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claypaky-axcor-spot-300VHC adds Claypaky Axcor Spots to inventory
Monday, 10 September 2018

Visual Horizon Communications (VHC), a St. Paul, Minnesota-based boutique staging company, has taken delivery of Claypaky Axcor Spot 300 fixtures. One of the first in the US to acquire Axcor Spots, part of Claypaky’s new Axcor 300 family of moving LED fixtures, VHC has been looking to replace older spots in the company’s lighting inventory.
“We needed to replace some ageing spots, and our last two purchases had been Claypaky equipment,” says lighting designer Bob Wynsteker. “We really like the quality we’re seeing from Claypaky. Their fixtures are built to last.”
When VHC decided to invest in new spots the company staged a shoot-out with other LED fixtures of comparable size to the Axcor Spot. “The Axcor’s brightness, compared to our current spots, was right up there,” says Wynsteker. “Stacked up against the other units, the Axcor consumed less power and had a nice flat, even field. But perhaps its biggest selling point was its mechanical design: Three of our technicians who are normally on site with projects loved how you can open the top of the fixture and pull out a module and replace a gobo in mid-show. Some other fixtures are so jam-packed inside that they are hard to maintain.
“In fact, the Axcor Spot is better designed all around, right down to its recessed display panel - a much better solution than the flush-mounted panel on other units.”
The new fixtures are slated for use on two upcoming national conventions and a large corporate meeting; the Axcor Spots will make their debut with “a guest lighting designer who

phoenixTukans to distribute Phoenix Audio in UK
Monday, 10 September 2018

UK - Phoenix Audio has confirmed Tukans as its UK distributor. Tukans will offer all Phoenix Audio Technologies’ solutions including the Spider series, the Condor Microphone Beamforming Array, and the Stingray DSP Mixer.
“We are very excited to add Phoenix Audio to our portfolio and look forward to working with them to expand their business in the UK. We are seeing an increase in demand for collaboration accessories, that enhance the experience when using PC based conferencing,” comments Yvonne Womersley, managing director at Tukans. “People are looking for professional level audio and video, that offers the true plug-and-play experience for whatever the room size. With the addition of Phoenix, we are confident that we are able to cover a vast majority of all customers unified collaboration and conferencing needs.”
“We are thrilled to further expand our partnership in the UK with Tukans,” adds Jonathan Boaz, Phoenix Audio VP of sales. “Their amazing track record demonstrates an upright commitment to providing their clients with the best audio conferencing products that the market has to offer.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
adam-hallAdam Hall Asia hosts distributor summit
Monday, 10 September 2018

Singapore - Adam Hall Asia hosted an APAC distributor summit at the company's showroom in Singapore on 23-24 August.
Just the second summit of its kind for Adam Hall Asia - a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adam Hall GmbH Germany - the event welcomed more than 20 partner companies from 16 countries, with distributors from Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Republic of Fiji attending for the first time. Members of the product managers and business development teams from Germany, alongside Adam Hall Group COO Markus Jahnel, were also in attendance.
Jahnel comments: “I would like to emphasise how important the partners who attended this meeting are for the international growth and success of the Adam Hall Group."
Chandan Mahtani, managing director of Adam Hall Asia, adds: “The whole meeting was characterised by a fantastic team spirit. It was evident how essential it is to develop the market together with partner participants.”
A particular highlight were the presentations of selected products from the Adam Hall Group portfolio, with participants also learning more about future developments and forecasts.
For LD Systems, the main emphasis was on the current Stinger series and the CURV 500 TS compact touring array system. The series version of the multi design award-winning MAUI P900 column speaker (now available in Asia) was present. The Cameo iDMX CORE facilitates wireless lighting control via iOS and Android devices. Using the Cameo ZENIT B60 B battery-powered PAR spotlight and the Cameo ZENIT W600 washlight, participants were able to

 
srsSRS Group moves into new premises
Friday, 7 September 2018

Slovakia - SRS Group, lighting rigging and power distribution specialist, has recently moved its production and offices into a larger facility.
The new base, in Rybnicna 38/B, 83107 Bratislava, is just across the street from the company’s old location. The larger premises will enable SRS to hold a larger stock of products, have more space for the R&D department, assembly and metal-work production. The building also features its own 600A transformer that gives an opportunity for PDU testing under full load.
SRS Group believes their customers will benefit from this step ahead by having better delivery times, more organised production and even more developed R&D.
Customers are advised that despite the move, SRS Group’s billing address has remained unchanged.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
apartApart holds distributor seminar
Thursday, 6 September 2018

