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amnon-harmand&b Greater China venture takes off
Thursday, 14 March 2019

China - Alongside Chinese New Year, the legal formalities associated with the establishment of the new d&b audiotechnik subsidiary in Greater China were completed.
On 31 January 2019, 44 co-workers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai officially joined the newly established d&b audiotechnik Greater China Group. The three-member advisory board has also been completed. Daniel Chan, managing director (CEO) of d&b audiotechnik Greater China Ltd. says: "As the setup has been completed officially, we are all pleased to be able to support the d&b Greater China partners and customers even better in their quest for best professional audio solutions."
d&b Greater China, the ninth subsidiary in the global d&b family, has been active in the market since 6 December 2018. The co-workers and management of the new venture are already well versed in the d&b brand and portfolio as they join d&b from the previous d&b distributor in China. The new organisation is responsible for sales, marketing tasks, service and support for customers and sales partners in Greater China.
d&b audiotechnik holds the majority interest in the new venture in Greater China. Daniel Chan and his long-time partner Freddie To – previously the heads of the d&b distributor in China - are co-owners.
An advisory board will support the Greater China management team on issues of strategic importance and assist in fulfilling the team’s mission and goals. The board members are Amnon Harman (CEO of d&b audiotechnik Group), Freddie To an

wider-proPoint Source Audio launches Wider Pro
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

USA - Yvonne Ho and James Lamb, longtime partners in Point Source Audio, have announced the formation of Wider Pro, a new company to support their distributed lines that serve the broadcast industry. Based in Petaluma, California, Wider Pro will be the company to represent North American distribution of Digigram, AuviTran and other brands to be announced.
Point Source Audio will continue to handle all facets - manufacturing, distribution, sales, marketing as well as service - of its microphone and headset products for all markets including the broadcast sector.
Point Source president James Lamb comments, “I have worked with the teams at both Digigram and AuviTran for almost two decades, and with the pending announcements of new products from both companies, we will be equipped to move into the next phase of growth under the Wider Pro company.”
Yvonne Ho adds, “Taking care of our customers will always be our first priority, and so we have been and will continue to add highly customer-service minded sales and marketing members to both the Point Source and Wider companies.”
Point Source Audio and Wider Pro will be exhibiting at upcoming broadcast industry events including the NRB Convention in Anaheim, and the NAB Convention in Las Vegas.
(Jim Evans)

bikefestSaddle up for Bike-Fest 2019
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

UK - Backup’s first event of 2019, the inaugural Bike-Fest takes place 18 May, a day of two-wheeled action and fun for all levels of rider to raise funds for the industry charity.
For the more hardened cyclists, including the lycra-loving ‘Mamil’ (Middle aged man in lycra), there is a glorious 100km ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside, which will take in much of the famed Olympic and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 route, including Leith Hill, the highest point in Surrey, and the famous Box Hill Zig Zag.
Whether you’re riding as an individual, with friends or as a company Peloton, this will be a great day out to sport your finest padded shorts, have an excuse to shave those legs and pack as many bananas in your cycling top as possible.
For the less lycra inclined, there is also a 50km route, again taking in much of the lovely Surrey countryside, but also a number of isotonic watering holes en-route for you to recharge your batteries.
The day starts and finishes at Creative Technology’s Sussex HQ who are handing over the keys to their offices and generously supporting the first bikefest. Here you will be given your route and meet the other riders. Then, catering partners the Global Infusion Group will fill you with bacon sandwiches before you leave and upon your triumphant return, fill you up with more food & drinks, then onto the prizes and the winner of celebrated backup winner’s ‘yellow’ jersey!
Everyone is welcome for what is set to be a great day for the enthusiast and leisure cyclist alike and for ev

