, 20 December 2018

UK - The Maestra Group in London and Dubai have switched from their existing server-based equipment rental software to HireHop’s cloud-based rental equipment software to manage their productions, hires and inventory.
Maestra is an international event production and AV rental company based out of London and Dubai, with a large portfolio of iclients and events under their belts.
HireHop’s director Keith Jacobs says: “We are delighted to have such a prestigious and well-respected company on board, and we look forward to facilitating Maestra’s growth in the future.”
Justin Hammond, managing director of Maestra London, adds: “We had encountered numerous limitations with our previous rental software and needed a replacement. We switched over to HireHop because it could do everything we needed and more, due to its speed and the wealth of functionality, making it the perfect fit for our ever-growing company.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Hall Of Fame - Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, The Cure, Def Leppard and Radiohead are among the acts announced as the latest members of The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The artists will be officially inducted next year alongside Roxy Music and The Zombies as the official class of 2019. It means Jackson joins brother Michael among the alumni, while Stevie Nicks enters for the second time as a solo artist, having previously been inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac.
Creative Capital - The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced the capital’s first six creative enterprise zones, which will be awarded £11m in funding to support artists and businesses. Spread across seven boroughs, the aim of the zones is to support artists to establish themselves in local areas and to develop skills and job opportunities for local people.
The six zones to be announced include Brixton in Lambeth, Croydon – which aims to become a “music city” nurturing young people to enter the music industry - and the borough of Lewisham. Hackney Wick and Fish Island, in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, will be another zone, alongside areas in the boroughs of Hounslow and Haringey. The creative enterprise zones aim to create more than 3,500 jobs, 1,000 education opportunities and 40,000 sq metres of affordable workspace.
Free Entry - The English National Opera (ENO) has announced it will give free tickets to under-18s for its Spring 2019 season. Balcony tickets will be made available on Saturdays as a way of engaging young people in opera.

shanghai-main-newdisguise opens in Los Angeles and Shanghai
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK - disguise has expanded its global reach by opening two new offices, in Shanghai and Los Angeles. This is in addition to their bases in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Fernando Kufer, CEO at disguise, comments: “The decision to expand into China and open a second office in America was a logical step in our business growth strategy. We are seeing rapid growth across the globe and some of the most talented visual designers are in these regions, so it is critical that we can work with them effectively and offer culturally relevant support.”
disguise have also hired multiple new team members across different regions. Bill Collis has joined disguise as chairman of the board, bringing his leadership experience within the film and video industry. The company has also appointed a new executive team including: Tom Rockhill as chief sales officer, Paul Hunt as chief financial officer and Lorna Bains as chief people officer. Other senior appointments include Roberto Scandian as head of operations, Ethan Forde as head of support, Laurence Dalby who is leading the company’s new Mixed Reality features for film and broadcast. There are also new teams in Shanghai and LA to support the new offices and regions.
(Jim Evans)

benidormStage Sound Services extends Sony inventory
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK - The comprehensive range of useful features offered by Sony’s DWX Generation 3 Digital Wireless system has inspired Stage Sound Services to invest in a further 24 channels of DWX, bringing its overall channel count to more than 150.
Stage Sound Services was an early adopter of Sony’s DWX 3 technology, seeing its toughness and durability as ideally suited to the rigours of theatre productions, particularly touring productions. Its DWX channels were supplied by Sound Network, which distributes Sony audio equipment in the UK.
Phil Hurley, managing director of Stage Sound Services, says: “In terms of price, reliability and sound quality, Sony’s DWX Generation 3 is an outstanding digital wireless system and, in our opinion, the best on the market. We supply equipment to numerous West End theatre productions and many of the sound designers we deal with are now specifying Sony DWX Generation 3 because they are so impressed with its sound quality. Demand for this technology is growing, which is why we have recently increased our investment by adding a further 24 channels.
“When we first tried Sony’s DWX Generation 3 system we were very impressed with its features and with how well the system worked in a live environment,” Phil Hurley adds. “As a brand, Sony inspires confidence and we’ve had a long association with the company, being one of the first equipment suppliers to adopt Sony’s popular miniature belt pack. Sony’s entry into the digital wireless market has raised the bar in terms of performance and we are very happy to be ass

powersoftPowersoft starts public trading on AIM Italia
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Italy - Powersoft S.p.A is set to commence the public trading of its shares on the AIM Italia (Alternative Investment Market), organised and managed by Borsa Italiana.
The move is expected to bolster the company’s growth plans and intensify its R&D activities. Powersoft shares - ordinary shares and warrants - began trading on 17 December, following a settlement on 14 December.
Powersoft’s CEO Luca Lastrucci comments: “We have enjoyed great success in the last few years, which has been evidenced by the significant advances we have made over the last two decades, both technologically and territorially. In order to take the next step forward, we have decided to open ourselves up to a wider world. This will, in turn, give us more capital to maintain our strong focus on R&D, which has been a key growth driver for this company since the beginning.”
A pioneer in switched-mode technology, Powersoft has made Class-D a reliable and effective reality. The company has also introduced other major patented technologies that increased the efficiency of its amplifiers, such as Pulse Width Modulation (PWM), Power Factor Correction (PFC), Differential Pressure Control (DPC) and Smart Rails Management (SRM).
All these technologies, aimed at improving efficiency, and consequently reducing power consumption while expanding capabilities, are part of Powersoft's Green Audio Power design philosophy. With this kind of approach Powersoft contributes to environmental sustainability, thanks to smaller, lighter and more efficient amplifiers.

