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amg-claypaky-sharpy-plusAMG International adds Claypaky Sharpy Plus
Monday, 22 July 2019

Italy - AMG International has recently purchased 150 Sharpy Plus units, Claypaky's new hybrid lights.
Alex Vinciguerra, general manager of AMG International, reports: “Our initial requirements were to add a high performance light to our range, one which was suitably versatile for our events. In order to choose the equipment which suited our needs best, we carried out a series of comparative tests and asked lighting designers and operators for their opinions. Claypaky's Sharpy Plus was the only one that really had all the features we were looking for, including power, versatility and low weight.”
The Claypaky Sharpy Plus is a fully-fledged hybrid light, with two independent operating modes, weighing only 23kg (50.71lb). In beam mode, its aerial effects stand out thanks to the unit’s extraordinary light output. In spot mode, its light is diffused more evenly allowing you to project wonderfully uniform visual effects.
Alex Vinciguerra adds: “We have always seen Claypaky as the benchmark in our industry. We have a lot of Claypaky models in our stock, including the Scenius Profile, Mythos, Sharpy, Sharpy Wash, and Alpha Wash, Spot and Profile units. We have always appreciated their excellent reliability and versatility of use. When we saw the Sharpy Plus units at work, they immediately struck us as the natural continuation of the top quality choice we have always made. We therefore opted for a notable investment, also because of their very competitive price when considering their excellent top leader performance.”
AMG International has b

tslsmarty-max2TSL Production invests in Elation’s Smarty MAX
Friday, 19 July 2019

Germany - TSL Production, a full-service event agency has purchased Elation Professional’s new Smarty MAX high-output hybrid moving head, the first to do so worldwide. The company, from Pulheim near Cologne, has ample experience with Elation products with the new Smarty MAX joining TSL Elation inventory of Artiste DaVinci, SixPar 100 IP and DARTZ 360 fixtures.
Frank Schmitz, owner of TSL Production, spoke of the decision to add the Smarty MAX to their inventory. “We sought an all-round moving light for multiple purposes and after numerous tests and shootouts the decision fell on the Smarty MAX. The compact design and application as a spot, beam or wash impressed us. We were convinced of the unit’s CMY colour mixing as well as the fact that you can superimpose different prisms and still have enough output.
“With its numerous features and enormous light output, real unique effects can be generated that are unparalleled in this class of fixture. The lifetime of the lamp and the manufacturer's warranty was the icing on the cake.”
With the Smarty MAX, Elation has introduced a new member of the Smarty family that combines high light output, long lamp life and a comprehensive package of features in one compact and lightweight hybrid unit. The combination of a Platinum Flex 400 lamp (particularly cost-efficient with a long life of 4,000 hours), a perfectly matched optical system and a 160mm front lens results in a bright 20,000 lumens of light output. Fully equipped with a complete design package, the powerful hybrid luminaire has flexible use a

ladderLadder Association responds to ORR prosecution
Friday, 19 July 2019

UK - A recent prosecution at Westminster Magistrates’ Court is a stark reminder of just what is at stake when work at height is not properly planned and supervised, says the Ladder Association.
The court heard that a railway maintenance worker suffered significant injuries including a broken collarbone, 11 broken ribs and a punctured lung after falling 4.3m from a ladder while cutting back vegetation. Following the accident, the victim spent 13 days in intensive care during which time he underwent two major operations and now has metal plates pinning his clavicle and ribs. He has been unable to return to his former occupation.
The maintenance contractor pleaded guilty to an offence under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £500,000, with £9,896.19 in costs.
The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) investigation found that the site inspection had been inadequate, work was neither properly planned nor appropriately supervised and as such, the contractor failed to realise that using ladders was inappropriate for the task and exposed workers to the risk of falling.
In response to this prosecution, the Ladder Association - the not-for-profit authority dedicated to promoting the safe use of ladders and stepladders - is urging all ladder users, and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders, to put ladder training at the top of their height safety agenda.
Dennis Seaton, chair of the association’s training committee, comments: “There are many situations where a ladder can be the right solution, but they shouldn’t aut