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Rising Prices - Members of the House of Lords have expressed concern over the rising cost of West End theatre tickets and called on the government to investigate. Peers debated the issue in the House of Lords after the latest ticketing survey found the cost of top-price seats increased by nearly a fifth between 2017 and 2018.
Liberal democrat peer Patrick Boyle, who tabled the debate, asked the government to address the cost of theatre tickets in London and the effect this has on theatregoers. “The main beneficiaries of these higher prices are not so much the producers of the plays and musicals, but rather those who control access to theatres: the theatre owners, the ticket sellers and the discredited secondary ticket market.
“London theatres are already becoming too expensive for many regular theatregoers and I hope the government will take this issue very seriously. As we all know, one of the many reasons that people come to London is its theatres, but they are gradually becoming too expensive for anyone to be able to attend major plays.”
In The Saleroom - A demo recording of David Bowie's hit Starman will be auctioned today, Tuesday. The recording was made in 1971 by Bowie and his guitarist Mick Ronson. It was given by Ronson to Kevin Hutchinson, one of Ronson's friends who hoped to get into the music business. Hutchinson, who was a teenager at the time, said he had thought the recording was "OK" but that, having listened to it almost 50 years later, he had realised it was "phenomenal". He said: "Now I'm 65 and I played it, I

chris-lavelle-avixaAVIXA reaches certification milestone
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Europe - AVIXA reports that there are now 1,000 AV professionals with a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification in Europe.
“This marks a significant milestone in AVIXA’s development in the European market,” said Chris Lavelle, senior director of development Europe, AVIXA. “The AV market is flourishing in the region, and we are thrilled that many industry members are committing to professional development. CTS holders across Europe are reaping the benefits of their hard work, with the programme allowing dedicated AV professionals to stand out from the crowd and prove their expertise.
“We would like to congratulate all our CTS holders for achieving this hard-earned credential, and we look forward to seeing them utilize their knowledge to deliver outstanding integrated experiences.”
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoGreen Hippo Week at Backstage Academy
Tuesday, 12 March 2019

UK - Green Hippo has been visiting Backstage Academy and providing Hippotizer training for a number of years now, during which time it’s seen the education facility grow from strength to strength.
Therefore, when the Academy decided to hold a dedicated Green Hippo Week recently, in which 10 first year students and six second year students participated, the manufacturer provided maximum support by sending senior product specialist, Lanz Short, along for the duration.
Under the tutelage of him, and Backstage Academy’s course leader in Live Visual Design & Production, Graham Thorne, the students were tasked with producing a project - a show, performance or event - resourced with all the ingredients that they might have expected in a Masterchef kitchen.
These ranged from Notch, Maya and Isadora software platforms, while in the hardware domain Hippotizers, Avo lighting controllers, MIDI controllers, Blackmagic 3-camera set-up (for recording and live streaming) even Kinect sensors were all on offer to enhance the experience.
Explaining the programme, Graham Thorne said the experience was largely classroom based and project focused. “We put the students in Studio C, gave them an overview, along with three options and then just said ‘go’. We wanted to be able to see their process and encouraged them to make mistakes; for instance, some were plugging in lights before creating a mood board.
“At the same time I wanted to invite a rep from Green Hippo for two days but in the end we were privileged to have Lanz for the entire

harmanaudiolightingeventHarman showcase set for Islington
Monday, 11 March 2019

UK - Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology is bringing the company’s latest performance audio and lighting products at a showcase on 27 March (Wednesday) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
The event is aimed at venue operators, rental and production companies, engineers and designers.
Delegates can hear the new JBL VTX A8 Series line array system, which has been installed by the host venue. The demos are taking place at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, those interested in lighting can attend the Martin by Harman showcases at 11am and 3pm, which will feature the new ERA 300 Profile (modern day LED successor to the much-loved MAC 250), the now-shipping ELP Series LED Ellipsoidal fixtures, the MAC Allure Profile creative fixture with P3 technology, plus the award-winning MAC Encore Wash, MAC Encore Performance and JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
In addition, the latest models in the RUSH range including the MH10, MH11 and Batten 1 Hex will also be on show.
(Jim Evans)

