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plasaPLASA reveals Members' Day details
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

UK - PLASA has announced it’s hosting its Annual General Meeting and Members' Day on 1 May at the Royal College of Physicians in London.
The daytime event enables PLASA members to network and soak up the latest industry developments.
Roger Martin-Fagg, an economist and business strategist, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker. He will discuss Brexit and its potential impact on businesses in the UK and abroad.
PLASA members from an array of sectors and special interest groups will also be speaking at the event, whilst attendees will see presentations on the Association’s recent activities. There will also be Q&A opportunities with the PLASA executive staff and board.
The location
The 2019 Members’ Day is again taking place at the Royal College of Physicians near Regent’s Park. A lunch will be served and refreshments provided throughout the day.
Peter Heath, PLASA MD, comments: “We are looking forward to returning to the Royal College of Physicians for another year, where our members, both new and old, can come together, strike up relationships and strengthen the resolve of our industry.
“With tickets selling fast, we expect to welcome even more members than last year, so why not join us as we build on the success of last year.”
Tickets
Subject to availability, Early Bird tickets are £30 (plus VAT). Once they’re gone, the price increases to £45 (plus VAT). Book your ticket via pla

plugfest2019-mainPlugFest 2019 is underway
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

France - PlugFest, the annual event for lighting protocol interoperability, commenced today (Tuesday, 26 February) in Lille, with a public Ecodesign update scheduled for this Thursday.
Taking place 26-28 February at Hôtel ibis Lille Centre Gares, PlugFest welcomed lighting developers and manufacturers from across Europe, including representatives from Artistic Licence, Chauvet Professional, ChamSys, Claypaky, ETC, GLP, Robert Juliat, Swisson and TMB.
The programme is focusing on the latest protocols and standards from ESTA and ANSI, with an array of break-out sessions discussing protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN and LLRP.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s Membership, Skills and Technical director, comments: “We are delighted to present PlugFest 2019, alongside expert hosts Hamish Dumbreck of JESE Ltd, Peter Willis of Howard Eaton Lighting and Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence. The event is a hive of activity, with lighting professionals busy cross-testing their products with each other and learning about the very latest protocols. The team and I are looking forward to three productive and enjoyable days here in Lille.”
Ecodesign
In a public session on Thursday, 28 February, ETC’s Adam Bennette, who represented PLASA during last year’s Ecodesign consultations with the EU, will offer insight into how the legislation is affecting the entertainment lighting industry. This session will be open even to those who don’t have a PlugFest pass - find out

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Immersive Theatre - Further details have been revealed for a multi-million pound immersive theatre venue in London’s West End, which will be spread across seven buildings and 200 different rooms. Located in a former club and office block on Oxford Street, Space 18 will open on 13 April with immersive survival experience Variant 31.
The producers behind it - Dalton Dale, producing artistic director of Big Dreamer Productions, and Stephen McGill for McGill Productions - have revealed more plans for the venue. According to Dale, Space 18 will include five bars and a nightclub and has a maximum capacity of 1,500 audience members.
The project, which costs £2.5m, will become London’s first purpose-built immersive theatre complex. Last year, plans for another purpose-built immersive theatre, in Elephant and Castle, fell through, meaning when Space 18 opens in April it will be the first venue created in the capital specifically to stage immersive productions.
Manchester Date - Ariana Grande is to play in Manchester for the first time since 2017 when she headlines Manchester Pride in August. Twenty-two people died in a suicide attack outside her show at Manchester Arena in May 2017. The US pop star will return to the city to headline the LGBT+ event at a new 9,000-capacity outdoor venue at an old railway depot on Sunday 25 August.
The singer is currently at both number one and two in the UK singles chart and also has the number one album. She had previously said she would play a "a special show" in Manchester as part of her forthco

 
vectorworks-2019-inviteVectorworks training in Johannesburg
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

