Hungary - The new Audi Arena Gyor, described as "the newest and most modern hall in Hungary", has been equipped with a major RCF system.

According to the Italian company's Hungarian distributor, Chromasound Ltd, this 5,500 capacity multifunctional sports hall is without comparison when it comes to speech intelligibility - thanks largely to the work undertaken by their integration partner, G-Sound Ltd.

Jozsef Gricz was their system designer, working in cooperation with Laszlo Suto, and they specified 40 Acustica C5212-96 two way full range enclosures, with narrow 90° x

USA - Together with the rest of the community, St. Mary's Catholic Church and Elementary School in Joplin, Missouri has faced the difficult, but heartening, task of rebuilding after one of the worst tornados on record destroyed its buildings in 2011. The church and school relocated southwest of the city, where it has more room to comfortably accommodate a larger congregation and a larger student body.

Although unwelcomed, the school capitalized on the opportunity to build new infrastructure, including a multipurpose cafeteria with a flexible sound reinforcement system. A cost-effectiv

USA - When you have only one trailer for a high-profile tour, every fixture you load into it had better count. Butch Allen, the 2014 Parnelli Award Lighting Designer of the Year who has toured with a long list of superstars from Van Halen and Jennifer Lopez to Metallica and Usher, demonstrated this principle in stunning fashion recently when he created a maximum "bang for the inch" rig for the sold-out Dancing With The Stars Live! tour.

"We had to fit everything - and I mean everything -- from costumes and props to the show's famous mirror balls into a single tra

UK - Technical events specialists Broadsword Productions, Crossbow Media and TM Audio Visual (TMAV) have rebranded under one name, the Broadsword Production Group. The move makes things even simpler for clients, who can choose from a range of creative, technical and production event services from one organisation, the company says.

The trio of departments has worked in partnership for a number of years to offer a broad mix of creative, production and technical event services. A sharp increase in demand from clients for a more integrated approach combining all three services, was the m

UK - Vaughan Sound has been awarded a place on a £100m university framework for the supply and installation of audio-visual equipment.

Following an extensive tender competition, the South Wales-based specialist integrator, founded in 1964, has become a preferred supplier for universities and colleges across Wales and South West England.

The agreement is in place from 2 February 2015 until 31 January 2017. It will see Vaughan Sound given the opportunity to provide a range of AV products and installation services to over 30 HEPCW and SUPC registered institutions across the two r

Canada - Solotech has announced its expansion in Toronto with the acquisition of the assets of P.A. Plus Productions. François Ménard, CEO of Solotech, says the transaction will allow Solotech to add P.A. Plus Productions' sound system expertise to services already offered by Solotech in the greater Toronto area. The move will complement Solotech's offer in audio, lighting, video, rigging and scenery and will be an addition to the activities of Midnite Hour Productions, acquired by Solotech last November.

"This is our second acquisition in Toronto in the last three months

UK - Electrosonic has expanded its facilities in Scotland with the opening of a second regional office in Aberdeen. The office in Cults, just outside Aberdeen City Centre, will be used to support its growing business in the city and the region.

The new Aberdeen office will provide local service and workshop facilities, stores, and a fabrication space. The Edinburgh office continues to offer a full set of services and has recently been refurbished.

Colin Lemmings, Director of Electrosonic's corporate business, commented, "Having worked in the Aberdeen area for four years, openin

South Africa - The first Robe BMFLs have been in action on a variety of events in South Africa, utilized by some of the country's leading lighting designers, the new multi-purpose fixtures have certainly been put through their paces on a wide variety of shows.

The very first South African based LD to use them was production designer Tim Dunn of Gearhouse South Africa (GHSA) on the Krone Music Festival at the Grand Arena, Grandwest Casino, Cape Town. The event is one of the most popular SA showcases for Afrikaans music, and this year Tim's in-the-round concept brought a new standard of

South Africa - Johannesburg-based DWR Distribution will be hosting Avolites training sessions this month, with a one-day Titan One training session on 24 February, followed by a three-day Basic to Advanced course from 25-27 February. The training will be presented by DWR's Gareth Chambers.

Nick Britz from DWR comments: "Gareth Chambers hosts regular training sessions which are well received by the industry. He has a great knowledge on lighting and control, having formally worked in the rental market. He is also very passionate about sharing this knowledge."

The Titan One D

Austria - It is 75 years of the Hahnenkamm Downhill and Slalom Races in the Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel. The organisers of the Skiclub Kitzbühel rely on a partnership with the local rental company Murdock Event & Media who assembled a large production team for the event, sparing neither expense nor effort for this complicated audio challenge on the SlalomTrack and chose K-array loudspeakers which have proved reliable in extreme weather conditions at other key ski events such as the Val Viemme in Italy.

The masterpiece of this year's sound reinforcement design was the Firenze Se

UK - GV Multi-media has completed the rollout of Panasonic projectors at Kingston University, part of a £30m investment towards improving the learning environment and IT facilities.

One hundred and seventy Panasonic PT-RZ370 laser/LED projectors were installed by GV Multi-media, in lecture and seminar rooms across the University estate.

"Our academics love them," said Simon Harrison, acting pro-vice chancellor (operations) at Kingston University. "The projectors are fast start, so they can get the material up almost immediately. What's more, content looks great,

UK - The Pound Bar & Kitchen has become the first evidence of the redevelopment of Canterbury's 600-year old jail after the local council awarded the lease of one of its famous landmarks to One Pound Lane Ltd. Part of the complex, that includes the Westgate Towers Museum, dates back to 1380.