nealprestonsNeal Preston’s picture sales benefit BTS
Monday, 11 March 2019

USA - The work of rock‘n’roll photographer and author Neal Preston is coming to the USITT show, taking place on 21-23 March at the Kentucky International Convention Centre in Louisville, KY courtesy of The Lightpower Collection.
Preston’s pictures will be displayed in the Behind the Scenes stand #1253 and his books Exhilarated & Exhausted and In the Eye of the Hurricane will be available for sale. Posters, including his famous images of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant, will also be available for just $10 each. Sales of books, posters and prints will benefit the Behind the Scenes charity.
The photographer will be present in the Behind the Scenes booth to sign books and posters on Thursday and Friday from 12-1pm and 4-5pm.
Preseton’s client list is a virtual who’s-who of rock royalty and his archive is regarded as one of the music industry’s most extensive and significant photo collections. Rock fans know him best as the photographer who has toured with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Lightpower was founded in 1978 in Germany as a lighting rental company. Since then Lightpower has grown to be an internationally established distributor for stage and studio lighting equipment. The Lightpower Collection was born out of a company culture that has grown over several years with a passion for collecting rock’n’roll art.
(Jim Evans)

eatonEaton to spin off its lighting business
Monday, 11 March 2019

UK - Eaton has announced it will pursue a spin-off of its lighting business in order to create an independent, publicly traded company.
The transaction is set to complete by the end of 2019 and would create one of the largest global lighting companies.
Included in the spin-off are UK brands Zero 88, iLight and Greengate as well as Eaton’s global airport lighting business and mains lighting and intrusion systems operations. The Crouse-Hinds Industrial Lighting business and Life Safety Division’s emergency lighting product lines in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will remain with Eaton.
According to Eaton Lighting Systems MD Simon Sparrow, the move “better positions the lighting business to respond to evolving industry and customer needs; enables Lighting to compete more effectively across its diverse end-markets; and enhances Eaton’s ability to focus investments in its core businesses.”
Over the next few months, Eaton will be working to finalise the transaction and ensure a smooth transition for its employees, customers and business partners, but the company assures it will be “business as usual” for all in the meantime.
Eaton says customers can contact their sales representative with any questions related to this announcement or any on-going business relationships.
(Jim Evans)

astera-flare-ligghting-investsFlare boosts Astera inventory
Friday, 8 March 2019

UK - Flare is a busy and successful UK-based event lighting, visuals and technical specialist which was established by designers Ben Cash and David Amos in 2008. The company has invested heavily in Astera’s battery powered wireless LED products in the last 18 months and has over 100 x AX3 LiteDrops in stock which are used in a multiplicity of ways on most of their projects.
Ben Cash explained that they originally started looking at the very compact AX3s to use as table centres - covered by an opaque dome - for the assorted corporate and gala dinner events that they supply. This is an application for which they needed a great looking, reliable and long-lasting LED product that was battery powered and could be easily wirelessly operated. The AX3s proved a perfect solution.
Ben and the team also soon discovered that the AX3s could be used elsewhere at events and gigs, for all kinds of set and environmental dressing, highlighting and texturing.
Flare frequently work - drawing and programming - with lighting designer Rob Sinclair (Kylie Minogue, Kygo, Clean Bandit, David Byrne, and many more), and in summer 2017 they re-lit a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic Starlight Express in Bochem, Germany, using some AX3s ensconced in the set. “They are great even in certain typically theatrical contexts” commented Rob.
He’s also used them as band footlights on high-profile charity fundraisers at venues like London’s Roundhouse, which have featured performances by a succession of famous artists, and he’s also used them for ligh

pliantbannerPliant Technologies names Swedish distributor
Friday, 8 March 2019

Sweden - Professional intercom solutions supplier Pliant Technologies has appointed Visono Media AB as its new distributor in Sweden.
Visono Media, a dealer and distributor of popular professional audio products, serves customers within a range of industries, including broadcasters, rental companies, theatres and sound production facilities for TV and film.
“We have more than 20 years of experience working with traditional intercoms and Pliant Technologies’ CrewCom is a groundbreaking intercom system with its advanced RF and networking capabilities,” says Jan Westling, co-founder of Visono Media AB. “CrewCom’s increased coverage and flexibility are main selling points for our customers. CrewCom is extremely intuitive and easy to use, which helps productions of any size adapt to changing user counts and personnel.”
Visono Media represents various pro audio companies including, Sound Devices, Schoeps, Ambient, Comrex, K-Tek, Lectrosonics, Sonifex, and Studio Technologies.
“We are happy to have Visono Media represent our company and products in Sweden,” says Gary Rosen, vice president of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “They have an extensive portfolio and are very knowledgeable about the audio industry. It is important for us to establish relationships with distributors that appreciate our products. Visono Media will be an integral part of Pliant Technologies’ growth in the region.”
(Jim Evans)

