UK - In mid-March, White Juju, a collaboration between the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and jazz saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch, was performed at Printworks London. Three Yamaha Rivage PM digital mixing systems brought a variety of elements together in a powerful, sold-out performance.
First performed at the Barbican as part of the 2021 EFG London Jazz Festival, Kinch’s work for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra was written in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Black British history, Brexit and the COVID-19 lockdowns. Two and a half years on, the soon-to-be-redeveloped concrete cavern of the Press Halls: Live Stage at Printworks London gave the piece a new feel, with a different approach to mixing the sound.
The LSO’s technical team is very familiar with the Yamaha Rivage PM series, having used a Rivage PM10 for its streamed concerts during the COVID-19 lockdowns and investing in a Rivage PM3 for its education, rehearsal and recording space at LSO St Luke’s.
Provided by Richard Nowell Sound Services, PM10 systems for White Juju were manned by the LSO’s Pete Mycroft (FoH1) and Jack Jordan (monitors), with freelance engineer Simon Hendry (FoH2) operating a PM5. LSO producer Tim Davy was in overall charge of the technical production, with Yamaha applications engineer Tom Rundle on hand to offer any assistance, as required.
All three mixing surfaces shared the same RPio series I/O rack, supplied by Subfrantic, on a shared TWINLANe loop. A parallel Dante network took care of console-to-console audio for orchestral stem
Poland - Former Republika band member Leszek Biolik and the band Czarno-Białe Ślady (Zbigniew Krzywański, Jakub Nowak, Jacek Bończyk) welcomed regional stars to share Republika’s music in one of the first immersive audio live concerts in Poland featuring Adamson’s Fletcher Machine.
The concert, part of the Obywatele Republiki [Citizens of the Republic] music project, was attended by 1,800 guests experiencing new interpretations of Republika’s songs through a modern multi-channel sound system. Guests included Renata Przemyk, Piotr Rogucki, Julia Pietrucha and Michał Wiraszko.
“We are working in every region to showcase to artists, audiences and engineers how immersive audio experiences can engage audiences. The simplicity of Adamson’s solution is just as important as the overall quality of the sound,” says director of operations EMEA, Jochen Sommer.
ProAudio AVT supplied the Adamson PA and Fletcher Machine. The ICE Krakow Congress Centre was fitted with 45 S10 cabinets for the main array, seven S10s for front-fill and CS10p for auxiliary-fills. The sub arrangement included eight S119s. The ‘fits-in-a-carry-on-bag’ Fletcher Machine Traveller was used for immersive processing. Outputs were connected with the FOH Digico Quantum 5 console supplied by sound rental company Airpol.
System engineer Jakub Mikołajczak said: “I didn't expect that working with the Fletcher Machine immersive system would be so easy and friendly. After one day of training with Jochen Sommer, we were able to set the sound system and be ready to work i
USA - From 13 to 15 April, the NAMM Show will open its doors to visitors from across the globe, who traditionally value the many educational opportunities the show offers in addition to the product showcase.
The Sennheiser Group will put a spotlight on immersive audio in demo room 17400, presenting the latest production tools and technologies from Sennheiser, Neumann, Dear Reality and Merging Technologies. As a partner of NAMM’s TEC Tracks, the group will send immersive audio experts to the TEC Tracks Keynote Panel, and host presentations on immersive production in its own demo room 17400. In addition, Neumann will unveil ‘an exciting new product’.
Immersive audio best practice presentations will be delivered by industry veterans Michael Romanowski, Eric Schilling, Leslie Ann Jones and many more. Between the engineer presentations, guests will be able to experience product demos in Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 set-ups and will get insights into immersive production workflows.
The demo room features an immersive set-up with Neumann monitors and subwoofers (KH 420, KH 310, KH 150, KH 870 and KH 750). Stereo pairs of the KH 420, KH 310, KH 150, new KH 120 II and KH 80 will be available to demo stereo mixes. Merging Technologies have their Anubis, Hapi and Horus interfaces integrated into the set-up.
At the back of the demo room, additional products that facilitate immersive productions are presented, such as the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic, the Neumann KU 100 binaural head and the Sennheiser MKH 800 TWIN, which provides the output signals of its du
UK - ISCVEx 2023 was held last week at Coombe Abbey Hotel in Coventry, and it was a great success! Attendees were treated to three seminars, an exhibition showcasing the latest industry developments and a networking evening with dinner and a live band.