blitzBlitz and Manchester Central extend partnership
Thursday, 18 July 2019

UK - The Manchester Central exhibition and conference complex has extended its partnership with technical event production specialist Blitz to be its in-house partner for AV services.
The agreement contracts Blitz, which has worked with Central for 11 years, until 2022.
Carol Gibbs, director of venues for Blitz, comments: “We are thrilled to be selected as Manchester Central’s in-house AV partner for another three years. The venue is a landmark in the city and beyond, and with so many meeting space options to play with, it’s an AV supplier’s dream. We look forward to creating many extraordinary and memorable experiences for both the venue and their clients.”
Sarah Bickerton, director of events at Manchester Central, adds: “We’ve built up a really strong working relationship with the Blitz team and are looking forward to continuing to work with them in the future. We get extremely positive client feedback about our AV offer and so we’re delighted to continue our partnership.”
(Jim Evans)

malogor4farbigcmykMA Lighting continues anti-counterfeiting campaign
Thursday, 18 July 2019

World - MA Lighting has continued to follow its strategy against product piracy at recent tradeshows around the globe.
The German lighting console manufacturer carried out similar action in 2018, when it joined forces with Avolites to block infringing companies from exhibiting counterfeit products.
“Copying our products is a crime and will be punished with all legal consequences,” MA has warned in a statement.
The manufacturer recently took action at Prolight+Sound Guangzhou, GET Show, Sound Check Exhibition and Palm Expo India, where counterfeit consoles were removed from the showfloors, while offending stands were shut by officials.
At Prolight+Sound Guangzhou, MA Lighting was supported by show organisers who cooperated with the removal of counterfeit desks and catalogues from the showfloor. At the GET Show, the manufacturer had been assured that [counterfeit] copies would no longer be tolerated at the tradeshow.
MA also highlighted that the situation at Sound Check Exhibition in Mexico and Palm Mumbai in India had “much improved” compared to last year, “with minimal counterfeit activity to report”.
The lighting console manufacturer had also taken down numerous counterfeit console announcements posted on various social media platforms.
(Jim Evans)

jdc1Bandit Lites extends GLP inventory
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

USA - It has been an action-packed summer for Bandit Lites with tours and festivals rolling out at a breakneck speed. To keep up with the demand, Bandit has added further GLP fixtures to its touring inventory including JDC1 Strobes, KNV Cubes and X4 Bar 20s.
The X4 Bar 20 is out a large number of Bandit tours in including Garth Brooks with Dave Butzler, Widespread Panic with Paul Hoffman, Jason Aldean with Nick Whitehouse and most recently on Robb Jibson’s design for Chevelle.
The award-winning JDC1 Strobes can be seen on several Bandit systems, including Nick Whitehouse’s rig for Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour along, John Lucksinger’s design for ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary tour and Chris Lisle’s Chris Young design.
“When I saw the preview of the JDC1 a few years ago at LDI I knew it would be a hit,” says Jake Tickle, Bandit Lites director of technical services. “GLP did a great job at ticking all of the boxes for what designers wanted in a hybrid strobe. The JDC1 will be an industry standard for years to come.”
The new KNV system from GLP can be used as a blinder, strobe, pixel mapped surface, washlight and more, providing designers an entire new realm of looks to explore. Lighting designer Dave ‘Gig’ Butzler is currently using over 100 of the new KNV Cube on Garth Brooks Stadium World Tour, giving audiences dazzling looks no matter where in the stadium they’re seated.
“GLP has a way of setting trends, which is not easy in this industry,” Tickle adds. “I feel they have done that again with the

illuminate-lighting-grows-its-networks-with-luminex-luminodeIlluminate Lighting adds Luminex LumiNode
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

UK - Rental and support company Illuminate Lighting has become one of the first in the UK to take delivery of the new LumiNode from Luminex, supplied by exclusive UK distributor A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET).
Jonathan Pask, Illuminate Lighting’s managing director, comments: “I chose to invest in the new LumiNodes because they are the latest generation from Luminex which build on the features and reliability of the previous generation. I have every faith that the new features in the LumiNodes will become invaluable on our future projects.”
Within days of the LumiNodes arriving at Illuminate Lighting, they were sent straight out as part of a control system for a high-profile event. Jonathan’s experience with Luminex gave him confidence that the brand new LumiNodes would perform without a worry.
Jonathan continues: “We use Luminex products as the backbone of our control systems in all aspects of our work including concert touring, corporate, TV, film and festivals.”
The LumiNodes join Illuminate Lighting’s extensive Luminex portfolio, including a networking infrastructure based around Luminex Gigacore, and Luminex LumiSplit DMX/RDM splitters.
He concludes: “Luminex continues to provide us with feature rich and reliable products that allow us to create efficient solutions for our clients. With more and more of our clients recognising the value that Luminex products provide, demand is continuing to increase and we will keep on investing in products that meet those demands.”
(Jim Evans)

