New Zealand - Pacific Simulators, a flight simulator design and manufacturing company based in Christchurch, New Zealand, has adopted Allen & Heath's compact ZED-10 and ZED-14 analogue mixers as standard in its products.

As part of the company's ongoing research and development, it recently underwent an audio design upgrade, which included the Allen and Heath mixers.

The company's training simulators, certified as official flight crew training machines in many countries, use the ZED-14 mixers, where 2 auxiliary sends are required to facilitate authentic flight crew training. Meanwhi

Austria - The laser show at this year's Lake Festival in Austria was spectacular. Laserfabrik used four RTI NANO RGB 30 laser systems together with Lasergraph DSP controllers for covering the whole venue and creating spectacularly coloured effects.

The German Laserworld company Ray Technologies GmbH, located in Valley next to Munich, manufactures high end show laser light equipment, especially for demanding applications like touring, cruise ships and multimedia shows. The RTI NANO RGB 30 laser systems were especially developed for well-colour-balanced high power applications. Due to t

UK - Students studying music and audio production at the University of Westminster now have access to a new recording facility that incorporates some of the most technologically advanced pro audio equipment on the market today all exclusively connected using Van Damme cable and assemblies from VDC Trading..

After careful planning and budgeting, the new facility on the University's Harrow campus finally opened in July and was put through rigorous testing over the summer prior to the start of the new academic year.

Alan Fisher, previously acting Dean and head of the university's Music

UK - In March 2015, Battersea Arts Centre's Grand Hall was severely damaged by a fire that also affected the technical stores and offices based beneath the space. Whereas the front third of the building re-opened to the public the following day, an extensive capital project went underway for the rest of the venue. From the moment the fire occurred eight months ago, up until the present day, White Light has worked closely with Battersea Arts Centre to help rebuild its lighting set-up, ensuring that its extensive programme of work remains as unaffected as possible.

Battersea Arts Centre

Austria - AV Stumpfl, manufacturer of show control, multimedia and screen technology, has announced a programme of "unprecedented global growth and product development".

"The industry recognises us for our reputation in engineering design, innovation and return on investment," says Tobias Stumpfl, CEO. "Our aim is to become the preferred supplier to more companies, in more regions and in new markets. To achieve this, we need to be faster to deliver products to market, offer even higher levels of localized support and well as offer the industry's best technolog

UK - The latest Bond movie, Spectre, received a sumptuous World Premiere at London's Royal Albert Hall (RAH) in the presence of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry on Monday 26October.

Sony Pictures Releasing (UK), the films distributors hired event specialists Andy Peat Associates to manage the auditorium transformation and Nibbs Events to produce the 'Red Carpet', press and VIP arrivals on the South Steps. These two companies, who worked together successfully on the previous Bond films Die Another Day and Skyfall (that also

China - Created by famed director Franco Dragone, The Han Show in Wuhan, China is thrilling capacity audiences of 2,000 with water-based spectacles supported by a massive and complex Meyer Sound system.

Designed by Vikram Kirby of California's Thinkwell Group, the system comprises 359 self-powered loudspeakers that are processed, distributed, and matrixed by the largest D-Mitri digital audio platform assembled to date, comprising 53 frames.

The system is inordinately complex because, in addition to requirements dictated by a world-class entertainment spectacular, the loudspea

USA - Seven standards are posted for public review on the PLASA North America's TSP website at

Some are reaffirmations of existing standards, some are withdrawals of existing standards, and some (the BSRs) are drafts of new standards. Comments are due before the end of the day on the date shown.

ANSI E1.3 - 2001 (R201x), Entertainment Technology - Lighting Control Systems - 0 to 10V Analog Control Specification. The standard describes a method of controlling current-sink devices and equipment by means of an analogue c

Bulgaria - HB-Laser equipped the flowstone cave in Ledenika, Bulgaria, with advanced multimedia technology: video, laser, sound, LED lighting, fog and water screens have been implemented to add additional attraction and explanatory media to the cave. The European Union supported this project with subsidies, and HB-Laser was chosen as project partner for the implementation, together with their local partner Factor in Sofia.

Making a large scale, complex multimedia installation of this scale is very difficult: The high humidity and in some cases direct water spray requires highly protec

Italy - The Rock The Lahn Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. The stars of the 2015 edition were Limp Bizkit, led by the extrovert Fred Durst and champions of the nu metal and rapcore movements, along with the Broilers, a punk rock group active on the German music scene.

The Festival has become a must-see event in this region in just a few years. The recent editions have fully achieved the organizers' goal of attracting hundreds and thousands of young partying visitors to this summer event, which offers alternative music, fun and a space for reflection on some social

UK - Situated on the site of the world's first railway station, built in 1830, The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology and industry, with emphasis on the city's achievements in these fields.

Also based in the north-west, system integrators Pure AV, who had already carried out past work for the client, were again introduced to provide a sound reinforcement in one particularly challenging area within the Power Hall, and turned to a Martin Audio O-Line solution, as they have many times in the past.

They were t

Italy - Dirty Dancing is a worldwide success that shows no sign of losing its charm. On the contrary, it continues to thrill and entertain new and old generations thanks - among other things - to its faithful theatrical adaptation, which allows you to relive all the excitement and magic of the film in a live show. Since 2004 (the year of its world début) Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage has recorded months and months of sell-outs in its various international versions.