Belgium - Apart held its bi-annual Apart distributor seminar on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August.
Company representatives and distributors gathered in the Felix Pakhuis in Antwerp, with over 100 people from 42 countries worldwide in attendance.
On day one, main topics were future marketing and product plans. Visitors also received a preview of several Apart products yet to be released. A dinner and casino night followed and highlight of the evening was the Apart awards ceremony.
On the second day of the event, the complete distribution team moved to the Central European office in Schoten, Belgium for several break-out groups. The event ended in the typical Apart way being amongst friends / installers with a Belgian style BBQ.
Kris Vermuyten, sales & marketing director, comments: “I am very happy with this fantastic week and experience. The Apart community clearly keeps expanding and it’s amazing to see all our global partners here in our hometown Antwerp. I am proud to be Apart.”
(Jim Evans)

 
russia-Astera appoints distributor for Russia
Thursday, 6 September 2018

Russia - Astera has announced Martin Rus LLC as its new exclusive distributor for Russia.
Martin Rus will be distributing and servicing the German brand’s battery powered entertainment and film lighting, the X-series. The enterprise includes management team, regular stock of different brands in Moscow and the service-centre authorized by international manufacturers.
“We are very happy to start cooperation with Astera and become the first company who will bring these terrific solutions to the Russian market,” comments Mikhail Kuznetsov, CEO of Martin Rus.
“We met at PL+S in Frankfurt this year and have been greatly impressed by Astera products offering so many interesting possibilities. As a company, Astera has already proved to be highly customer-oriented and they have an absolutely correct business approach. They have a very big potential and we are looking forward to developing their business across our territory.”
Martin Rus LLC and Astera will be exhibiting at Prolight and Sound NAMM Russia on booth B27, Hall 4.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
shure-websafeShure strengthens presence in Asia
Thursday, 6 September 2018

India - On 1 August, Shure Incorporated opened a sales and marketing office in Bengaluru.
The new location is expected to strengthen the company’s position in South Asia, where Shure also has offices in Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, and Pakistan. Chicco Hiranandani, country director (pictured), will spearhead the Bengaluru office, with market development manager Devraj Panicker overseeing corporate end-customer engagements, with a focus on Integrated Systems solutions. In the long term, Hiranandani will work closely with channel partners on a growth plan for South Asia.
Mark Humrichouser, vice-president of global sales at Shure, comments: “India has experienced exponential business growth during the past few years and has become a hub for Fortune 500 companies and AV manufacturers alike. The new office presents an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to this lucrative market and better understand the customer, which is imperative for long-term success.”
Hiranandani adds: “By opening the office in Bengaluru we now have a closer presence to our customers and partners. We look forward to building new relationships and nurturing established ones with this important region.”
The opening of new base does not affect Shure’s distribution network and customers are advised to continue purchasing products through established distributors and partners.
(Jim Evans)

 
lfps-somerscourt-before-and-afterLight Fantastic backs supported home charity
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