kartfestKartfest 2019 most successful to date
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

UK - Five years on from the original 14 teams and £7,000 raised, Kartfest 2019, the charity fundraiser organised by Backup, raised £28,300 with 34 teams taking part in the event.
With a diverse mix of manufactures, rental companies, agencies and end-clients arriving at Daytona at Surrey’s Sandown Park each year, Kartfest has become a must attend annual event for the entertainment technology industry.
The 2019 headline sponsor was Chauvet, with further support from Autograph, Creative Technology, The Technical Department, IPS, JPP bars and Heli-Teli as production partners.
“We have really established this day as a date for all of the industry to come together and meet up, race and raise an amazing amount of money for Backup and subsequently the industry,” says Kartfest organiser and Backup trustee Lee Dennison. “And the support from our sponsor and production partners was, as always, incredible.”
“It’s was not only a brilliant day of reflection and fundraising for our industry family, but also one of the best industry social events of the year,” confirms Scott Arnold, group managing director of Autograph Sound Recording.
Falling on 4 July, the theme dictated itself and a celebration of our cousins on the other side of the Atlantic elicited some interesting costumes and the spirit of the day was embraced by one and all.
A full day of racing, pit stop challenges, BBQ food, beers, comedy from Danny Posthill - one of the comedians who appeared at last year’s Comfest and who is set to re-appear at this year’s sho

3lrlightingltd-logo1ETC appoints rep agency for the UK
Wednesday, 17 July 2019

UK - ETC has appointed multi-disciplinary controls systems and lighting design firm 3LR Lighting as a representative organisation in the UK.
The company will act as an ‘additional resource’ to ETC’s dealer network, with the aim to promote ETC’s architectural products, which include the recently-acquired ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem ranges from GDS.
The Somerset-based business is helmed by a team that features former GDS MD Matthew Lloyd in the role of director of global business. “He brings over 30 years of experience in the industry with a thorough knowledge of the architectural market place and its future direction. His previous experience of successfully developing the ArcSystem, BluesSystem and CueSystem sales path provides a strong foundation for progressing ETC’s architectural business in the UK,” says ETC in a statement.
Lloyd comments: “We are delighted to represent ETC and be part of developing its architectural market presence in the UK. We look forward to bringing the company’s architectural range to the forefront and identifying new and emerging sectors to grow in.”
Darren Beckley, sales manager for ETC, adds: “ETC has targeted architecture as an area of focused growth throughout Europe and introducing 3LR as a rep agency is a positive step in driving this forward. As ETC continues to expand its product offering across both the architectural and entertainment sectors, 3LR will support our dealers to ensure that only the best solutions are provided for our customers’ needs.”
(Jim Evans)

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Park Life - Bob Dylan and Neil Young co-headlined a UK gig for the first time in London's Hyde Park last weekend. "I've never played in daylight before," joked Young, who went on stage first, adding: "It's great to see everybody."
The event, which was originally billed as part of the Barclaycard presents BST series, went ahead as a solo concert without any sponsorship. That's after he refused to perform at a festival bearing the name of what he called "a fossil fuel-funding entity".
Young and Dylan had played on-stage together previously in 1992 - alongside George Harrison and Eric Clapton - at a New York gig to mark 30 years of the American's music, and before that at The Band's last-ever gig in 1976, which was captured on film by Martin Scorsese in The Last Waltz. Whispers murmured around Hype Park that it could happen again during Dylan's set, but it was not to be.
Barclaycard resumes its Hyde Park summertime takeover this weekend with performances from Florence + the Machine, The National and Robbie Williams.
Sound Tracks - First Night Records, an independent label which specialises in West End and Broadway cast recordings, has been acquired by Warner Music Group. As part of the deal - the value of which has not been disclosed - First Night will be overseen by WMG’s Arts Music division, led by its president Kevin Gore. First Night was founded by John Craig and Tony Edwards in 1984, with their recording of Singin’ in the Rain. It has since recorded more than 150 productions. These comprise all of Cameron Mackintosh