Held annually by the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers, ISCVEx is open to members and non-members. Events kicked off on Tuesday 21 March 2023 with the ISCVE members’ Day and AGM, followed by an engaging presentation from Alex Krasnic. Attendees were joined by others later at the networking dinner and party, which lasted late into the night.
Wednesday saw seminars where some industry experts discussed topics including emerging technologies, new business models, trends in customer experiences and more. A number of formal presentations were made to new supporting members and fellow members throughout the day and the exhibition provided attendees with an opportunity to learn about new products and services available in the industry, providing a chance to engage directly with those who presented their offerings during the event.
“It’s been years since I’ve attended the exhibition and this year has made me realise what I’ve been missing: relaxed environment where you can catch up with industry friends and see lots of new products, superb presentations from knowledgeable peers about interesting subjects, and a free lunch too! Looking forward to 2024 already,” comments Paul Dougherty, managing director for Blaydon Communications.
“ISCVEx 2023 was as always, an exce
USA - Stars gathered at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena night for Love Rising, a benefit concert for Tennessee Equality Project, Inclusion Tennessee, OUTMemphis and The Tennessee Pride Chamber.
Bandit Lites provided the lighting for the evening, where performances included Allison Russell, Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, Amanda Shires, Brittany Howard, Hozier, Jake Wesley Rogers, Jason Isbell, Joy Oladokun, Julien Baker, Mya Byrne, The Rainbow Coalition Band and YOLA.
Arthur Switzer of Live Nation connected Bandit Lites vice president Mike Golden with lighting designer Eric Cathcart of Bigtime Lighting Design, who developed a lighting system in 10 days for nearly 32 different performances.
“Eric is as a fantastic designer and he certainly didn’t disappoint,” said Golden. “Between Arthur, Eric, and a great crew from us, the rig went in day of event. I think the pictures speak for themselves in terms of how well the show came off.”
Using big washes over the band and tight key lighting, Cathcart tackled programming the show by keeping camera images at the front of mind.
Bandit Lites supplied more than 160 fixtures for the concert including Chauvet Rogue R2X Washes, Martin MAC Viper Profiles and Martin Sceptron VDO 10-1000 mm fixtures as well as two grandMA 2 full consoles.
“All of the fixtures used were mainly for the cameras,” Cathcart explained. “The washes used over the stage were for washing the stage; the side and tower washes were intended for aerial beams as well as to fill up any black holes that the cameras might
USA - Located on New York City’s bustling west side, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre hosts thousands of events annually – from trade shows to product launches to movie premieres.
All that activity happening across a sprawling complex of open exhibit space, meeting rooms, lounges and more can create a challenging communications environment. When the centre announced a massive expansion recently, Clear-Com intercom systems were chosen to help streamline communications among Javits Centre staff members.
The project, part of New York City’s long-term Midtown West redevelopment plan, adds 200,000sq.ft of meeting rooms and pre-function areas, including a 54,000sq.ft special event space and a truck marshalling facility designed to make event operations more efficient. Metinteractive, a provider of strategic solutions for architecture, communications and technology, served as a member of the design/build construction team and AV integrator for the Javits expansion.
The new Javits special event space is designed for flexible configuration to accommodate any client’s needs. The space includes two floors of meeting rooms: the fourth floor consists of a set of five spaces that can be subdivided into as many as 21 separate meeting rooms, and the fifth floor consists of five rooms that can be combined into one large event space. The expansion also extends to rooftop spaces, including an outdoor terrace and a glass-enclosed pavilion.
For easy communication among 12 new A/V equipment rooms, Metinteractive installed a Clear-Com Eclipse HX Digital
UK - First performed in 1986, Willy Russell’s one-woman show Shirley Valentine is the joyous, life-affirming story of a person who got lost in marriage and motherhood but who has a secret dream – as well as an airline ticket to Greece.
The show has recently been revived at the Duke of York’s Theatre in a new production directed by Matthew Dunster and starring Olivier Award and BAFTA winning Sheridan Smith. The lighting designer is Lucy Carter, who approached White Light to supply her lighting rig.