Headed by lighting installation and interior design specialist Steve Allen (of Lightqube Ltd), the team of contractors has restored former police station cells never before open to the public, transforming them into private dining rooms as part of the atmospheric restaurant and bar, retaining orig

USA - Every music festival offers fans a chance to get away from it all, but few do this quite so dramatically - or literally - as Jam Cruise and Holy Ship! Produced by Cloud 9 Adventures, these floating festivals serve up hours of live music on the decks of cruise ships plying their way through the warm Caribbean waters to exotic ports of call like Half Moon Bay, Bahamas and Roatán, Honduras.

The Design Oasis (Davie, FL) created an engaging environment at both nautical music fests with a lightshow designed by Cris Kuroda that's anchored by 72 MVP 12 LED video panels from Chauvet Pro

South Korea - Psy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul's 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed All Night Stand, the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound Leo linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

"The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of Leo is huge with Psy's music," says Park Dong Won, the singer's veteran FOH engineer. "The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I'm not just confident in specifyin

China - Billed as the world's first indoor movie theme park, the highly-anticipated Wuhan Movie Theme Park in the Chinese city of Wuhan - four hours by rail from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - has now opened its doors with Delta Media Server solutions powering huge displays inside three of the six digital theatre 'dark-ride' experiences.

The $690m three-storey theme park owned by Dalian Wanda Group - the Chinese conglomerate that controls the AMC cinema chain in North America - has six state-of-the-art immersive and multi-dimensional movie ride experiences which operators claim mak

UK - Well-known for its work in the concert touring and corporate events markets, sound rental company BCS Audio is a long-term advocate of L-Acoustics sound systems. The company's recent investment in a K2 variable curvature WST line source system underlines its commitment to high quality audio solutions and adds an extra dimension to its offering.

"Our inventory already included V-DOSC, DV-DOSC, Kara, and Kiva systems, in fact, pretty much the whole range of L-Acoustics products, so investing in K2 seemed like the next logical step," says BCS managing director David Shephe

UK - Tenor Alfie Boe's career has only gained strong momentum ever since he was famously discovered polishing cars at Blackpool's TVR Factory at age 17. He recently undertook a major UK tour, where Martin Professional's newest MAC Quantum Profile fixtures proved that they are perfectly at home in live arena-sized productions.

Running from 29 November 29 to 13 December, 2014, the 11-show tour stopped at most of the UK's major arenas. Lite Alternative supplied lighting, with the rig including five Martin Professional MAC Quantum profiles and 15 Mac Vipers.

"We were trying to crea

UK - Stage One, the company currently constructing the UK Pavilion for the Milan 2015 Expo and who realised Thomas Heatherwick's spectacular cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics, has launched a new website (www.stageone.co.uk).

Designed to reflect the company's capabilities and reveal what goes on behind the scenes, the new website will showcase some of Stage One's most recent projects and the new direction of its creative construction and manufacturing services.

Working with designers, artists and architects, Stage One has evolved into a multi-faceted fabrication operation. The co

UAE - The Nexo Soundcheck event is taking place in Dubai in February. In conjunction with V.V.& Sons, the Nexo distributor for the region, the French manufacturer will stage a special one-day ETC training seminar, followed by "a spectacular live demonstration" of its latest compact line-array products the Geo M6 and the STM Series.

Headquartered at the Intercontinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City, the Nexo Soundcheck will take place on 24-25 February, and everybody is welcome, subject to a free registration with V.V. & Sons.

On Tuesday 24, Nexo's training manager and conc

Israel - Located about 500m from the beach in Israel's fifth largest city, Ashdod, Leonardo Plaza Hotel got a stunning lighting makeover before it's opening in September last year.

LumenRadio's distributor in Israel, Danor Theatre and Studio systems Ltd, supplied and installed 13 units of Studio Due's City Beam LED 12 at the front façade of the hotel prior to the opening.

The City Beams have been fitted with integrated LumenRadio's wireless CRMX OEM DMX receiver modules allowing remote data control, which is especially useful for outdoor applications, for convenience of operation a

Denmark - XL Video supplied projection, video, lighting and audio design, plus equipment and crew to the annual AIR 2014 conference, staged at the Hotel Scandic in Copenhagen over two days.

XL Video collaborated with full-service international Event Management Company Ashfield Meetings & Events and global healthcare communications agency QXV Communications, an Ashfield Healthcare company, who were working for end client InterMune, a leading Swiss biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic

Canada - The award-winning W-DMX technology by Wireless Solution Sweden AB was once again used on Canada's prestigious Grey Cup Halftime Show, held at the BC Place in Vancouver. The game decides the champion of the Canadian Football League. The halftime show was designed by Vancouver-based Electric Aura and featuring rock band Imagine Dragons.

W-DMX was hard at work high above the stage and over the audience. Production designer Robert Sondergaard of Electric Aura explains, "We used the W-DMX to get from the field level up to the jumbotron. We had some Martin MAC III fixtures the

Europe - When American R&B/Hip-Hop star Usher set out on his 50-date The UR Experience US and European tour to promote his latest album UR, his touring LD Eric Wade (of FOHShow) was carrying an inventory that included no fewer than 216 of GLP's compact and highly flexible X4 S LED spots.

They form a focal part of the design conceived by production designers Baz Halpin and Chris Nyfield (Silent House) and Wade himself. Coincidentally, all had been early adopters of the X4 S platform.

On the UR Experience Tour, these are mainly deployed on the upstage wall of the automat

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