BECTU launches working standards campaign
Friday, 8 March 2019

UK - BECTU, the media and entertainment union, has launched a comprehensive set of standards for the live events industry to fight for better working conditions for its members in the sector.
The campaign comes as more than three quarters (76%) of BECTU members in the live events sector felt pay in the sector needed to be improved by setting minimum rates. A further two thirds (69%) of respondents named long hours as their biggest concern in their roles, followed by almost half (46%) reporting lack of crew welfare facilities and one in three (30%) expressing concern over health and safety.
Workers - often freelancers - who undertake contracts at entertainment events, festivals and conferences as lighting technicians, sound engineers and live events crew have reported widespread mistreatment including long hours, no breaks, bullying and harassment, says the union.
BECTU plans to directly address this in its set of standards for the industry, which also covers health and safety, diversity, inclusion and provision of appropriate facilities based on the Equality Act’s protected characteristics.
The union is calling for a change in industry culture that can leave so many workers feeling isolated and unable to feel empowered to tackle issues for fear of losing work.
BECTU will be seeking employer support for the standards, which have been based on a charter already in circulation by its reps in negotiations, however this is the first industry-wide campaign launched to generate wider public awareness and galvanize supporters.

prg-kkAyrton appoints new distributor for Japan
Friday, 8 March 2019

Japan - French LED lighting manufacturer Ayrton has appointed PRG K.K. as its exclusive distributor for Japan.
A subsidiary of Production Resource Group (PRG), PRG K.K. is a leading production service provider for the entertainment industry. Its core markets include concert tours, theatre, TV, theme parks, commercial and education facilities, whilst among its clients are event organisers, promoters, and TV and theatre producers.
Jerad Garza, international sales for Ayrton, comments: “We are delighted to welcome PRG K.K. as our new partner in Japan. Their energy and approach to the market combined with their customer focus and Ayrton’s philosophy of ‘Smaller, Lighter and Brighter’ is a great fit, and we cannot wait to see positive things happening.”
PRG K.K.’s Yuji Tanaka adds: “We chose to become an Ayrton distributor because their renewed focus on an innovative, lightweight and quality product line is an excellent fit for the Japanese marketplace.
“Ayrton already has a well-established reputation for its effects lighting fixtures. We aim to develop that perception further in the Japanese market so the Ayrton brand becomes synonymous with high quality, high performance moving lights. New fixtures such as Ghibli, Khamsin, Bora, Mistral, and now Diablo and Levante, will be readily available and fully supported for our customers.”
John Swain, PRG’s CEO of Asia and Australia, concludes: “PRG is very excited to be a part of this next level in our relationship with Ayrton. We recognised the innovative solutions that Ayrt

l8-softwareL8 launches 2019 design challenge
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

World - L8 LLC (formerly LightConverse) has launched its 2019 show design competition, the L8 Challenge.
The contest requires designers to use L8's previs software, a free version of which has been made available from 1 March via the L8 website. Prizes include licenses of the L8 software suites: Unlimited, Trace, Media and Net.
L8 will announce the winners of the challenge on Thursday, 4 April at L8's stand B58 in hall 12.1 at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Dmitriy Giventar, the creator of the L8 software, comments: “This year’s challenge is for everyone. On March 1, we will publish a special version on the website which is equal to the NET license of the L8 software, but works for a month free of charge ,so anyone can create a project up to 512 fixtures using Art-Net or sACN for a patch.”