This production of Shirley Valentine marks its first West End revival since its original run in 1988, which then subsequently transferred to Broadway. Discussing the play, Lucy explains: “Throughout the entire show, there are only two locations: Shirley’s kitchen and a beach in Greece. These are obviously very different so it was down to myself and Paul Wills, the set and costume designer, to create designs that could deliver both of them convincingly.
“The beach in Greece represents Shirley’s freedom from her mundane existence at home and the possibilities of what her life could hold if she broke free from this. Matthew, the director, and Paul imagined this in a more abstract and subliminal world as opposed to a totally naturalistic environment.
She continues: “They saw the large blue skies of Greece as the key to this sense of possibility and therefore a large, curved cyclorama became the main element of my design for the second part of the show. I was given the task of expressing these subliminal and evocative wo
UK - Autograph Sound is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023 and will be marking it with a number of special events and occasions throughout the year, one of which recently took place with Welsh National Opera at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
In 1973, WNO became one of Autograph’s very first clients as they took delivery of a bespoke cue light and comms system, designed and built by company founder Andrew Bruce. In a remarkable coincidence and almost exactly 50 years later, Welsh National Opera have just taken delivery of a suite of Riedel comms equipment, also supplied and commissioned by Autograph.
To mark the occasion, Andrew Bruce visited WNO to meet their technical staff and present a commemorative certificate to Ian Jones, WNO’s recently retired head of lighting & sound. Ian started at WNO in 1979 and used Andrew’s original system for some years, so they had much to discuss!
Croatia - Singer-songwriter and composer Gibonni played two major arena concerts in Zagreb that sold out in minutes, with over 40,000 fans flocking to see the showman where they were treated to a spectacular stage and lighting design by Sven Kučinić involving 140 Robe moving lights.
These high-profile shows signalled the kick-off of a tour by the artist which will continue later in the year.
A series of scenic set pieces was designed by Neven Stojakovic based on the theme of clocks – an idea from Gibonni himself – and time, loosely related to and translated from the title of the last album. Using these as references, Sven added the trussing and lighting, and in collaboration with Neven, developed the shapes and placement of the fragmented LED screens.
For these shows and the subsequent tour, he wanted the lighting to have a more theatrical and dramatic feel and be closer stylistically to a musical theatre performance than a pop show.
He created five inverted T-shaped pendulum-like trusses hanging down from the roof to get lighting positions spread out at different levels, with five different sized and shaped ‘fragmented’ LED screens, part flown, and part ground supported, filling in the lower half of the upstage wall behind the set.
The lighting supplier was Promologistika, one of Croatia’s leading and biggest rental and production companies, which has a large Robe inventory that Sven was happy to use.
He was especially excited to be using 24 brand new Fortes which arrived just in time for Promologistika to get on the
USA - Ayrton Khamsin and Domino fixtures dominated the rig designed by Cory FitzGerald for Weekends with Adele, the first concert residency by the British singer at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. FitzGerald is a senior partner, lighting designer and creative producer at Silent House Studios, Burbank, a global award-winning design and production agency. ACT Entertainment is the exclusive distributor of Ayrton lighting in North America.
Weekends with Adele, a five-month series of Friday and Saturday night shows, commenced in November 2022 and ran through March 2023. The show received praise from critics for its ‘breathtaking’ staging and elegance and its remarkable ability to combine the spectacular and the intimate. A sold-out slate of dates attested to the show’s hit status.
FitzGerald previously worked with Adele when he served as the lighting designer for her appearance at British Summer Time in Hyde Park, London last July. Coming on board for her Las Vegas residency he knew “from the beginning that it would be a very theatrical show. It would build quite a bit physically and in intensity starting with a small concept and growing to fill the stage with a full orchestral extravaganza with scenery, moving elements, and projections. The lighting needed to complement that and still give a theatrical feel and concert vibe.”
FitzGerald mounted 192 Khamsin LED moving head profiles in three moving torms independent of the three moving projection layers on the show, as well as in three main overhead rows of truss f
World - Astera Titan Tubes and PixelBricks are woven into the elegant lighting design by Bruno Poet and Ricard White for Icelandic singer / songwriter Björk, who is touring her Cornucopia theatrical show globally through 2023.
This is an example of using lighting inventively to enhance a much larger mixed-media ‘bigger picture’ that helps capture the many and varied expressions, emotions, moments and messages of Björk’s work.