pavel--andreEM Acoustics moves into Russia with Hi-Tech Media
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Russia - EM Acoustics has sealed an exclusive distribution agreement for Russia with AV equipment supplier Hi-Tech Media.
The Moscow company was founded in 2011 and focused on the congress, conferencing and public address markets but has since expanded into the AV market and is positioned among the leading suppliers, representing over 40 brands and working closely with over 600 dealers throughout Russia and CIS.
“We are proud to start our collaboration with EM Acoustics,” says Pavel Shemiakin, professional audio systems brand manager at Hi-Tech Media. “Their systems sound amazing! Incredibly accurate, responsive, and natural with excellent dynamics and great headroom. With EM Acoustics, we can supply our partners with high-performance line array elements that are capable of covering five-digit capacity venues. In addition to their excellent line array solutions, EM Acoustics also has a range of compact systems suitable for everything from small huddle rooms to theatres and congress halls.”
EM Acoustics’ Mike Wheeler adds: “We’ve been working hard on strengthening our distribution network, and Russia is potentially a huge market, so we’re thrilled to be working with Hi-Tech Media who are already very strong in the corporate market and fast gaining traction on the rental and live entertainment side. The timing is perfect for us as a brand, and gives HTM the tools they need to address new markets.”
(Jim Evans)

ayrton-polandAyrton appoints Lunatec in Poland
Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Poland - Ayrton has appointed Lunatec as its new exclusive distributor for Poland.
Warsaw-based Lunatec was formed by CEO Michał Bisikiewicz and sales manager Adrian Gediga last December with the sole purpose of distributing the full range of Ayrton products in Poland. Bisikiewicz has over 20 years of experience in the sales and lighting equipment rental in Poland, particularly in broadcast, while Gediga brings an equal pedigree from 20 years of experience in Germany, where he worked for Ayrton’s former German distributor, VisionStage.
Linnea Ljungmark, international sales for Ayrton, comments: “The fact that Lunatec was founded to distribute Ayrton says it all. We have the moving lights and they have the local network and energy to strongly move forward - a perfect match.”
Bisikiewicz adds: “Ayrton has always been a stand-out company and its presence at Prolight+Sound showed it has the full spectrum of products with a beautiful homogeneity across them all.
“But when Ayrton released its Ghibli profile spot, followed by Khamsin, our decision was made. Here was a product that could do everything and showed Ayrton was moving in a good direction; it caught the attention of all the big companies in Poland. We were approached by Michael Althaus, Ayrton’s global sales director, who explained Ayrton’s road map for the future, and we are convinced that Ayrton is number one for products, without equal.”
He continues: “It is lighting designers who create the market, and Polish rental houses are keen to keep up with the latest equ

prolightsPrisma adds energy-efficient Prolights
Monday, 15 July 2019

Germany - Full service events provider Prisma has recently invested in the Prolights Gallery Eclipse range of LED ellipsoidals.
Bielefeld-based Prisma has been providing light, sound and media technology equipment to a range of events for more than 20 years. In late 2018, the company decided to invest in energy efficient LED technology zoom profile luminaires, choosing 120 Prolights Gallery Eclipse fixtures as the right fit due to the lights’ pleasing aesthetic features and zoom flexibility along with high CRI output.
Prisma's owner, Walter Helms, comments: "The Prolights Gallery Eclipse units were the obvious choice because of the combination of elegant design, high build quality, extremely clean cut-off of the four barn doors, not to mention the outstanding light output being comparable to a 650W halogen profiler. The small mini-profile spot light allows for great flexibility through the onboard WDMX. On top of all that, it offers an excellent price to performance ratio."
(Jim Evans)

shureShure joins Microsoft Teams programme
Friday, 12 July 2019

UK - Shure Incorporated has joined the Microsoft Teams certification programme and is working to achieve certification for a select portfolio of Shure networked systems products.
Microsoft Teams provides a complete online meeting solution that includes online meetings, live broadcasts, Microsoft Team Rooms, cloud video interoperability and audio conferencing.
“We are excited to announce that several of our core products are in the process of becoming certified for Microsoft Teams,” comments Chris Merrick, director global systems marketing at Shure. “Joining the Microsoft Teams certification process is a clear indicator of our intention to provide best-in-class experience, compatibility and reliability in the unified communications market.”
(Jim Evans)

eventec-team1234Eventec to distribute PR Lighting in Australia
Friday, 12 July 2019