UK - Over three days in early August, 22 volunteers from event production specialists Light Fantastic Production Services transformed the outdoor space at Somers Court, a supported home in Edgware, North London.
Managed by Norwood, Somers Court provides assisted living to help children and adults maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives.
Taking a break from their ‘day job’ supplying production services and equipment to the event industry, the LFPS team endured the August heatwave plus severe torrential downpours to create a bright and inspiring garden for residents to enjoy. Handling every aspect of design, build and installation, LFPS also covered the full cost of both time and materials to ensure delivery of the completed project.
Inspired and functional, the revamped gardens now include accessible high-level planters, a shaded gazebo area, barbeque, sun loungers, wheelchair friendly gravel paths, sensory rock features plus an attractive entrance archway. The newly created, colourful and tranquil environment is intended to encourage residents to venture outdoors more and enjoy the new space along with friends and family.
Vicky Weir, operational manager-London at Somers Court, Norwood, says: “We can’t thank the Light Fantastic team enough for the garden transformation that they worked tirelessly on for the past three days. They took on a huge challenge as well as battling the Great British weather while maintaining great team spirit! They have created a garden space designed to stimulate and engage all t

 
 
k-array-london-o2-arena2B Heard centralises with HSBC backing
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

UK - Sound system distributor 2B Heard (see company profile in LSi September) has centralised its warehousing and head office at a new site in Shefford, Bedfordshire thanks to a six-figure commercial mortgage from HSBC UK.
The business, which was set up in 2015, is the exclusive distributor in the UK and Ireland for K-Array. The new warehouse and head office has enabled 2B Heard to bring all warehousing facilities in-house and increase its stocking capacity, saving the business eight per cent in yearly spend. 2B Heard previously used a third-party warehouse to stock its products, limiting the company’s ability to grow.
Dave Wooster, director at 2B Heard, comments: “Our new warehouse and expanded range of products will further enhance our growing portfolio of customers, providing them with audio solutions backed by the highest level of technical support. Our HSBC relationship manager, Priyesh Vaghela, has been integral to this expansion, making the process as smooth as possible.”
2B Heard has also secured contracts with mixing console manufacturer Solid State Logic and Astro Spatial Audio.
Andrew Franklin, HSBC UK area director for business bbanking in Bedfordshire, says: “Having only been trading for just three years, 2B Heard has already proven itself in the professional audio market and continues to grow year-on-year. We’re delighted to have been able to support the bu

 
eu-office-3J&C Joel expands operations in Europe
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Europe - J&C Joel has announced an expansion of its operations in Europe, with the opening of a new office in Romania and establishing J&C Joel Europa.
The UK-based company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flame retardant fabrics, drapery and stage engineering solutions and exports to over 80 countries worldwide.
After implementing channel model of dealers and distributors throughout Europe and Russia, the company is looking to further develop its presence across the continent by making this major investment into its infrastructure.
Roland Rizk, J&C Joel’s regional manager for Europe and Russia, comments: “We are very excited to grow the business into Romania and to provide better strategic support for our clients and partners across Europe and Russia. Their efforts and commitment to market and sell our brand have facilitated the establishment of this hub and we are looking forward to proactively growing our mutual business in their domestic markets.”
The company has opened a new 2,000sq.ft purpose-built office in Romania. The new location, which opened in July, is in addition to the firm’s current established offices in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the business’ headquarters in the UK.
The European sales and warehouse facility is based in the country’s capital, Bucharest and will help support the growing market in Europe and Russia ensuring the company can continue to provide its quality products and first-class customer service whilst improving lead times.
The location of the new of

 
 
rcf5453RCF Group acquires EAW from Loud Audio
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Italy/USA - Loud Audio, a Transom Capital Group company, has sold Eastern Acoustics Works (EAW) to Italian pro audio specialist RCF Group.
The deal is said to be the final divestiture by Transom, which will now see Loud focus on its Mackie brand after also parting ways with Martin Audio in July.
Ty Schultz, managing partner at Transom Capital Group, comments: “Simplifying the Loud business to focus on high quality audio delivery from consumers to professionals has always been the focus of our thesis. We are very happy to have found a great new owner for the EAW brand and wish everyone involved much success going forward.”
Alex Nelson, Mackie’s president, adds: “While I have truly enjoyed working with all of the brands in the LOUD legacy, now it’s time for us to turn the page and to be entirely focused on building the Mackie brand. Our companies have long lived in a conglomeration of brands and I believe going forward all the brands are going to benefit from new found focus, alignment and investment.”
Arturo Vicari, CEO of RCF Group, says: “Since their early days, the two companies have been very close with RCF supplying professional drivers to EAW. Both brands successfully expanded around the world and their histories were often linked. Finally, we can look at a bright future together. Even though EAW will remain a totally independent company, being part of our group will provide EAW with the necessary investments and focus for a fast and solid growth. We are very proud to have EAW with us.”
TJ Smith, president of EAW, co