In conjunction with La Contrada - Teatro Stabile di Trieste, Wizard Productions srl acq

Brazil - Barco has teamed up with virtual reality company Sensorama to create Brazil's newest amusement attraction - the first of its kind in Latin America - providing 4K ultra-high resolution projectors that deliver breathtaking cinematic content for a simulated underwater journey.

Immersion rides that plunge visitors into a virtually surreal world have largely been the purview of giant theme parks. However, they are now beginning to emerge as standalone entertainment experiences in public venues around the world. Sensorama is a frontrunner in this trend with the development of VIX:

Italy - A 40,000-strong crowd recently filled the huge square in front of Milan cathedral for a concert staged on the church's steps, featuring the 500-member Italian Gospel Choir, the 12-piece Italian Big Orchestra, guest director US songwriter, producer, composer and recording artist Donald Lawrence and Scots MC Malcolm Charlton (aka Nick the Nightfly), one of Italian FM radio's top personalities, a recording artist on his own right and artistic director of Milan's Blue Note Club.

To ensure the inspired music's intelligibility for the crowd, audio, lighting and stage/support system

Germany - Working with video designer, Ingi Bekk, PRG XL Video supplied a video technology solution for a Hamburg theatre production of Reisende auf einem Bein (Travelling On One Leg), based on the novel by Nobel-prize winning author, Herta Müller.

Adapted for the stage by British theatre director Katie Mitchell OBE, and adviser Rita Thiele, and directed by Mitchell, the production incorporates a multimedia approach to theatre by the use of live cameras on the actors, the feeds from which are then cut live and projected on to screens above, creating the effect that a movie is

USA - After 12 years of being sponsored by Toyota, the Today show's popular musical performances at Rockefeller Centre began a new life as The Citi Concert Series.

It isn't every day that such an iconic piece of American TV culture changes sponsors, so it wasn't surprising that the rechristened programme, which is now sponsored by global banking giant Citi, debuted with a bang. From the high-powered superstar on stage, the charismatic Selena Gomez, to the dazzling lighting array made with Nexus 4x4 LED panels and Next NXT-1 moving fixtures from Chauvet Professional, ever

France - Allen & Heath has confirmed Algam as the new exclusive distributor of its products in the French market. Algam is a leading distributor of MI and professional audio, video and lighting products in France and the Benelux.

"Algam is proud to add such a fantastic brand to its catalogue," says Benjamin Garnier, Algam managing director. "This partnership will enhance our portfolio, and open up new possibilities to further strengthen our standing in the French audio market. We are sincerely excited to develop the Allen & Heath brand in France."

To best serve t

UK - PLASA members are invited to attend a joint PLASA/UKTI round-table event taking place on 3 December in London. "The focus will be on trading overseas, the impact on your business and overcoming perceived barriers. Come and find out how UK Trade & Investment can help you, whether you are just starting to think about exporting or want to do more," says PLASA.

The event kicks off with a networking lunch followed by an address by Richard Parry, who has been involved in export promotion for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Parry will inform attendees about UKTI and outli

USA - Kentucky rock band My Morning Jacket's seventh album, The Waterfall has had critics and fans enraptured with its eclecticism and there's never a dull moment with the band's live shows either as lighting designer Marc Janowitz will attest.

The recent US leg of the current Waterfall tour campaign saw him using 26 x Robe BMFL Spots and 10 x Pointes as the primary moving lights on a rig supplied by VER together with other moving lights.

The BMFLs were deployed on three overhead trusses - five upstage, seven on the mid-truss and six on the front truss, with another eight on

UK - Core's ColourPoint Mk 2 battery powered LED up-lighters were used to great effect by event production company Subfrantic to dramatically illuminate the Imperial War Museum London in Southwark.

The magnificent building - originally built 1812-14 as the Bethlem Hospital - was lit in red for Remembrance Day as it provided a charismatic venue for a high profile charity fundraising event staged by the City Veterans Network (CVN) to raise money for three different military service related charities.

Subfrantic provided full technical production - sound, lighting, video and staging -

UK - The fourth Lumiere festival closed on Sunday night. First estimates put the number of visitors at around 200,000 attending the festival over four nights. The festival is produced by Artichoke and commissioned by Durham County Council with additional support from Arts Council England and a raft of sponsors.

Once again, the city became a new and temporary community of international artists, local people, arts professionals and visitors, all united by a mutual interest in art and a hunger for a transformative collective experience.

Audiences braved the elements to see 29 extraordi

USA - Janet Jackson embarked on a major world tour at the end of August, hitting the road on the initial North American leg with audio production provided by VER Tour Sound, including a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles at front-of-house and monitors. At the end of September, StubHub announced that the early dates, in support of Jackson's new No. 1 album, Unbreakable, placed the tour among the top 10 hottest concerts of the fall season based on sales through the online ticket marketplace.

The non-stop Unbreakable show, which features over 30 songs in just over 90 minutes, generates 1

Germany - West London-based lighting and visuals specialist Colour Sound Experiment was asked to supply lighting, LED screen and crew for the Perry's Stage at the first Lollapalooza event in Europe - staged at Templehof Airfield in Berlin, a famous and much loved landmark.

Perry's stage, named after Perry Farrell, Jane's Addiction lead singer who started the Lolla phenomena in 1991, is now synonymous with the best of dance beats and sounds and this year headliners included Fatboy Slim.

Colour Sound's crew of seven was led by Kester McClure. On site, they all worked very closely with

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