The show concept was initiated by the artist herself and developed with creative collaborators James Merry and Argentinian film director Lucrecia Martel. The eye-catching and cerebral video content was produced by Tobias Gremmler and the set is designed by Chiara Stevenson.
Richard explains how lighting was seminal to the quest to create a fully immersive audio, visual and musical experience based on the utopian themes of the album.
With a host of strong visual identities from the stage design, the theatrical performance of the musicians and the incredible video content, he felt that lighting “needed to complement, embellish and tie-in with all these elements and become the link between the physical and digital worlds”, in the process making performers appear in that same physical space in front of everyone’s eyes.
The ‘utopian planet’ stage set features some spectacular main performance risers that appear like huge organic floating platforms, nicknamed ‘The Mushrooms’ by the crew. They needed lighting in a very specific way to give the illusion of floating, and Richard and Bruno turne
USA/France - L-Acoustics has forged a partnership with Soundforms to offer innovative, immersive audio technology to open-air performance spaces worldwide. The mission of the two companies will be to develop creative solutions that combine L-Acoustics immersive sound technology into the acoustic and aesthetic properties of Soundforms Performance Shells. The end result will offer integrators, consultants, and end users coherent, turn-key solutions for open air performance venues that will create exceptional experiences for both audiences and performers.
The two companies first worked together at the Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, home of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, where Soundforms designed the shell enclosure while the audience enjoys sound technology by L-Acoustics.
“This partnership with Soundforms is an exciting opportunity to bring our L-ISA immersive technology and Ambiance Acoustics system to innovative venues around the world,” says Tim Boot, business development director, acoustics solutions at L-Acoustics. “The combination of our audio solutions and Soundforms’ beautiful looking and beautiful sounding outdoor performance shells will offer audiences inspiring new live experiences.”
Soundforms designs open-air performance enclosures, which provide a high-quality acoustic environment for outdoor music events. Their premium quality staging products offer an exemplary aesthetic and acoustical environment for musicians, audiences, festivals, promoters, broadcasters, orchestras, and sponsors. The acoustics within the Soundforms shell a
USA - Chauvet has acquired LynTec, a global supplier of electrical power solutions for lighting, video, and audio systems. Founded in 1982, Lenexa, Kansas-based LynTec is widely known for its advanced lighting control panels, with these products installed in well over 10,000 sites throughout the world.
“With the addition of LynTec to our group of companies, we will be able to offer our customers a complete solution that embraces lighting, video, show programming, and control at every level from the creation of a design to the control of power at an installation,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We not only value LynTec for its technology, we’ve also been very impressed by the company’s ongoing commitment to improving its products and level of service to customers. In this respect, it mirrors the same values that have powered the growth of Chauvet.”
Like Chauvet, LynTec has been dedicated to offering effective value driven solutions to every segment of its markets. For example, in the House of Worship market, its panels have been used at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Church of the Highlands, as well as at churches serving only a small number of worshippers. The same diversity is also very evident in its mix of theatrical, sports centre and entertainment venue business, as its products are found in NHL arenas, as well as at high school auditoriums.
“We are very excited to be joining the Chauvet family based on our shared commitment to providing excellence to our customers in all facets,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec.
Denmark - Sonic College, part of University College South Denmark that offers degrees in a range of audio disciplines in the media and entertainment industry, relocated to a purpose-built, multi-storey building in southern Denmark at the beginning of September 2022.
A Solid State Logic System T digital audio mixing console, selected for both its performance and its educational value to students, is the centrepiece of a Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 immersive music production room on the third floor of the new building.
According to audio technology specialist Lars Tirsbæk, a teacher and technical consultant at Sonic College, audio-over-IP, an immersive mix bus and the fact that the System T is the console that is used throughout Denmark’s media and entertainment industry were all factors in the decision to install the new 32-fader S500 console. “We decided pretty early to go for a digital desk,” he says. “Our job is to educate the students for the future, and the future is digital.”
He continues, “We also decided that we wanted to have an audio-over-IP infrastructure in the new building to be able to move stuff around. For studio builds, Dante is the right thing right now; Audinate has the biggest market share, period. We wanted a network-based desk and our specification was that it should be able to do AES67, so we thought it was a good idea that it should be Dante-based.”