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Voices Off - U2 frontman Bono says he expects to be "back to full voice" for the rest of the band's tour a day after a Berlin show was cancelled over a vocal issue. "I've seen a great doctor," the singer said in a statement, adding that he was "happy and relieved that anything serious has been ruled out".
In his statement on Sunday, the singer said his "relief" at being able to return to performing was "tempered by the knowledge that the Berlin audience were so inconvenienced".
"There was an amazing atmosphere in the house, it was going to be one of those unforgettable nights but not for this reason. We can't wait to get back there on 13 November," the statement added. It was the second night of the European leg of U2's Experience + Innocence tour, which had kicked off at the same venue on Friday night.
Zero Tolerance - Kevin Hart has split opinion as a "zero tolerance" mobile phone ban at his UK gigs left some people out of pocket. Fans were left frustrated with the US comedian's strict policy as some claimed they were removed from the venue for as little as sending a text.
It is not the first time phones have been banned at gigs - but it might be the dawning of a new age of enforcement. Chris Rock fans will recall a similar ban as they were forced to keep their mobile phones in a locked pouch while at his shows last year. But Hart's ban does not include any such technology - instead relying on so-called "cell phone security" to police the venue and enforce the rule. Fans were warned in advance of the ban, which has applied to

 
 
victoria-warehouseVictoria Warehouse and Hawthorn forge partnership
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - Hawthorn has been newly appointed as the in-house technical production partner at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester’s historic landmark venue.
As part of a long-term partnership agreement that started on 1 September 2018, Hawthorn will provide exclusive in-house rigging services and will be the preferred technical production supplier for corporate events across Victoria Warehouse’s diverse event spaces.
Renowned for its highly flexible event spaces with an industrial vibe and situated in the heart of Manchester, Victoria Warehouse offers event spaces for a huge range of corporate events, from conferences and exhibitions, to gala dinners, award ceremonies, brand activations and parties.
James Cohen, owner of Victoria Warehouse, comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Hawthorn to the team. Victoria Warehouse is a unique, iconic and carefully restored industrial venue and with that in mind, it’s vital that we work with a highly knowledgeable and trusted technical partner like Hawthorn who can help enhance our clients’ experience in our event spaces.
“We’re always looking to take what we offer our agency and corporate clients to the next level. With Hawthorn’s impressive track record of building successful partnerships with prestigious venues, alongside their reputation for delivering creative technical solutions for events of all shapes, sizes and budgets, we’re looking forward to what we can achieve together for our clients.”
This new relationship represents an increased presence for Hawthorn in the north, with the tech

 
dave-stevens-and-chris-martellyCrewing company launches
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - Studioforce, a new company specialising in the provision of production and technical freelancers to the film and TV industry, launched on Monday, 3 September.
The London business is spearheaded by former ITV Studios head of scenic and lighting, Dave Stevens. It offers a network of personnel for the broadcast and production sector, including gaffers, lighting electricians, camera operators, scenic supervisors, sound engineers, studio engineers and lighting console operators. Studioforce is also offering a service to facilitate and administer payroll contracts and handle recruitment for any clients who are looking to outsource certain roles, easing the process to make it more time and cost efficient.
Stevens comments: “When the recent changes at ITV Studios were announced [the broadcaster is closing its London studios], I needed to look for a new opportunity. I’ve known the team at Showforce for a long time, having utilised their services for many years.
“Having spent over 30 years working in television, being responsible for a staff of 50 and a further freelance pool of up to 150 people, I have both the knowledge and the contacts to deliver a service that is definitely required in the industry. I’m looking forward to pooling that with a team of people who completely understand how to run a highly efficient crewing company. It’s the perfect combination and I can’t wait to get started.”
Studioforce is backed by global event support firm Showforce. Chris Martelly, who heads up Showforce’s global operations team, will be a dir