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Catastrophic - Equity, the UK trade union for creative practitioners, has written an open letter to MPs urging them to prevent a no-deal Brexit, warning that leaving the EU with no agreement would be “catastrophic” for the entertainment industry. It states that no deal is “simply unconscionable” and “must be prevented at all costs”.
The letter is signed by Christine Payne, general secretary of Equity, and is jointly written by other unions. It reads: “The political chaos of the last few years has led us to the brink of a no-deal Brexit that would have a catastrophic impact on our economy and society. The information we hear from our members in industries affected by Brexit makes it clear that no deal is simply unconscionable and must be prevented at all costs.”
Harnessing Technology - Music teaching could be left behind in an outdated acoustic age if it does not keep up with technology, a report says. Too much music education does not reflect the reality of how young people engage with music, according to the inquiry from the Music Commission. It says there is a risk this "disconnect" means current teaching methods may become outdated. It argues technology could help stop music from disappearing from schools.
The commission, led by key figures in contemporary music and set up by the Arts Council England and the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music, says technology is rapidly evolving. From apps that allow users to compose digital music on smart phones to 'teach yourself the guitar' YouTube videos, the opportunities

stageelectricsStage Electrics to distribute Admiral Staging
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has been appointed as the UK distributor for Admiral Staging Products.
Based in the Netherlands, Admiral has been offering staging essentials globally since 1986. Its product range includes stage and rigging accessories, truss transportation devices, clamps and couplers, along with cables and connectors.
The Stage Electrics sales teams have undergone product training from Admiral, enabling them to offer the best solutions to meet the clients’ needs.
“We have decided to stock Admiral as their equipment fits into our inventory perfectly” comments Anna Western, sales director of Stage Electrics. “Admiral’s wide range of clever solutions is now available to our customers. With over £30,000 of stock on the shelf, and having received fantastic responses from our client base, we are looking forward to working alongside Admiral and building a fruitful relationship together.”
(Jim Evans)

power-logisticsRealtime power monitoring from Power Logistics
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UK - Power Logistics has vowed to provide power monitoring equipment and post-show energy breakdown reports to all of its 2019 projects as part of a sustainability initiative.
The monitoring will provide clients with realtime data on energy consumption and help drive power and fuel efficiencies, acting to minimise carbon footprint at live events.
Monitoring will be ‘live’ during events, with adjustments made where necessary. Once the event comes to an end, the data collected will be used to produce a report that will provide event organisers with a breakdown of the energy usage.
Mike Whitehouse, Power Logistics’ managing director explains: “Offering an effective power monitoring solution to clients has been a key objective for the last few years. Having realtime information on energy usage across all areas of an event site is a powerful tool for event organisers. Until now, this has been something that we’ve only carried out on a limited scale and we’ve been able to provide clients and projects with detailed information about energy consumption for main stages, catering concessions and attractions.”
To spearhead the project, Dafydd Hirst is joining Power Logistics’ research and development team as a support engineer. He will head up the team and travel to event sites during 2019, installing the power monitoring equipment.
Whitehouse adds: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have Dafydd onboard to oversee the implementation of our power monitoring scheme. His experience in event-based technology is well documented and being

sparqSparq invests further in KV2 Audio
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UK - Sparq, the technical event production arm of the Saville Group, has underlined its longstanding relationship with KV2 Audio with an investment in 30 new units from the ESD and EX ranges. As an early adopter, the company has made regular additions to its KV2 rental stock since purchasing one of the very first ES systems 17 years ago.
Destined for their Coventry, Leeds and Manchester branches, the recent delivery takes Sparq’s overall hire inventory to a total of 80 KV2 passive ESD Series units (ESD 5,6,36,10 and EMS 26) and 60 KV2 active EX Series cabinets (EX 6, 10, 26, and EX 1.2). This is in addition to the original ES system that remains fully operational.
“In an ever-changing market with manufacturers coming and going, and the latest trends and re-inventions being touted as the next best thing, such loyalty to a brand shows how KV2’s unchanging and uncompromised approach to delivering the original source in its truest detail is hard to better,” remarks KV2’s UK sales manager, Tom Weldon. “The unrivalled clarity, definition and output from such compact footprints mean that Sparq can set up great sounding events without needing vast quantities of loudspeakers, a key factor in the aesthetically sensitive nature of Sparq’s work.”
Sparq’s technical support manager, Andrew Ellerby adds: “We have worked with KV2 Audio since the company established its UK distribution base 17 years ago, and this latest investment has seen us add a further 30 units to our rental stock. The combination of quality sound, reliable performance and