Sonic College’s programmes cover sound design, sound-for-picture, music production, game audio and podcasting. The college additionally conducts research into sound i
South Africa - Renaldo van den Berg, a lighting designer and owner of Tryfer Industries has come to rely on Vectorworks for his designs and drawings. He recently upgraded to Vectorworks 2023 and has also invested in a grandMA3 viz-key from DWR Distribution to assist his pre-programming workflow.
“The overall plan for my business was to have the Vectorworks design software, as most of my work comes from designs and drawings which I then execute,” said Renaldo who established his business in 2020. His long-term goal is to invest in a grandMA3 console. “Dylan Jones and Jade Manicom from DWR Distribution were very helpful and we had many phone calls,” he reports. “As a small company owner, I don’t have gear and go from show to show as a freelancer. This was a large investment and a big decision to make, but looking back, I should have done it last year already when events were going crazy.”
Renaldo is no stranger to Vectorworks Spotlight, having previously worked on the 2017 version, and he has found the upgrade life changing. “There are so many new features and improvements such as the ‘Shaded option’ where you don’t have to have to download a detailed render to see what you have drawn. It allows you to see things like the beams and fixtures,” he explains. “It’s so much quicker and quite something.” The Shaded render mode is now able to create good-quality previews that are fast and interactive with added features that help you to preview and adjust a scene before a final render is made.
When working on drawings for a lar
UK/USA - Lightware Visual Engineering has recently launched two new training, sales and technical hubs in the UK and the USA as part of its continuous expansion and in-person customer offerings.
The two facilities are located in the City of London and Las Vegas, providing users with increased customer and technical support, comprehensive training and first-hand experience of Lightware’s products and services in live environments.
The Las Vegas Discovery Center and the London Experience Centre feature dedicated training rooms fully equipped with the company’s latest signal management products, including the Taurus UCX universal switcher, a connectivity powerhouse designed to utilise USB-C technology to simplify collaborations in any meeting room environment. The venues are designed to supplement Lightware’s extensive online efforts by providing an in-person venue for training and education.
The London Experience Centre also exists as a showcase of Lightware’s solutions, enabling customers access to demos, testing as well as collaborative sessions on future technologies. These sessions are instrumental in developing a greater understanding of Lightware’s products, while also providing Lightware with the knowledge to anticipate customers’ future needs.
The Discovery Center in Las Vegas hosts educational courses that provide the opportunity for AV professionals to experiment and interact with a variety of Lightware devices, understand the simplicity and flexibility of integrating a Lightware system, and experience Lightware’s high-
UAE - EFM Global Logistics chartered 155ft yacht Desert Rose to celebrate 15 years operating out of Dubai – taking guests, DJs, food and drink up the coast from the city’s marina.
Clients past and present joined EFM’s directors on board to recognise the run of events the company has delivered for and to ‘kick around what comes next’.
EFM’s history in the region goes back to transporting equipment for a 2005 spectacular celebrating the official Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) launch.
The dearth of available vehicles in the city at that stage, capable of delivering to the standards clients had come to expect, saw EFM CEO, Mike Llewellyn, resolve to build his own. And EFM went on to establish itself as a local supplier three years later.
Since then, the company has provided for events across the gamut in the Middle East. Films including soon to be released Saudi-set epic Desert Warrior, sports events including the FIFA World Cup 2022, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the Asian Cup and Formula E, together with the likes of Jeddah World Fest and Kuwait Constitution Day. And much more is planned for 2023.
Mike Llewellyn comments: “EFM is now a fully-fledged Saudi Arabian business (EFM KSA). We have our own people there and a 43,000sq ft fully functional warehouse in Riyadh. So, we can act as an importer of record (IOR) and offer a broad range of local and global logistical services.
“Saudi Arabia is on an amazing transitional journey, with significant inward investment it’s establishing itself as a hub fo
Australia - Surfers Paradise on Australia’s Gold Coast boasts many exclusive residential dwellings, with the latest addition to the beachfront recently being completed. Ocean is a 76-storey apartment and leisure complex, the second tallest building on the Pacific skyline.
The development is home to a large number of private residential apartments, as well as a five-star hotel, a retail precinct, and on-site café.