Australia - Eventec has been appointed PR Lighting’s new exclusive Australian distributor.
“Given the prior relationship between PR Lighting, and notably Sasha Xiong, with myself and our operations manager Yan Shao, it seemed obvious that Eventec would be in an excellent position to bring PR Lighting back to Australia,” says Eventec MD, Emanuel Maniatis,
Xiong adds: “Emanuel Maniatis is an old friend of PR Lighting, and his extensive knowledge about our products, the industry and the market trends makes this an ideal partnership. I believe Eventec can offer high quality service and support, and take PR to another level in Australia and benefit all our customers there.”
Maniatis had formerly been the service manager, and later purchasing manager for one of the previous distributors for PR Lighting, dating back to the days when the manufacturer was an OEM supplier. “PR Lighting has been in Australian for some time,” he explains. “Their product is of high quality and they have a very good development team.
“Up to this date we have been supplying middle-range lighting, and PR Lighting would sit in the upper range of our portfolio. Significantly, it has also introduced a large range of architectural products.”
He confirmed that Eventec would guarantee “top quality support and reasonable pricing” to bring the confidence back in the market, and they have wasted no time in honouring this commitment. “We have started supporting the products which are already in the market and our demonstration stock will be here during

absenPrase Media Technologies joins Absen network
Thursday, 11 July 2019

Italy - Prase Media Technologies is the latest addition to Absen’s value added distributor (VAD) network. Prase will promote Absen LED products in Italy and provide training for local end users as well as building showrooms, exhibiting at relevant trade fairs and organising roadshows.
The company joins a list of Midwich Group plc group members from France, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain. The agreement, which is already into effect, will also strengthen the growing video portfolio of the Veneto-based distributor.
“Prase started life as an audio distributor, setting very high standards for ourselves along the way,” comments Ennio Prase, managing director and BDM at Prase Media Technologies. “Recently, we have been working hard to build our video portfolio up to meet those same levels and have identified Absen as a perfect partner in this process.”
He adds: “Absen is one of the industry leaders in LED technology and they share our vison about the market potential of Italy. We fully intend to contribute to the growth of it, not only by responding to demand, but by creating new opportunities via Absen’s innovative technologies.”
Davide Buonasorte, sales retail, rental and broadcasting manager at Prase, says: "We are very excited to embark on this new chapter in the company’s story. In the rental sector in particular, a channel that I personally deal with, our portfolio showed a substantial technological gap. We lacked high quality and technologically advanced solutions: we soon realised Absen was the thing that was mis

biamp-community-apart-wBiamp acquires Community and Apart Audio
Thursday, 11 July 2019

USA - Biamp has acquired Audioprof Group International, the parent company of Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio.
The two audio brands will join as separate product families within Biamp's product portfolio but business functions will gradually blend to form a single Biamp business.
Rashid Skaf, Biamp president, CEO, and co-chairman, comments: “I am tremendously excited to complete this transaction. Building a comprehensive lineup of speakers has been a priority of mine as we move to position Biamp as a full line provider of professional audiovisual solutions. Acquiring Apart Audio and Community Loudspeakers was my preferred route to accomplishing that quickly with incredibly strong and respected brands. The many products added to our portfolio give us powerful positions in several key growth markets for Biamp - most notably retail, hospitality, restaurants, stadiums, and outdoor venues. With this move, Biamp has clearly established itself as a leader in the pro AV market.”
The Audioprof Group International acquisition comes just seven months after Biamp acquired sound masking specialist Cambridge Sound Management and underpins the AV giant's aggressive growth strategy under Skaf's direction.
Kris Vermuyten, CEO of Apart Audio, adds: “I am thrilled that Community Loudspeakers and Apart Audio are joining the Biamp family. The great product complementarity and geographical fit strengthen my belief that we are now part of one of the