 
 
anolis-arkaos-partnership-marco-hinic-and-tim-van-den-eedeAnolis and ArKaos announce partnership
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Europe - Architectural LED lighting manufacturer Anolis and real-time visual processing technology provider ArKaos have announced a collaboration which will see the two brands team up on several product developments.
Anolis’s LED lighting, pixel-based fixtures and other hardware will feature ArKaos’ cloud-based communications protocol An-Ki, which enables remote control of digital content projected on LED mappable surfaces from anywhere in the world.
The deal will also involve “a fluid bi-directional commercial relationship” between the two companies, where ArKaos products will be distributed by Anolis, and Anolis fixtures will share sales resources with ArKaos.
ArKaos’ MD Agnes Wojewoda comments: “This will add huge value to installation designers working in all fields. It offers the possibility of fully flexible and stable control which will be added to future Anolis products, although the protocol will work with any LED fixture.”
She adds: “We are all looking forward to this combination of cutting-edge technologies - we will be able to offer faster, more flexible and even more versatile products and outstanding after-sales and client support.”
Anolis MD, Tim Van den Eede, says: “We are hugely excited to be the first brand to team up with ArKaos on this unique project alliance. As two extremely strong and forward-looking European brands, working together, we can provide cool and comprehensive lighting and media fixture ranges and control solutions at affordable prices.”
He adds: “We and the team at ArKaos

 
hkHK Audio demo theatre opens for business
Monday, 3 September 2018

UK - JHS has reopened the HK Audio Demo Theatre at the company's headquarters in Garforth, Leeds.
The newly refurbished demo theatre is home to the entire HK Audio range of live sound reinforcement systems.
The Demo Theatre is appointed with complete systems, cabling and accessories from the many HK Audio series. Visitors can also benefit from the technical advice of in-house pro audio specialist Chris Walton.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sparq-part-of-logo-cmyk-rich-black-01Saville AV rebrands as Sparq, Visavvi
Monday, 3 September 2018

UK - Technical production event specialist Saville AV has re-branded its conference and live event division to Sparq and its AV/IT wing, to Visavvi. Both brands will sit under Saville Group, the parent organisation.
The move is part of a wider investment strategy to “future-proof the business and ensure it continues to effectively evolve its technical event production service offering for clients in the UK, Europe and the USA”.
Sparq offers a full production service, from creative design and staging to technical crew and kit hire.
Visavvi delivers all aspects of IT/AV project for business customers - from consultation through to design and install and maintenance and support.
Colin Nixey, joint MD of Saville Group, comments: “Saville has been a familiar face in the live events industry for over 40 years. However, we recognised it was time for a change in the way we present ourselves. Live events is one of the most progressive industries out there, and this is what fuelled our desire to develop the brand. Our new identity will not only bring us in line with the changing market but also help us better express our creativity in everything we do.”
Rachel Waterfield, head of sales and marketing, adds: “Sparq is the latest chapter in our illustrious history and the result of many months of listening to the market, our clients and our people here on the ground. This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and Sparq will lay the foundations to ensure we can firmly establish ourselves as the industry’s leading live event production spe

 
josspackdavidmyersproaudioAudio-Technica appoints South African distributor
Monday, 3 September 2018

