USA - Christmas came in July for the UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Royce Hall tech team, when a recent shipment of ETC Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr arrays was delivered, tested and stencilled with the Royce emblem. A compelling demo of the technology last autumn by ETC's outreach and training specialist Tom Littrell was enough to prompt an order for 18 Series 2 light engines, nine Source Four LED CYC adapters and nine Source Four LED Fresnels.

"What wowed us in the demo was the colour rendition on the Hawaiian shirt," says associate master electrician Anth

Canada - As Rush prepared to launch their latest tour, longtime tour lighting designer Howard Ungerleider of Production Design International Toronto was once again charged with creating the lighting spectacle that would be seen by the multitude of sold-out houses.

After a collaborative process with the production team, Ungerleider turned to Solotech to provide him with the innovative lighting technology to best accentuate the R40 Live tour which included VL4000 BeamWash, VL4000 Spot, VL3500 Wash FX and VL3500 Spot luminaires from Philips Vari-Lite.

"Our designs always begin wit

UK - Wireless LED specialist and manufacturer Core Lighting celebrates the sale of its 4000th ColourPoint wireless LED uplighter as the demand continues for lightweight, long lasting, high output, shadowless wireless LED units that can be quickly deployed in numerous locations at all types of corporate and private events.

When Core's ColourPoint first hit the market in 2013, it made a big impact because at only 4 Kgs, it was a quarter of the weight and considerably more cost effective than its competitors - all attributes offered without any compromise on the quality or light output..

Europe - Currently on the road until the end of October, the Mark Knopfler & Band tour brings all-time Dire Straits and Knopfler classics such as Sultans of Swing and Brothers in Arms to packed arenas throughout Europe and North America.

Not wanting to create a show any less than impressive for the multi-million-selling singer-songwriter - who also ranks 44th on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest guitarists of all time, lighting designer Mark Henderson incorporated 22 Chauvet Professional Nexus Aw 7x7 panels within the lighting show to stunning theatrical effect.

Henderson -

USA - Christmas is almost certainly not the first thing that comes to mind for the large number of people who are enjoying summer evenings on the elegantly appointed deck of Howard Beach's Vetro Restaurant and Lounge. Yet it was an unexpected Yuletide meeting that resulted in the rich, warm and continuously changing lighting display that washes this rooftop area and is as much a part of its captivating charm as its warm ocean breezes and stunning seaside vistas.

Created with a collection of LED fixtures from Iluminarc, Vetro's lighting design can be traced back to December 2014, when

USA - San Francisco rockers Train continue their Bulletproof Picasso tour with the current two month US leg playing a selection of major arenas and sheds, for which LD Brock Hogan has specified 90 x CycFX 4s, 40 x Pointes and 15 x LEDBeam 1000s.

The CycFX 4s and LEDBeam 100s were both new purchases for Orlando based lighting vendor, LMG.

A prominent feature of the design are 10 lighting pods - that move into different positions during the show - providing an interesting, fluid and ever changing geometric element to the stage space.

The LEDBeam 1000s are used as wash fixtures due t

Germany - JoeCo has announced that Peter Wolff Elektroakustik is now representing the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players in Germany.

Based in Recklinghausen, PWE has distributed a range of professional audio and communications products since the 1980s, playing a key role in establishing brands such as Midas and ASL Intercom in the territory. At the helm is industry veteran Peter Wolff, whose early experiences of renting and supplying DASH digital recorders during the 1980s laid a firm foundation for the digital recording technology expertise he has amassed ove

UK - Working with designer, Jonathan Paul Green, XL Video has supplied a package of video projection, screens and LCDs for the latest series of the topical panel game, Mock The Week, produced by Angst Productions for BBC Two.

The show, which is hosted by Dara O Briain and features panellists Hugh Dennis and Andy Parsons, is filmed before a live studio audience shortly before its air date. This ensures that the topics for improvisation are relevant to current news subjects.

The studio incorporates a range of different video elements. The show logo incorporates a world globe, i

Vietnam - Vietnam has spent the last decade as one of the world's fastest-growing economies. As its business and industrial sectors have expanded, so has its entertainment infrastructure, with past years witnessing the arrival of numerous superb new venues - among the more recent of which is the eye-catching Chill Skybar overlooking Ho Chi Minh City.

Since opening its doors for the first time in 2011, the Chill Skybar has become one of the most popular leisure destinations in Vietnam's largest city. But a persistent issue with noise spillage meant that its audio specification was ulti

USA - Eight PLASA draft standards are in public review. The draft documents, review forms, and instructions for submitting comments may be downloaded from the Technical Standards Programme website at Anyone with a material interest is invited to submit comments through the end of the day 28 September 2015. Listed in order by working group, they are:

Control Protocols Working Group

BSR E1.31 - 20xx, Entertainment Technology - Lightweight streaming protocol for transport of DMX512 using ACN

This standard descri

South Africa - One of the most popular and well-attended events during the biennial Mediatech Africa 2015, held in July, were the Lighting Designer Sessions, sponsored and organised by Italian lighting manufacturer Clay Paky.

Presented by multi award winning theatre and opera designer Paule Constable and large-scale arena spectacular lighting designer Durham Marenghi, both sessions were quickly over-subscribed from the moment they were announced and two further sessions were quickly scheduled to absorb the overflow.

Constable, who is also associate director of the National Theatre,

USA - International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival (IKOF), an annual competition dedicated to promoting the next generation of pianists, tasked the recording engineer and producer Mirko Canji with recording the intensive five-day event. The engineer recommended the high-resolution, Direct Stream Digital (DSD) in simultaneous 5.0 multichannel and stereo formats, and turned to DPA Microphones to ensure the most accurate recordings.