norwayProstage stages Prolights Oslo workshop
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Norway - Prostage, the Oslo-based distributors of Prolights, invited lighting designer Fredrik Jönsson to lead a two-day workshop hosted in Oslo’s Riksteatret. The designer discussed various design techniques, stories and lessons learned throughout his career in the entertainment industry.
Fredrik Jönsson designed the lighting for the international Eurovision final in Malmö in 2013 and in Stockholm in 2016 and was awarded an LLB Award for best Lighting Design for his work on the 2013 Eurovision final. In 2019, he designed the lighting for Melodifestivalen (the national Swedish Eurovision finals), bringing his grand total of live performances for Melodifestivalen to 103.
Jönsson drew from his vast experience of designing global concert tours, international events and broadcast and concocted the two-day interactive seminar program covering topics such as basic lighting principles, WYSIWYG, CAD Visualisations and methodologies in practice.
During the CTO and CRI discussions, the LD tested the RA series fixtures independently and commented on how impressed he was with the high standard of light quality, the 6000+K and the impressive measured open white values of over 92 produced by the RA2000 and the RA3000.
For the duration of the workshop a full Prolights rig was on display for visitors to get ‘up close and personal’ with the fixtures and ask the Prostage team any fixture related questions. The workshop was well attended and encouraged participation, discussion and debate.
Prostage sales manager Carl August Tidmann comme

prolyteSabre Structures joins Prolyte as US distributor
Wednesday, 10 July 2019

USA - Prolyte Group has partnered with Houston entrepreneur Craig Koopersmith to distribute Prolyte products under his rigging and trussing services company, Sabre Structures.
Koopersmith is the CEO of the Sabre Group of Companies, which also includes service exhibit and design firm Skyline Displays of Houston, and corporate interiors and signage specialist, Innovative Environments. The Group supports the tradeshow, display and interior environment sectors and works with Houston-based clients ranging from sole proprietors to Fortune 100 corporations.
The addition of Prolyte products will complement Sabre Structures’ existing display modules whilst enabling the company to offer larger, truss-based tradeshow exhibits and stands. It will also expand the Group’s operation into the event staging and entertainment sectors.
Keith Bohn, Prolyte general sales manager - North America, comments: “We are excited to partner with Craig and his team of companies. As Houston is a hub for major events, both corporate and entertainment related, we look forward to working together and expanding Prolyte’s presence in the US market.”
Koopersmith adds: “Our partnership with Prolyte grows our group’s capability from tradeshow exhibit systems into event and staging solutions. It is a natural progression of our expertise, and we are excited about the potential.”
To launch the Prolyte product line, Sabre Structures debuted a Prolyte Arc Roof at its 13th annual Mardi Gras party in Houston where the band played zydeco music as guests entered the eve

eesmidwichearproMidwich subsidiary Earpro acquires EES
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Spain - Midwich has announced its Spanish subsidiary Earpro S.A has acquired the entire issued share capital of value-added lighting solutions distributor Entertainment Equipment Supplies S.L (EES).
Based near San Sebastian and founded in 2004 by Nacho Acha-Orbea, EES distributes products from key vendors including Robe Lighting, Verlinde and Prolyte on an exclusive basis to the Spanish market with a focus on the live events and rental sectors.
The acquisition will strengthen Midwich’s position in the Spanish and Portuguese markets, particularly in relation to lighting.
Miguel Mezquita, MD of Earpro, comments: "Having known Nacho and his team for a number of years, I am confident that we can look forward to a successful partnership between Earpro and EES. I believe we will now be able to provide customers of both companies with an even higher level of service, whilst continuing to strengthen relationships with our vendor partners."
Nacho Acha-Orbea, MD of EES, adds: "I am excited at the opportunity to work with my new colleagues at Earpro and the Midwich Group. I am confident that by becoming part of the Group we can continue to build on the strong platform and market leading position we already hold in the Iberian lighting market.”