South Africa - Vectorworks training, presented by Francois van der Merwe, will be hosted in March at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Delegates can choose to attend the basic, intermediate or advanced training session while some individuals may prefer to be at all three.
The basic course, priced at R750, is held on 25 March and will cover fundamentals, layouts, palettes, basic tools, classes and layers.
The intermediate course, held from 26-27 March, will focus on preferences, basic Spolight, basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 600.
The advanced training, held from 28-29 March, will cover working planes, advanced modelling and advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 600.
Delegates are requested to supply their own desktop or laptop with Vectorworks installed and a valid ID.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
clf-hvrCLF Aorun for HVR Show Equipment
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Netherlands - Full service rental company HVR Show Equipment has expanded its rental stock with 66 CLF Aorun beam fixtures as it prepares for the upcoming festival season.
Dennis Sommerdijk, co-owner of HVR Show Equipment comments: “Especially for festivals and dance events we were looking for a large quantity of powerful beams. In addition, we received a lot of requests for the Aorun specifically. They are mentioned in a lot of riders and designs in the nearby future.
“Based on a number of productions in the past year, we know that the Aorun excels in light output. Furthermore, the movement and effect speed is outstanding. Our entire team was therefore quickly convinced; we had to get the Aorun.”
After delivery, all Aoruns were deployed immediately in the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome for the Charly Lownoise and Mental Theo anniversary show.
HVR Show Equipment was founded in 1999 and has 20 employees. Besides the Aorun, its rental inventory also holds a significant amount of CLF Yara and Ares fixtures.
(Jim Evans)

 
unilumin-stock-image-from-matrixUnilumin establishes stock centre in Poland
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Poland/UK - LED display manufacturer Unilumin has announced a new stock centre relationship with Poland’s Visualsupport to service the Eastern Europe AV market. Kraków-based Visualsupport will now hold increased Unilumin stock, supplying equipment and support for corporate events, festivals, exhibitions and concerts.
The Eastern Europe stock centre operator Visualsupport boasts an experienced team of producers and multimedia technicians and supplies a range of leading technology solutions. With the agreement, Visualsupport now stocks over 500m² of the Unilumin UpdadIII 2.6 LED panel, which benefits from a modular design and quick assembly.
"The Unilumin Upad III P2.6 is well designed and very reliable product that Visualsupport has been using for over three years for a range of projects,” comments Michał Płocienniak, CEO of Visualsupport. “We are delighted to work closely with Unilumin as its Eastern Europe stock centre operator. Alongside Unilumin, Visualsupport can now provide access to local stock, quality service and quick delivery to customers in Eastern Europe.”
Located in Kraków, Visualsupport is now able to supply large quantities of Unilumin stock for projects in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and beyond. This local availability dramatically reduces shipping time, as previously equipment was shipped directly from Unilumin’s base in China.
“The formal recognition of Visualsupport as Unilumin’s new stock centre in Poland reaffirms our commitment to the Eastern European AV market,” comments Steve

 
 
pm-series-experience-days-sw19-mainYamaha and SW19 Studios stage Rivage event
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio and London’s SW19 Studios are joining forces in mid-March to host a two-day Welcome to the World of Rivage event. Taking place on 7-8 March at SW19 Studios in Wimbledon, it comprises a free series of technical training seminars which offer professional and aspiring sound engineers an opportunity to get up close and personal with Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems.
Day 1 will focus on showcasing Rivage PM7 as the solution for reliable sound for live venue and festival engineers, sculpting audio for today’s touring bands. Yamaha product specialists and SW19 staff will be on hand to deliver an overview of the system, highlighting key features and demonstrating its applications in a rehearsal environment.
Day 2 offers opportunities for those with some experience of Rivage and/or those who want to delve deep into the system. Through a series of bookable one-on-one sessions, guests can book to spend time with a Yamaha Product specialist and a Rivage system. Content will be customised to the needs of the guest - everything from converting an existing show file through to specifying and setting up a complex system for an upcoming tour.
Participation in this event is free, but registration, which can be made here, is required.
(Jim Evans)

 
midas-demo-feb-201926Backstage Academy partners with Midas
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