glpehrgeizkuenzlerbraunGLP acquires Ehrgeiz
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Germany - German Light Products (GLP) has acquired outdoor lighting specialist Ehrgeiz Lichttechnik, effective 1 January. Karlsbad-based Ehrgeiz and its employees will be integrated into GLP, with Ehrgeiz set to remain as a brand in GLP’s portfolio.
Steven Braun, MD of Ehrgeiz, says: “Since both companies are located in the same place and are active in the same market, there have always been points of contact. Ehrgeiz has been successfully developing and marketing products in an increasingly competitive market in recent years. This fact has not escaped GLP and there have been discussions as to how we can combine the strengths of both companies. I am delighted to be joining the GLP family, along with the Ehrgeiz team, and continue to develop great and innovative products.”
Udo Künzler, CEO of GLP, adds: “I am proud to welcome Steven and his Ehrgeiz team, and we look forward to working together. Ehrgeiz has developed a broad expertise in recent years and knows how to develop innovative products, and this is particularly evident in their outdoor products. The merger will expand GLP’s portfolio in areas where we see great potential and will make us even stronger in the coming years. Taking on Ehrgeiz is a win-win and will drive us further in our global growth strategy.”

digicoklangDiGiCo acquires KLANG:technologies
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

UK - DiGiCo has announced that KLANG:technologies has become the latest addition to Audiotonix. The 3D IEM specialist joins the Group that already includes Allen & Heath, Calrec, DiGiGrid, Solid State Logic and DiGiCo. Under the agreement, which was concluded last week, the KLANG system control will be introduced into DiGiCo’s worksurfaces.
James Gordon CEO of Audiotonix comments: “We have had the pleasure of working with KLANG and their pioneering immersive technology for a couple of years and when the opportunity arose for them to join Audiotonix, we were keen to make it happen. We have always stressed that with our M&A we would look at each brand’s requirement and help support them with their aspirations. On that basis KLANG will become a key part of DiGiCo’s future, as they combine forces to improve the listening world of artists and monitor engineers alike. It is about to sound a lot more natural, with the arrival of I-IEM (immersive in-ear monitoring).”
Austin Freshwater, GM of DiGiCo, adds: “We have been working in the background with KLANG for some months on increasing our level of integration. Over that time, it was clear the ethos of the development teams was similar, with a lot of shared common goals. Combining the control of the KLANG system into the DiGiCo worksurface will allow I-IEM and 3D personal monitoring to be a part of an engineer’s natural work flow, and that’s just the beginning for us and the KLANG team. We are keen to meet all their existing supporters and help more potential users understand the differenc

etc-arcsystemfamilyETC acquires GDS product lines
Friday, 14 December 2018

UK - ETC has expanded its partnership with fellow lighting manufacturer GDS by acquiring its ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem product lines.
Under the new agreement, ETC will assume the global manufacturing and distribution responsibilities for ArcSystem, BlueSystem and CueSystem from August 2019.
David Lincecum, ETC vice-president of marketing, comments: “ETC plans to expand our work in architectural lighting throughout the world, and bringing these GDS products under the ETC banner is the leading edge of that strategy. We look forward to assisting customers around the world in their migration to architectural LED lighting. GDS have designed great products and we are pleased to take them over in 2019.”
Richard Cuthbert, GDS managing director, adds: "Following this new agreement together, we will see GDS move forward into a new, exciting stage of expansion. We are, as a company, more focused than ever before to bring new problem-solving products to our customers. We look forward to working with ETC in the future combining our technical expertise for the benefit of the industry."
Prior to this agreement, ETC and GDS had already been in a partnership where the American company had been manufacturing and selling the ArcSystem and BlueSystem products in North and South America since 2015. Until the latest deal takes place, customers should continue to use the existing GDS sales channels. ETC and GDS will continue to develop and service the for customers around the world.
ArcSystem is an award-winning range of modular, efficien

ETCP candidates given more practice time
Friday, 14 December 2018

USA - The Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) has announced changes to its examination rules.
From 15 December, candidates who purchase the ETCP practice examinations will have 90 days to complete the web-based exams, increasing from the previous one of 30 days.
There is no application process with the practice exams and any interested candidates will be able to take the exams remotely.
Candidates may grade the answers as they go or keep the practice exam available to study for the full 90 days. Those who have already purchased one of the practice exams are locked into the current window of 30 days.
“The practice exams were one of the greatest tools I used for preparing for the rigging exam. They helped me understand test layout and what I needed to spend more time on. I would suggest everyone takes one, if not all, the relevant practice exams, prior to testing on the actual exam,” says Gabriel Gula, ETCP rigger - Arena.
(Jim Evans)


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