South Africa - Effective 1 September, Pro Audio has become Audio-Technica’s new consumer and pro audio distributor in South Africa. The company is based on the Linbro Business Park, Frankenwald near Johannesburg and its portfolio also includes Turbosound, TC Electronic, HK Audio and Klark Teknik.
Audio-Technica export sales manager Dre Klaassen comments: “We’re delighted to welcome Pro Audio to the Audio-Technica family. We are very confident that it is the right company to build Audio-Technica’s profile in both the pro and consumer markets in South Africa. The company’s wide experience and drive in distribution is unique in the territory and I very much look forward to working with them in the future.”
Neil Schofield, Audio-Technica’s export sales manager for consumer products adds: “Pro Audio joins as distribution partner at an exciting time, with many new consumer products being released to the EMEA market. I’m looking forward to developing the brand together in South Africa.”
Pro Audio MD David Myers says: “I am extremely excited and proud of Pro Audio’s appointment as distributor for Audio-Technica. As a truly world-renowned brand, it will be a great complement to the current portfolio of brands we provide to the pro and consumer markets. With the addition of Audio-Technica, we can now offer a complete pro solution for installation, touring, retail, MI stores, studio, delegate and solution-based corporate installs. This brand really pushes our company to the next level and will ensure our continued growth and success in

 
 
gamma-illumination-mena-office-dubai-and-arsalan-bari-high-res-august-2018-croppedGamma Illumination opens office in Dubai
Friday, 31 August 2018

UAE - Gamma Illumination, UK based designer and manufacture of low energy lighting solutions, has expanded its operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the opening of its first office in the region and the appointment of Arsalan Bari as vice president.
Gamma Illumination has been active in the MENA region for the past five years. This expansion will enable the company to develop closer relationships with its clients and support the rapidly growing business demands in the region.
“Gamma has already built a reputation for its fusion of high quality and great value, whilst providing industry leading turnaround times and a trusted service to its customers,” says Bari. “I look forward to working with the team to continue to do this throughout the region.”
Cate Hickling, sales director at Gamma Illumination, adds: “These are exciting times at Gamma Illumination and we are delighted to welcome Arsalan on board. Arsalan’s experience, regional knowledge, as well as his connections will enable us to continue to build on our presence within the MENA region.”
(Jim Evans)

 
troxy-x-dice-3London’s Troxy goes mobile to combat touts
Friday, 31 August 2018

UK - Troxy has joined forces with DICE to become a mobile-only, and “now tout-proof venue”.
The move to digital will put fans first by implementing DICE’s mobile-only tickets to stop reselling, as well as selling tickets through the night and allowing refunds up to moments before an event starts.
The secondary ticketing market continues to be a nightmare for music fans, and this partnership ensures that touts are locked out of Troxy for good, says the venue.
Adam Webb, campaign manager for FanFair Alliance, comments: "DICE have been long-time supporters of the FanFair campaign, and this is another welcome step forward to ensure ticket resale works for fans and not touts. Recent legislative and regulatory changes are helping reshape the market, but some of the most exciting developments will involve adoption of new technology that improve the gig-going experience."
Tom Sutton-Roberts, general manager at Troxy, comments: “We may be one of London’s oldest independent venues but we’re proud to say that we’re still standing strong. Teaming up with DICE showcases a new chapter for us. As the world’s biggest mobile-only venue, we’re embracing innovative technology that favours fans and artists to bring spectacular performances to our stage.”
Russ Tannen, UK managing director at DICE, comments: “We have to beat the touts. Troxy joining the DICE family is a big win for fans who won’t be seeing inflated prices at this iconic venue. The team and owners are as passionate about live music as they are about the building, and t

 
 
russiaLinea Research expands into Russia
Friday, 31 August 2018

Russia - Linea Research has announced the expansion of its worldwide distribution network with an appointment in Russia. “It’s been a busy season at Linea Research”, comments Davey Smalley, director of Linea Research, “and as part of our growth strategy we’ve been adding to our already extensive distribution network with the addition of Hi-Tech Media in Russia.”
Founded in Moscow in 2011 Hi-Tech Media has rapidly become one of the leaders in the Russian AV distribution and integration markets.
Andrey Kogtev, head of pro audio at Hi-Tech Media comments, “When we started looking for opportunities to expand our brand portfolio with high power multichannel amplification systems Linea Research was already on our radar. Our team members were familiar with the products and their exceptional performance and there was no doubt this is the brand we should be working with.
“Reliable system architecture, modern connectivity and superior sound quality left no other option for us. Coupled with great flexibility to fit both installation and rental markets these products are sure to be very attractive to our partners - AV-designers, system integrators, installers and rental companies. We are excited to be offering these products to the Russian market.”
(Jim Evans)