stagetec-australiaDirectOut and tm stagetec partner
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Australia - DirectOut is establishing a cooperation with tm stagetec systems as their new distributor. The two companies will be offering the entire DirectOut product portfolio to the Australian market.
Based in Sydney, tm stagetec systems specialises in high-end audio, video, PA and intercom solutions for institutions and enterprises and is also invested in product research, development and manufacturing.
Treva Head, managing director of tm stagetec systems, comments: “DirectOut is a perfect fit for us. Both the philosophy of the products and the diverse range they cover will help tm stagetec systems better serve our customers in both broadcast and pro audio markets. With the suite of audio over IP solutions and the intuitive globcon software, DirectOut provides tools to solve many customers’ problems. We are excited to represent DirectOut and further build their reputation here.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: "We are fully convinced that tm stagetec systems is the perfect distribution partner for us in Australia. They have a strong relation to and therefor understanding of the industry of our roots, the broadcast. At the same time, they are a well-established distributor in the live and installation market. With their outstanding experience and our range of products we will be able to offer highly professional solutions to the Australian market."
(Jim Evans)

gdsGDS in Korean future trade initiative
Tuesday, 5 March 2019

UK - LED manufacturer Global Design Solutions (GDS) has met with Korean Gyeonggi province delegates to sign a memorandum of understanding for the investment of $2m into South Korea.
The agreement will see GDS, which has offices in Korea’s Gyeonggi province, make a ‘significant investment’ into the Asian country. A hundred jobs in both Bristol and Korea will also be created as a result of the signing over the next five years.
The event took place at Bristol’s Leigh Court and was joined by UK international trade secretary Liam Fox and South Korea’s assistant governor for economy and labour in Gyeonggi province, Shin Whoan Park.
Park comments: “This collaboration between GDS and Gyeonggi will serve as a chance to jointly advance into the Asian and European market. I believe this investment will become good practice of global cooperation at both the country and business level.”
GDS CEO, Richard Cuthbert, adds: “I am very much looking forward to working with the team to nurture and grow the GDS group for the benefit of UK trade and manufacturing as well as growing the South Korean economy.”
Fox concludes: “Supporting UK companies to invest in overseas markets is a core component of what my international economic department does and it has real benefits for people here at home in the UK. GDS’ investment in South Korea is the perfect example of this, helping them to achieve year on year growth of 30% and creating new jobs for people in the South West.”
Since 2017, the GDS

adamsonAdamson adds Hungarian E-Series partner
Monday, 4 March 2019

Hungary - Having earned a reputation as one of Hungary’s top production technologies and event services companies, Budapest-based firm For Event Kft. has bolstered its audio inventory with a sizeable investment in E-Series and S-Series loudspeakers from Adamson Systems Engineering as it expands into neighbouring countries.
“We’ve been following Adamson very closely since they first launched the E-Series and were very impressed with what we were seeing and, more importantly, hearing,” says Gábor Glatz, founder of For Event. “The Adamson name carries a lot of clout in Europe, and the E-Series makes it very clear why. This is a great-sounding audio system endorsed by some of the best and busiest engineers in the business, and we’re proud to join the Adamson Network as we continue our push into new markets.”
Founded over 20 years ago by Glatz, drummer for funk outfit Back II Black, For Event Kft. (originally Back II Black Stage System) has grown to become one of Hungary’s largest turnkey event companies, offering audio, video, lighting, and staging solutions in addition to design and decoration services for a myriad of applications.
For Event’s already extensive inventory now includes 30 Adamson’s flagship E15 three-way, true line source enclosures and 48 E119 subwoofers, plus 24 S10 compact two-way, full-range enclosures and 8 S119 subs. Both systems are driven by a suite of turnkey E-Racks. The entire package was sourced through AVL Trade, Adamson’s longtime Hungarian distributor.
Working together, For Event and AVL Trade