UK - Midas Consoles has agreed a sponsorship deal to provide mixing desks to Backstage Academy.
The equipment, understood to be a pair of M32 consoles and DL32 stage boxes, will be used for training purposes at the Wakefield-based college, which introduced a live engineering pathway to its Live Events Production BA (Hons) degree course last September.
Miles Marsden, Backstage Academy’s industry partnerships director, comments: “Everyone knows that Midas produces state-of-the-art mixing desks in the analogue world, setting standards on major tours worldwide throughout the 1990s. They have extended this product format into the digital world, with the M32 console. We are delighted they have loaned us a pair of these desks and DL32 I/O boxes for our students to learn on.”
Joel Perry, artist relations for Midas, has known Marsden for 20 years. “We are pleased to be supporting Backstage Academy and look forward to utilising the space at the Academy and Production Park for training in the future,” says Perry. “Having access to these excellent facilities is a real bonus as we help to inspire the next generation of mix engineers. It’s a win-win situation.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
green-goGreen-GO appoints ZAP for Switzerland
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

The Netherlands - ELC Lighting has appointed ZAP Audio as the exclusive representative for the Green-GO digital intercom system in Switzerland.
Headquartered in Geneva, with a second branch at Winterthur, ZAP Audio has a 25-year history as one of Switzerland’s best-known providers of pro audio equipment and solutions. The company also has brands including Nexo, Luminex, Auvitran, Yamaha and Shure in its sales portfolio.
ZAP Audio director Frédéric Walder comments: “Green-GO is an innovative intercom system that goes beyond traditional production intercoms. Based on standard Ethernet technology, it can be integrated almost anywhere; it brings great flexibility for production companies, without the limitations of standard partyline intercoms. It is a true Network.”
He adds: “We are very happy and proud to act as official distributor for Green-GO in Switzerland, as we develop and sell more and more network-oriented products and systems. It is indeed an innovative product, supported by a very professional manufacturer.”
Green-GO’s Silvio Cibien adds: “We are delighted to add our friends at ZAP Audio to our expanding sales network. Over many years, the company has developed a strong reputation in Switzerland and we are confident that they will be able to bring the advantages of Green-GO technology to professional customers in all the markets they serve.”
Green-GO will exhibit at the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt in April.
(Jim Evans)

 
l-supply-new-timax-hkprc-distributor-l-r-ching-lui-omega-lam-1TiMax appoints distributor for China
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

China - OutBoard has appointed L-Supply Ltd as its new TiMax distributor for Hong Kong and China.
Following the appointment, L-Supply has procured a 64-channel version of the new FPGA TiMax SoundHub spatial audio matrix for demo and support purposes. The team is headed up by directors Ching Lui and Omega Lam, both veterans of the pro-audio industry with a wide range of premium specifier, integrator and operator contacts plus considerable experience in the professional live performance and AV installation marketplaces.
Ching Lui comments: "We are very pleased to be working with TiMax. As the most advanced and intuitive spatialisation and audio showcontrol automation system it cannot really be compared to anything else. At L-Supply, we understand TiMax SoundHub and TiMax Tracker, and how it will bring the best sound arrangements for our customers across Hong Kong and China. This is a very exciting time for us and our customers."
OutBoard director Dave Haydon comments: "We’re very fortunate to have an energetic new company such as L-Supply join the growing global TiMax distribution network, and look forward to working with them to increase our already significant market penetration in the Hong Kong and PRC territories."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-persival-producciones-medellin-per201837458Persival Producciones invests in Robe
Monday, 25 February 2019