 
eaton-zero-88-leisuretec-lighting-basics-training-bas161644305Zero 88 supports Leisuretec’s training
Thursday, 30 August 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 series continues its enthusiastic support for professional lighting, audio and AV distributor Leisuretec’s Introduction to Lighting Basics course, an innovative one-day fly-through of some of the fundamentals of stage, event and venue lighting, devised and presented by their lighting specialist, Andy Friedli.
This is the third of four Lighting Basics sessions being run by Leisuretec throughout 2018. Over 30 customers and interested parties attended over these latest three one-day courses, and Leisuretec has now trained over 170 people via this straightforward, hands-on process, with great results.
Friedli devised and developed the course - initially for Leisuretec staff - three years ago, having joined the Leighton Buzzard based company five years ago. With a background in theatre and a 25-year career that includes working for leading production lighting companies, he’s seen a lot happen in that time - and recognised that a little basic information goes a long way.
It can assist sale teams to better understand the precise needs of their customers, and for those working in other technical departments, it can provide insight into some of the theories behind, and reasons for, making light work.
The first courses proved so popular that Friedli and his colleagues at Leisuretec decided to open the training to their customers - specifically systems integrators and venue or event production staff and crew who may be involved in the peripheries of lighting, and who can benefit massively from a little bit o

 
 
ESTA posts four documents for public review
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

USA - Four documents have been posted for public review on the ESTA website.
BSR E1.29 - 2009 (R2014), Product Safety Standard for Theatrical Fog Generators that Create Aerosols of Water, Aqueous Solutions of Glycol or Glycerin, or Aerosols of Highly Refined Alkane Mineral Oil
This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. It's intended to help guide product safety testing laboratories in evaluating fog-making equipment for design or construction defects that might create unacceptable hazards. It is based on UL 998 - 2006, Humidifiers, with modifications. Products covered are theatrical fog generators intended for use in professional theatrical entertainment, film and video production, theme parks, and fire safety training.
BSR E1.62, Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events
The standard covers mass-produced portable platforms, stair units and ramps used with those platforms, and choral risers, designed to be used for the presentation of music concerts, dramatic plays, fashion shows, and other entertainment and special events.
BSR E1.5 - 2009 (R2014), Theatrical Fog Made with Aqueous Solutions of Di- and Trihydric Alcohols
This standard is being considered for reaffirmation. This standard describes the composition of theatrical fogs or artificial mists that are not likely to be harmful to healthy performers, technicians, or audience members of normal working age.
Those three standards are in public review until 24 Septe

 
frontpagePascal unveils redesigned website
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Denmark - Supplier of pro audio amplifier electronics Pascal has unveiled a redesigned website that represents “a major upgrade of the look, functionality and content of its online presence”.
A new design aesthetic is allied to enhanced functionality, providing for improved navigation of a greater breadth and depth of content. Much of that content has been revised and repurposed, to provide the company’s roster of leading pro audio industry clients with better tools to match their development projects with Pascal’s expanding range of ultra-compact, high performance amplifier modules.
In addition to essential technical references, the website provides extensive background and insights into the origins, growth, and organisational values of a company that, in just over 10 years, has risen to be among the top 0.07% highest performing companies in Denmark, the world’s seventh most productive economy.
Peter Frentz, VP of business development, comments: “There were a number of drivers determining the redesign of our website. Principal among these was the growing demand for increased guidance for our clients, in optimally matching our solutions with their development projects, and an expanding range of amplifier modules, for an ever-wider range of design applications."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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