royal-visitPrincess Alexandra opens new Central studios
Monday, 4 March 2019

UK - On 27 February, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama was visited by its Royal Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra. The visit marked the official opening of the School’s new North Block building and provided the Princess with an opportunity to meet staff and students and observe a variety of student work.
Princess Alexandra was greeted by Central’s president and alumnus Michael Grandage, together with the chair of its governing body, John Willis, and its principal, Professor Gavin Henderson. She was then escorted on a tour of the new facilities where she observed classes from the School’s drama, applied theatre and education and movement: directing and teaching courses.
The Princess and guests at the opening event were entertained by performances from the acting musical theatre course’s production of The Life, MA Music Theatre course’s production of The Tunnel, and a short, critically-acclaimed film from the MA Acting for Stage and Screen course.
Following the tour, Princess Alexandra met with staff and student representatives, members of the design and project teams for the new building and friends and supporters of the school at a private reception held in the new Courtyard Theatre. She was presented with flowers by Student Union president Holly Barraclough on behalf of the student body before unveiling a brass plaque commemorating her visit and the building’s official opening.
The North Block building, designed by an award-winning team at Tim Ronalds Architects, has provided Central with a major increase in

lagearhouseGearhouse extends L-Acoustics inventory
Monday, 4 March 2019

South Africa - Live events supplier Gearhouse has invested in additional K2 and KS28 L-Acoustics cabinets, 36 LA12x amplified controllers in LA-RAKII and eight P1 AVB audio processors, making it the largest L-Acoustics certified provider in South Africa and boosting its ability to service even the most ambitious national events.
This investment also makes Gearhouse the first company on the continent to meet the new KX Standard for its large format systems. In December, this new capability was put into service at the massive Global Citizen Festival in the 90,000 capacity FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
Gearhouse South Africa has been growing rapidly for a number of years, taking an increasingly dominant role in major South African live events. The Global Citizen Festival is part of the Global Citizen organization which aims to end extreme poverty, and Gearhouse’s participation in the event marked a significant shift for the company. Gearhouse took on overall management of the audio side, including liaising with artist management for a raft of mostly local talent supporting some of the world’s biggest acts, including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran, and Pharrell Williams.
The Global Citizen Festival made full use of Gearhouse’s additional inventory, as delay tower deployment had to be limited to protect the irrigation and drainage systems under the FNB stadium’s playing surface. Gearhouse head of audio, Lewellyn Reinecke explains: "We would really prefer to have four delay towers but, because of the restrictions, it's two hangs plus one on a V tower.

ofcom2Limited time left to register for PMSE 700MHz clearance Ofcom funding scheme
Friday, 1 March 2019

UK - With the UK Government intending to clear the 700MHz band by 1 May 2020, the registration phase of Ofcom’s 700MHz Clearance Compensation Scheme has opened for a limited time. To take advantage of the scheme, affected parties (including wireless microphone and IEM users) must register themselves and their equipment before 26 April 2019.
A statement from Ranelagh Political Communications reads: “If you held a licence for spectrum in 700MHz between 17 October 2014 and 23 August 2018 you will have received a letter containing a link and unique login code to access the website. This letter is important, but may not have gone to your technical or purchase departments, so you need to track it down. If you do not think you received the letter, but believe you are still eligible, you can call their dedicated help line on 0121 415 0283.
“The online system is easy to follow: you need to fill in details about your company, your preferred point of contact, and the details of all the equipment you are surrendering.”
Those affected need to nominate when they will surrender their equipment between July 2019 and May 2020. “Depending on when you surrender your equipment, you may receive more than the 60% value shown on the rate card,” says Ranelagh. “This is because compensation has been calculated on the loss of usable service life, so if you choose to surrender it early you have lost more life, and therefore get a slightl


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