Columbia - Persival Producciones is a rental and production company supplying sound, lighting, video, staging, rigging and backline, based in Medellin, the second city of Colombia.
Like many Colombian rental companies, they started primarily as an audio supplier, and a few years later realized that to keep competitive, they needed to invest in lighting and video to offer full production packages to their busy client base.
Persival is owned and run by Mauricio Agudelo. He explained that the lighting side of the business was steady but slower to take off than the audio side, until they purchased their first Robe Pointes in 2016.
The first Pointes appeared in Colombia in 2014 when Andres Chamorro and his company Chamorro Iluminacion bought a quantity for a Juanes tour for which Persival did the audio and staging.
They already had a competitor beam light onboard at the time, but they were super-impressed with what the small and truly multifunctional Pointes could do. Then it was a simple case of “we had to have them”.
He consulted with Guillermo Traverso, Robe’s regional sales manager for Latin America who helped facilitate AVCom’s first sale of Pointes to Persival which arrived in two batches, 32 initially which were rapidly followed by another 16, making 48 in total which offered a lot of scope for their shows.
Following this, they bought Spiider wash beams and then BMFLs; their most recent purchase was 24 x BMFL WashBeams earlier this year and they are looking at adding another 12.
“Around the time we purchased the

 
dwrState Theatre invests in DiGiCo & training
Monday, 25 February 2019

South Africa - It’s all about the training for the South African State Theatre in Pretoria.
Having invested in a DiGiCo SD12 at the end of last year, technicians from the theatre received a practical training course presented by DWR Distribution’s Kyle Robson in January. This was followed by dot2 training and a theatre lighting workshop.
The DiGiCo SD12 is currently being used in the 1,300-seat opera theatre, the largest venue at the State Theatre. The console has already been set to work for the 11th annual Mzansi Fela Community Arts Festival starring artists such as Thandiswa Mazwai, Dr Tumi, Ringo Madlingozi, Kwesta, Sjava, and Lebo Sekgobela.
“We initially decided on the SD12 as we wanted a mixer that could handle large productions without having to compromise on channels and Aux/Group busses,” explains Tshiamo Mokgadi, an audio technician at the State Theatre. “We hosted a production called Freedom the musical, using over 70 lines. It was a bit of a challenge at the beginning because of the old console we were using - channels had to be cut and so on. After getting the DiGiCo we managed to pull off the show without having to cut anything.”
One of the main features to catch Tshiamo’s eye was SD12’s two screens. “This allows for a much quicker access to mixer parameters and the ability to either dedicate the sides to different functions, have the right-hand screen to master functions or even have two operators at the console,” he explains. “Being able to have any channel strip on any fader layer and full channel

 
 
absenKern & Stelly to distribute Absen
Monday, 25 February 2019

Germany - LED display manufacturer Absen has appointed Kern & Stelly Medientechnik as its official distributor for Germany and Austria. The agreement was announced at ISE 2019 in Amsterdam.
Kern & Stelly, part of the Midwich Group, is a large AV solutions distributor based in Hamburg. Leon Ye, regional director DACH at Absen, comments: "With Kern & Stelly, we have found a dynamic partner with whom we share a common strategic alignment in the LED market. Together with the team of experts from Kern & Stelly, we can provide individual advice and personal support for the specialist trade partners. We are looking forward to the cooperation."
As well as signalling the next step in Absen’s European expansion, the partnership is also in line with Kern & Stelly’s ambitions to diversify its own product range to include flexible LED walls and a greater range of LED solutions.
Lutz Kern, managing director of Kern & Stelly Medientechnik adds: "At Kern & Stelly, we have paid close attention to the rise of LED technology, particularly for indoor applications such as corporate reception areas, digital signage and conference rooms. That is why we are pleased to be able to complement our existing LED product portfolio with the award-winning LED solutions from Absen."
(Jim Evans)

 
gmv-logo-stackedGray Matter Visual becomes BTS partner
Thursday, 21 February 2019

USA - Behind the Scenes reports that Gray Matter Visual has become a Pledge-a-Service Partner by pledging to donate a percentage of their design fees to the charity. Gray Matter Visual is a lighting and production design firm working on corporate and special events, concerts, television, benefits, and more. Founded in 2010 by Brendan Gray and based in Brooklyn, New York, GMV works with clients all over the US and beyond to realise their visions.
Brendan Gray, principal designer and president, states: “I became aware of the Pledge-a-Service programme through fellow designer (and friend) Herrick Goldman's involvement. Joining sounded like a great idea, but one that sat on the back burner for a while. The recent sudden loss of a friend and colleague prompted me to take action. I hope that other designers and business owners will follow suit and support this worthy cause."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Gray Matter Visual as a Pledge-a-Service Partner. It is so important to us to have the design community involved in our efforts. Designers, by the very nature of their work, come into contact with so many industry members that they can be enormously helpful in spreading the word that help is available to those in need. We thank Brendan and his team for their wonderful commitment.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
fastTAIT honoured in Fast Company list
Thursday, 21 February 2019