A dynamic façade lighting scheme is a key element of Ocean’s appearance after dark. Integrated solutions provider Bluebottle was appointed to the project by electrical and communications contracting specialists Blue Star, to supply and commission this lighting design.
Bluebottle allocated a skilled team to the project - associate and state manager Nick Gilbert, associate manager and technical sales Flinn Ryan, and associate and technical sales Claire Enoka. Together, they delivered the lighting façade using Color Kinetics and Pharos Architectural Controls solutions.
The scheme encompasses a ring of Color Kinetics compact Graze fixtures on both the Level 33 amenities floor, and a crown of light on Level 76 of the Ocean building. All of these are controlled by a Pharos Designer LPC 2 (Lighting Playback Controller 2) from dynamic lighting control specialists Pharos.
The award-winning Pharos Designer LPC provides complete flexibility for controlling DMX and eDMX protocol fixtures, including KiNet for this project. It delivers powerful lighting and show control solutions in a robust and compact enclosure. Programming with De
Europe/USA - ALC NetworX, developer of the Ravenna audio-over-IP technology, has welcomed Netgear to the Ravenna community. Under its Netgear AV brand, Netgear is offering scalable AV-over-IP and wireless networking solutions for the commercial market. Netgear's pro AV solutions are engineered specifically for AV-over-IP with out-of-the-box support for most networked AV solutions.
Netgear has been developing commercial network equipment for over 25 years and has become a market leading switch manufacturer for AV-over-IP. With the AV Line series of network switches, Netgear has reduced common installation frictions with pre-set profiles for AV-over-IP protocols, from one-room setups to very large AV networks with thousands of endpoints.
Netgear’s Laurent Masia, director of product line management for managed switches comments: “We recognise the importance of key affiliations and associations that make the pro AV industry work. From integration partners around the world, to AV companies helping to create new ways of working in pro AV, Netgear maintains relationships with a number of organisations, and is pleased to add Ravenna to that esteemed company.”
Andreas Hildebrand, Ravenna evangelist at ALC NetworX, adds, “Netgear is a renowned manufacturer of networking equipment for all major markets, servicing projects ranging from residential all the way up to enterprise-scale applications. With Ravenna now stretching its legs into the pro AV market, Netgear with its pro AV range of products and experience in the commercial market is a valuable p
Australia - Anita’s Theatre in Thirroul is no stranger to change. On Saturday December 18, 1965, when the curtain went down on a double billing featuring Stephen Boyd in Genghis Khan and Carl Gonzales in The Little Ones, the classic venue, then known as the King’s Theatre, closed its doors after more than 40 years as the main cinema in this seaside village located 60km south of Sydney.
Less than three years after the theatre stopped showing films, all seats were removed, a concrete floor was laid in the stalls area, and the venue was reborn as Skateland. In 2007, long after its days as a roller rink had ended, the venerable building began anew again as a multi-purpose live performance venue.
Today, as Anita’s Theatre, the classic-looking site is continuing its tradition of change, having recently become Live Nation’s first regional live music venue in Australia. With this change has come adaptation. Looking to update its lighting rig and enhance its flexibility, the theatre added 28 Chauvet Professional fixtures imported by Showtools International and installed by Pro Sound and Lighting.
The new rig not only gives the theatre a wider range of lighting options, it also upgrades the level of the shows for the higher-profile acts, such as Richard Marx, Pavement, Peter Murray, and Belinda Carlisle that are appearing there in 2023.
Designed by Pro Sound and Lighting's John Campbell in consultation with Andre Vanderwert, the new system features 12 Maverick Force S Profiles, which are flown on truss over the audience and positio
USA - LED technology specialist LED Studio has opened its first demo space in the US in Dallas, Texas. This will showcase the latest solutions from the company and its manufacturing partner VOD Visual as the brand continues to grow.
The facility is co-located with LED Studio partners Elevated Systems in its 8,000 sq.ft. premises that combines offices, a warehouse and now demo space. The media and building services specialists provide a full turnkey solution for digital signage and wallscape installations, including design, engineering, installation and maintenance.
This physical space enables visitors to experience the magnitude of LED Studio’s award-winning displays and helps determine the optimal displays for prospective installations. An extensive range of LED Studio displays will be presented to highlight the potential opportunities for end-users in respect to sustainability, simplicity and energy efficiency.