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Then Play On - Entertainment venues in Scotland will receive protection from noise complaints after the ‘agent of change’ planning principle was enshrined into Scottish law. The principle means if an existing entertainment venue is in place before a new development is built nearby, the developer is responsible for soundproofing against noise.
An amended version of the Planning (Scotland) Bill was passed into law on 21 June, which included the agent of change principle as well as four other references to culture. The other references require culture to be considered in local development plans, town and county planning and the country’s National Planning Framework.
A group representing 50 arts organisations in Scotland called Culture Counts has welcomed the changes. Executive leader of Culture Counts Jennifer Hunter says: “The Planning (Scotland) Bill has recognised the cultural sector and its value to communities in Scotland. We’re pleased that politicians and civil servants understand the wider importance of the protection of culture; due to well-known benefits that span across health and social care, education and the economy.”
Croydon Aspires - Fairfield Halls’ new head has said he wants the relaunched venue to become Croydon’s answer to the Southbank Centre, as it prepares to open its doors for the first time in three years. The Fairfield Halls building has a similar Brutalist style to the Southbank - Europe’s largest arts centre, based in central London - and its venue director Neil Chandler has said he aspires for the s

sensaphonics-gold-circle-062919Sensaphonics holds Gold Circle Seminar
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

USA - Experts in hearing wellness at Sensaphonics recently held a Gold Circle Seminar in Chicago to promote hearing protection practices in the music industry.
Five audiologists from across the US learned the basics of live sound production along with insights on how to help musicians and sound engineers achieve both robust stage monitoring while retaining their long-term hearing health. Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci and sound engineering consultant Joe Tessone of Mystery Street Recording Company, led the two-day seminar.
“One of the biggest issues with IEMs is that they aren’t covered in audiology school,” says Santucci. “The Gold Circle Seminar fills that gap by teaching how IEMs work, how they are used professionally, and how they can be used more safely. Where others offer vague suggestions on how to use in-ears safely, Sensaphonics remains uniquely committed to musicians’ hearing health.”
The two-day seminar goes beyond taking ear impressions for custom IEMs, providing a unique mix of practical and technical product information. Participants learn through a series of classroom sessions covering topics like IEM and hearing protection technology for musicians; concert sound system design, backstage etiquette, and marketing to musicians, production personnel, and fans. Attendees are also trained in taking proper ear impressions to Sensaphonics specifications. The seminar concludes with a hands-on live music rehearsal at Mystery Street Recording Company in Chicago, working directly with a live band experiencing in-ear mon

blitzthe-phantom-of-the-operaBlitz boosts inventory with Sennheiser
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

UK - AV and event production company Blitz has announced that it has added the Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone series to its inventory.
Blitz is also one of the first companies in the UK to add the SK6212 mini-bodypack transmitter to its inventory, meaning it now has an even greater offering for clients.
Both Blitz and Sennheiser recently worked in partnership, exhibiting at this year’s ABBT Theatre Show at Alexandra Palace, and had their technical advisors on-hand to give visitors the chance to see the latest products and technology on offer and give advice to help sound designers and engineers boost the sound quality and reliability at events and shows.
Aron Ross, director of sound, at Blitz, comments: “We are delighted to be one of the first production companies in the UK to be able to offer our clients the very latest in sound technology from Sennheiser.
“Sennheiser has been a long-term partner and supplier to Blitz and we trust the quality of their technology and want to bring only the best of their cutting-edge equipment to our clients.”
(Jim Evans)

2019holidaycards300x200Behind the Scenes Holiday Cards on sale
Tuesday, 9 July 2019

USA - Behind The Scenes (BTS) holiday cards are now on sale for 2019, the charity has announced.
All proceeds will benefit BTS, which provides financial assistance to entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured.
Three card ordering options are being offered through the BTS Boutique, the charity’s online ordering facility. These are personalised cards, card packs of 10 with a standard greeting, and electronic/email versions.
Six new designs are featured this year. Scenic Art Studios has contributed designs by Irina Portnyagina and Athena Parella. Mount Vernon Senior High School is represented by Andreana Carlino and Alex Elmendorf. Perennial favorite Robert Mendoza is back and we are delighted to welcome Tupac Martir/Satore Studio.
Orders will be taken until 30 September and orders will be shipped by late November. View and order cards at
(Jim Evans)


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