USA - For a third year running, TAIT has been included in Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Live Event for 2019. The list honours businesses making the most profound impact on both industry and culture.
“Receiving this recognition again is a great reminder of just how important teamwork really is and how influential innovation is in creating extraordinary experiences,” says Adam Davis, CCO at TAIT.
“Live events create shared experiences that are community building and binding. Some are in-person communities others are digital communities. Because the ability to experience a live event has multiplied in form, it is essential that we continue to challenge ourselves, our clients and the industry, to be even more innovative when creating. This is an exciting time, we are at the advent of revolutionizing the live event experience,” shares Mia Tinari, global head of marketing + communications at TAIT.
In the past 18 months, TAIT has worked on a broad range of events including King Kong on Broadway, the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, and Drake’s Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour which was documented in a now-viral, behind-the-scenes video produced by Insider.
(Jim Evans)

 
bikefestBackup's busy 2019 fundraising schedule
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Industry charity Backup has revealed a busy fundraising schedule for 2019.
First in a line-up of events is the inaugural Bikefest, kicking off on 18 May with a day of two-wheeled action and fun for all levels of riders.
There will be a 100km ride through the Sussex and Surrey countryside, which will take in much of the famed Olympic and Prudential Ride London-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,” says Backup.
The event will also feature a 50km route across the Surrey countryside, past a number of isotonic watering holes en route to allow riders to ‘recharge’ their batteries.
“Either way, you’ll be bacon sandwiched up before you set off and then given your route. Upon your triumphant return, food, drinks, prizes and prestige await you all,” says Backup.

Kartfest
Kartfest is back for a fifth year on Thursday, 4 July, with an Independence Day theme. Organisers expect the event to sell out quickly and promise participants should expect “all the normal fun, thrills, spills and shenanigans, as well as downright blatant team ringers and financial incentives”. Headline sponsor Chauvet Professional has signed up for a second year running.

Comfest is also returni

 
 
dave-thorley-and-david-edelsteintriple-eTriple E expands factory facilities
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - In anticipation of a busy 2019 order book, Triple E has recently completed a move into larger premises, which has also included a complete restructure of the warehouse to improve efficiencies and production work flow.
Triple E had outgrown its previous warehouse, having been there for the past 16 years, and the company has now settled into a larger facility which has doubled the square footage of their office, factory and workshop. The expansion has also provided for improved training facilities for distributors, installers and specifiers who visit Triple E, as well as dedicated meeting room spaces and improved office facilities.
The increased footprint has enabled a more streamlined factory and warehouse layout with additional yard and storage facilities and a larger demonstration area for clients to see the products first hand in the factory setting.
The transition to a larger unit on the same industrial estate has also enabled the team to assimilate Thorley Engineering seamlessly into the work flow. The 2018 acquisition of Thorley Engineering - a supplier to Triple E for over 25 years - made clear business sense. “I’m delighted that we have been able to ensure continuity of supply by incorporating Thorley Engineering into the Triple E family” explains David Edelstein, managing director, Triple E. “Dave Thorley and his highly skilled engineering team bring a wealth of experience and a long-standing appreciation of the Triple E brand. It made perfect sense to bring them into the company to facilitate a seamless and speedier product