Seeking the most accurate recording of the master classes, evening concerts and semi-final and final rounds of the event, Canji, who specializes in chamber a

USA - By offering both a "classic" service and a "connect" service every Sunday, First Baptist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma has been successful in building its congregation. Both services are big productions. The "classic" service requires sound reinforcement for primarily traditional orchestral instruments, whereas the "connect" service delivers a modern-rock vibe with high-energy music, video, and lighting.

As First Baptist pushed its offerings into exciting new territory, they inevitably outgrew their decade-old sound reinforcement system, w

USA - Since their inception in 1977, the Psychedelic Furs have never shied away from making sharp musical turns. Much to the delight of their fans, the legendary UK rockers have weaved like a speedboat from austere art rock to new wave, to rhythmic tunes like their mega-hit Pretty in Pink to hard growling sounds, leaving an impressive body of work in their wake that has influenced a generation of musicians. Apparently, the group applies their daring creative spirit to lighting as well, as evidenced by their sudden decision to enhance their stage presence with an LED rig that feat

UK - DJ, producer and musician Danny Byrd has recently upgraded his creative space at home with a new monitoring set up that features Genelec 8351s.

"I've been working with the 8351s for about four months now and I'm delighted with how things are going," comments Danny. "I do my creative work in my writing studio at home which is not kitted out like a conventional studio - this can present some monitoring challenges, especially when comparing mixes that I might have done elsewhere. When setting up the 8351s, the use of AutoCal software proved invaluable in ironing out a

South Africa - TechRig has now joined SGM's rental portfolio in South Africa with the company's initial purchase of the Q-7 flood blind strobe.

As a leading specialist technical solutions agency, TechRig approached SGM's local distributor S.E.T Africa to expand their rental stock with SGM luminaires. "We were looking for cutting-edge LED solutions, and that's why we selected the SGM products," says director of TechRig, Michael Collyer. He adds, "The Q-7 is a nice small multipurpose unit, which can be used as a colour washing set piece to eye candy extravaganza."

Rwanda - DWR Distribution teamed up with DimBright for an LED installation for Cube Communications Limited in Rwanda.

Johnny Scholtz from DWR advised the client on a cost effective way to light up the set of their new News Studio. Jakes Mogale from DimBright was then commissioned to carry out the installation.

"While it was a very basic install, which included a power supply, controllers and LED strips the end result looked great," commented Jakes. "It was a wonderful experience as it was my first time in East Africa. Johnny had worked out a solution from South Africa

Australia - Queensland's Fifalite Effects Lighting has taken delivery of a new MA Lighting dot2 XL-F, a compact lighting console designed for small to medium sized productions up to 4,096 control channels

Fifalite's managing director David Pfeiffer has always leant towards a different brand of lighting console but he happened to be visiting Brisbane Show Technology on a different matter, when Adam White showed him a brochure for the new dot2 console.

"I had always admired the MA brand in so much as everywhere I go, the grandMA2 seems to be the console of choice," commented

UK - Avolites Titan consoles reigned supreme at Bloodstock Festival, with all stages running Titan for the rock and metal festival that drew more than 15,000 metal heads to Derbyshire this month.

Bloodstock's main 'Ronnie James Dio' stage featured metal heavyweights such as headliners Trivium, Within Temptation and Rob Zombie. LD Ben Coxon controlled using two HSL-supplied flagship Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles, networked together with a TitanNet Processor (TNP). HSL also supplied a dimming solution in the form of two 48-way Avolites ART2000 dimmers for the stage, as well as furthe

USA - The AES139 Convention at the Jacob Javits Centrein New York City (29 October - 1 November 2015), is slated to host "the most in-depth technical programme of the year for audio professionals". The event offers attendees four full days of comprehensive Technical Programme presentations including Workshops, Tutorials, Paper Sessions, Student & Career Development Events, Special Events and more.

Paper topics this year include timely subjects ranging from Audio Education and Forensic Audio, to Cinema Sound, Sound Reinforcement, Spatial Audio and more. Tutorial topics are sl

USA - American hard-rock band Shinedown recently wrapped their summer tour with lighting provided by Bandit Lites. After celebrating their ninth No. 1 single with Cut the Cord off their upcoming studio album Threat to Survival, the band will be back on the road in November with a co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin.

Lighting designer Carter Fulghum used GLP X4S's to provide front light and colour for the stage. Robe Pointes brought punches of colour, cutting through the VL 3000s, the fixture Fulghum deemed "the workhorse of the rig".

Clay Paky B-EYES we

Denmark - The cities of Detroit, Geneva and Frankfurt have something in common. Each plays host to one of the world's biggest and most prominent auto shows. Manufacturers often leverage the attention garnered by these international events to launch new flagship models that will be the core of their business for the year to come.

With so much at stake, brands like Ford, Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover understand that an audience-engaging show booth is worthless without camera-ready, visually stunning displays of their new vehicles. That's why they tap design firms like Imagination and li

UK - A new company specialising in the supply of construction (design and management) services for the event sector is reporting strong demand for their services following the changes to the CDM regulations that came into force on 6 April.

HFL:CDM was established in July 2015 as a direct response to customer demand for CDM consultancy for event and festival projects but has already been selected to provide these for major events sectors such as steam rally events and corporate parties.

HFL:CDM's director, Barry Hird, commented, "Following the changes to the CDM regulations in 2

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