Larry Zoll, head of global strategy at LED Studio explains: “Our demo space in the US will continually evolve as we launch new solutions to ensure that we always have the latest display advancements and manufacturing methods for indoor and outdoor applications available to experience.
“We will also be able to facilitate technology testing and shoot outs for clients who want to see specific configurations, compare two or more products and manufacturing methods, including SMD, GOB, COB and Flip Chip, or bring their own content to test on the display size they will be implementing into their project.
“The demo space will
Mexico - Powersoft has announced NTX Distribution as its new distributor and service centre for Mexico.
NTX Distribution was established in 2013 with a mission to distribute top-quality brands within the custom electronics industry, with a focus on innovating with the products it distributes to offer an effective solution to be a reliable company to its customers. Providing a range of audio and video products, NTX Distribution has been working with many audio brands with international prestige, such as Lightware, 1 Sound, Renkus-Heinz, M&K, Martin Audio and Optimal Audio.
“We are very proud to be Powersoft’s representatives in Mexico. Powersoft is a great complement to our existing brands, providing complete AV solutions to our integrators for a wide array of applications,” says Edgar Alvarez, manager, and spokesperson for NTX Distribution.
The new distributor will focus on providing high-quality solutions in various areas, ranging from small residential installations to large-scale projects such as hotels and shopping centres, as well as expanding Powersoft’s presence in booming markets such as touring, government, education, commercial and hospitality.
“Today’s technology landscape demands seamless connectivity and control, which is exactly what Powersoft offers. Its advanced technology enables us to provide reliable audio solutions that meet the connectivity needs of the market. With Powersoft, we can offer a solution that is not only built to last but also delivers exceptional quality to meet the demands of our customers
Stream On - The success of artists like Taylor Swift and BTS helped global music revenues rise to $26.6bn (£21.7bn) last year, the highest level since records began in the 1990s. The growth was largely driven by streaming, which now accounts for 67% of the industry's earnings. Last year, 589m people paid for a subscription, said trade body the IFPI, up from 523m in 2021.
But labels say income could be higher, and are pushing for prices to rise. "It would help if music subscription pricing could reflect the realities of inflation," said Simon Robson, president of international markets for Warner Music.
The UK's largest streaming service, Spotify, hasn't increased its prices since launching in 2009, with an individual subscription set at £9.99. Most of its competitors maintain a similar pricing structure. Warner Music CEO Robert Kyncl recently suggested that the US rate should rise to $13.25 (£10.83), based on the 2011 US launch price of $9.99, adjusted for inflation. "Music is undervalued, and this is not my opinion - there are actually numbers to back it up," he said. "If you take the US, the price that the user pays per hour of consumption of music is half of what they pay for movies and TV shows on streaming services. So right there, it's 50% undervalued today."
Eurovision Live - The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast live in cinemas across the UK for the first time. Liverpool will host the event on Saturday 13 May, following two semi-finals earlier in the week. Organisers say the screenings will encourage fancy
France - Recently renovated, the new Eurosport France set said goodbye to conventional fixtures to make way for the latest generation of LED luminaires. The compact and versatile Lonestar from ETC was the automated fixture of choice for Eurosport’s technical team and the lighting company Ar'Krys.
The main filming location at Eurosport France is a physical set with a large 20sq.m LED wall as a backdrop. Despite its 45sq.m of usable surface, it has everything you’d expect of a larger set, and can accommodate up to six presenters, columnists, and guests on the three benches and a standing position. Overhead, a grid of wash lights enables different colour combinations. It is complemented by 20 Lonestar fixtures, intended primarily for lighting the talent and effectively rendering skin tones.
The luminaires were carefully selected by Baptiste Arnaud-Benaïs and Georges Krystkowiak from Ar'Krys, who were commissioned by the Eurosport team to propose a new lighting system for the set. They discovered Lonestar in the ETC showroom in Saint-Denis. "We attended a demo at ETC France and then arranged a loan on-site to try the fixture in real conditions,” says Arnaud-Benaïs. “It checked all the boxes: compact but powerful, versatile with great quality of light, and very well positioned in price.”
Florent Marquaire, technical project manager at Eurosport, was keen to replace the existing 300W tungsten Fresnel fixtures, but the replacements had to meet strict criteria. “Previously, we needed a large number of fixtures to cover all the positions," Mar