 
plasa-focusRegistration opens for PLASA Focus Leeds
Thursday, 21 February 2019

UK - Free registration is now open for PLASA Focus Leeds, PLASA has reported.
The sold-out event, taking place at Leeds' Royal Armouries Museum on 14-15 May, will feature 120 exhibitors and is ideal for professionals working across live events, concert touring, production, performing arts and installation.
Present will be lighting companies including Elation, Robe and Philips Entertainment Lighting; pro audio firms including d&b audiotechnik, Funktion-One and Shure; and rigging, staging and production specialists including Area Four Industries, Gerriets, Hawthorn and J&C Joel. The trade show will also welcome several new exhibitors, including loudspeaker manufacturer Wharfdale Pro Audio and US sound masking company, Cambridge Sound Management.
In addition, a free programme of seminars, panel discussions and workshops will feature insights from experts involved in some the most exciting projects over the past year as well as essential technical guidance.
Sophie Atkinson, head of events at PLASA, comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. It’s the perfect place for people to get together, share knowledge and find out about the latest technology.
“Our team is currently building an exciting programme of seminars and workshops, celebrating some of the most exciting projects from across the industry - we look forward to announcing the line-up

 
 
aedAED Group invests in AV Stumpfl Pixera
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Europe - Belgian AV solutions provider AED Display has recently announced its decision to invest in AV Stumpfl's new Pixera media server software and hardware.
With a total of six full-spec Pixera two media servers, six Pixera one servers and 10 Pixera mini player units ordered at this year's ISE 2019 in Amsterdam, AED Display will soon be able to allow its customers to choose from more than 45 AV Stumpfl media server systems, making the company the world's largest provider of AV Stumpfl media servers.
AV Stumpfl CEO, Fabian Stumpfl, comments: "As a long term partner, AED was one of the first companies to understand the potential of our new next-generation media server system Pixera. We are very happy that AED customers will soon be able to discover the world of Pixera for themselves. The Pixera roadmap for the near future is very exciting and we are looking forward to further develop the possibilities of this ground-breaking soft- and hardware solution together with trusted partners like AED."
Both companies officially announced the product order at this year's Integrated Systems Europe trade fair in Amsterdam.
AED Display managing director Thierry Heldenbergh explains the reasons behind the latest investment: "At AED group we don't just follow trends, we actively research and identify the most promising technologies out there and move fast to make them available to our customers. We always strive to build industry standards in close partnership with manufacturers, like we did with the RAW Servers. PIXERA represents the next stage in the ev

 
isceNew exhibitors confirmed for ISCEx 2019
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - With less than two weeks until ISCEx 2019, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers has announced a number of new exhibitors, including Shure UK, Sennheiser, Sound Network, Ambient System and Source Distribution, have signed up to the event alongside the 31 manufacturers and distributors who had already confirmed their presence. This means this will be the event with the highest number of exhibitors yet, says ISCE.
Taking place on Wednesday, 6 Marchat Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire, ISCEx 2019 provides networking and learning opportunities. Leading audio manufacturers and distributors are on hand in the exhibition zone, whilst a programme of informative seminars is held in separate conference rooms throughout the day.
ISCEx 2019 is open to members and non-members of the ISCE. Entry is completely free of charge and promises to be an opportunity to get together with industry colleagues in an informal, relaxed environment to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and projects.
Registration for ISCEx 2019 is available online at https://www.isce.org.uk/iscex-event/iscex-2019/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-liteup-wwb-spotify14894-2Liteup Events invests in Robe
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - Fareham-based Liteup Events has recently added a substantial investment to its Robe inventory by investing in MegaPointes, Spiiders, LEDBeam 150s and RoboSpot systems, all delivered by Robe UK.
The company was founded in 2006 and is headed and run by Marc Callaghan and Kris Box who met whilst studying at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. It was initially started to support Marc and Kris’s freelance lighting and visual design careers but they have since focused to growing the company and specialising in the supply of creative production equipment and designs.
Gordon Torrington, well known and respected to anyone in the world of international lighting production and concert touring, has recently joined the team as senior account handler.
The recent Robe order comprised 26 x MegaPointes and 26 x Spiiders, 28 x LEDBeam 150s and four RoboSpot systems, complete with MotionCameras.
These join the existing Liteup Robe luminaires - Pointes, BMFL Wash Beams, LEDBeam 100s and 600E Spots plus other lights and a fully equipped rigging department.
Recently, the new Robe kit was used on Spotify’s Who We Be live - their hip hop, grime and R&B playlist event staged at London’s Alexandra Palace venue.
Liteup was contacted by Spotify Live’s production director Samuel Rogers to supply all lighting, rigging and video services. Gordon and Marc asked Matthew Pitman of Bryte Design onboard as show and visuals designer.
Matt used MegaPointes and Spiiders as the backbone of the rig, as “they offered the large

 
apartApart Innovation Tour dates confirmed
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - Audio-Technica, the UK distributor for Apart Audio, has announced a series of UK dates as part of its Apart Innovation Tour roadshow.
The Apart Innovation Tour comes to England and Scotland in March, and Northern Ireland and Eire in June. The seminars are aimed at pro-audio resellers, consultants, designers and integrators and will showcase new Apart Audio products including the Mask and Kubo series speakers and Prezone preamp/mixers. Also covered in the sessions will be a look at using EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers) software in designing and creating fixed installation audio solutions for clients.
Each of the free-to-attend Apart Innovation Tour sessions run between 10am and 2pm and include drinks and refreshments. Places are limited so booking is essential - registration for the UK tour dates is available at audio-technica-ltd.eventbrite.co.uk.
Locations and dates for the Apart Innovation Tour are:
11 March – London
12 March – Birmingham
13 March – Leeds
14 March – Glasgow
12 June – Belfast
13 June – Dublin
(Jim Evans)

 
 
new-technology-showcaseWhite Light commits to training days
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

UK - White Light has recently held a series of open days across the UK to showcase and demo its latest technology.
The company’s Audio KnoWLedge Day was held last month at WL’s Studio15. Working alongside some of the biggest audio manufacturers including Shure, Riedel, DPA Microphones, Yamaha, d&b audiotechnik, K-array and Astro Spatial Audio, WL hosted a day in which students could get hands-on with the latest audio technology, take part in Q&A forums as well as have one-on-one sessions with industry professionals.
The day was organised by WL’s head of audio Lee Dennison who comments: “With the KnoWLedge Day, we wanted to offer students something which would prove invaluable yet which they wouldn’t receive anywhere else. It’s not often they get the opportunity to speak to industry leaders about their products so this was their own ‘audio trade show’ where they were given time to ask those important questions and have quality hands on tuition they wouldn’t normally be afforded.
“The feedback we received was fantastic and it’s great to work with such highly regarded manufacturers and make their products so accessible”. WL also used the day to allow students to register for their crewing database for when they graduate.
WL also supported the New Technology Showcase, taking place at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and held in conjunction with the ALD. The showcase was aimed at lighting designers and technicians to explore and compare the latest lighting technologies on the market. Over 60 students attended

 
marco-medica-e-giorgio-biffiOutline appoints distributor for Italy
Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Italy - Audio solutions manufacturer Outline has appointed Audio Effetti as the exclusive distributor of its products in Italy. With 20 years’ experience, Genoa-based Audio Effetti is a leading distributor of professional equipment dedicated to the theatre audio, video and lighting sectors, as well as accessories, lasers and special effects in general, also providing consultancy for the design of professional and special systems and after-sales assistance, with the aim of combining important creative and implementation experience built up in the entertainment and live event fields.
Audio Effetti MD Marco Medica comments: "We’re particularly proud of having acquired the distribution of this historic Italian brand, which continues to make Italian-made products a rightful source of pride. As well as the well-known loudspeaker and line array systems, for which Outline is respected at international level, we were impressed by the Newton device, following an in-depth demo at the company’s Brescia headquarters."
Outline CEO Giorgio Biffi adds: "Outline has enormous potential in countless markets, all we need are excellent distributors to help us to put it to use. We are very pleased to begin this collaboration with Audio Effetti, a company with well-proven experience in the distribution sector, and well organized in terms of infrastructure and managerial ability. There are all the necessary ingredients to ensure our brand’s widespread diffusion in an area that is as strategic for us as Italy."
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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