UK - Martin by Harman and UK distributor Sound Technology will be at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on 20 November for a showcase of the latest Martin products, including the award-winning MAC Encore Performance, MAC Encore Wash and new JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
Demos will begin at 11am, 2pm and 4pm in LIPA's Art School Studio Theatre.
This will also be an opportunity to discover details of the recently announced MAC Allure Profile LED moving head and ELP LED Ellipsoid Series.
UK - Production Services Ireland (PSI) capped a busy Halloween period by supplying technical infrastructure and support for Belfast City Council's Halloween Monster Mash and Samhain Live Halloween TV special, which was filmed in Derry/Londonderry.
PSI specialises in lighting, rigging, audio and video - for sale and hire. In the build-up to Halloween, the company also supplied riggers for the visiting U2 and ELO productions at Belfast’s SSE Arena, and full technical production for Harlem Gospel Choir at the Ulster Hall and a major public event in Lisburn.
Monster Mash afforded PSI an opportunity to deploy its Adamson PA inventory, which the company acquired in April when it became a certified reseller and rental partner. It also supplied lighting, video, rigging and staging for the themed event that welcomed thousands of people to the Titanic Slipways.
Sound reinforcement for Monster Mash featured 24 Adamson S10 full-range cabinets and 12 S119 subwoofers, powered by Lab.gruppen PLM20K44 amplification. PSI supplied a mix of Robe, CLF Lighting and Showtec fixtures, together with an Avolites Tiger Touch II for control, as well as four Litec Flyintower 13-2000 towers and a 10m x 7m stage.
In Derry/Londonderry, the brief demanded production support across a number of locations, as well as feeds for local TV channel TG4, BBC Two Northern Ireland and BBC Foyle live broadcasts. PSI provided sound, lighting, video, rigging and staging for two stages at the Craft Village (a reconstruction of an 18th Century Street and 19th Century Square), a stage at
Italy - Powersoft has chosen Audiosales Entertainment Solutions to distribute its networked multimedia system Deva in Italy.
Audiosales has been distributing Powersoft amplifiers in Italy since 2015 and has spoken of its immense pride in bringing what it calls “one of the most innovative Powersoft solutions” to the Italian market.
"There’s an increasing number of system integrators and installers who need to bring true innovations to their customers,” comments Stefano Rocchi, managing director of Audiosales. “We are sure that these companies will immediately appreciate the enormous possibilities of such an innovative and, in many ways, revolutionary tool."
He adds: "Personally, I am thrilled by the idea of presenting our customers with a solution that is already recognised all over the world and appreciated for its versatility. We know all about the quality of Powersoft products, and we are immensely proud to bring Deva to Italy - I’m sure that our satisfaction will be reiterated by any company that chooses it."
"It is with great pleasure that Powersoft expands its collaboration with Audiosales, thus guaranteeing our customers a professional, efficient and widespread support also for the Deva," confirms Cosimo Cecchi, Powersoft Deva unit sales manager. "I am confident that this is a winning choice, and that Audiosales is the right choice to enhance a unique product like Deva."
Powersoft debuted Deva five years ago as an all-in-one solution for information, entertainment, security and data collection. The system has since be
Spain - Adamson Systems Engineering and its Spanish distributor SeeSound have welcomed SBA Radical Sound as the latest E-Series rental partner in the country.
SBA CEO Ramón Fernández comments: “We decided to invest in Adamson’s E-Series ahead of a very busy festival season. We needed a system that sounds great, rigs easily, and will satisfy the rider requirements of the biggest touring acts, no questions asked. The E-Series checked every box, and having Adamson and SeeSound behind us for support means we can confidently service even the most demanding applications.”
SBA Radical Sound’s new E-Series system is comprised of 24 E15 three-way, true line source enclosures along with a complement of 16 E219 subwoofers, and the company didn’t waste any time getting it out for some major events.
SBA Radical Sound, with support from COBRA sound light and ZL Production, supplied the main stage system for the inaugural O Son do Camino festival in Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain. The festival presented headliners like The Killers, Martin Garrix, Lenny Kravitz, and Jamiroquai for a daily crowd of approximately 30,000 fans this summer.
That system was comprised of 18 E15s per side for the main arrays and eight E15s per side for the side arrays. The sub configuration featured 12 E219s per side arranged in two end-fire cardioid stacks of three, plus six E219s as centre subs in FBF cardioid mode. Six clusters of three compact S10 two-way, full range cabinets lined the lip of the stage for front-fills.
Since then, SBA R
USA - Four board members have been elected to the EST board of directors following an election that ended on 30 October (Tuesday).
Steve Surratt of Texas Scenic Company will fill the office of treasurer.
Steve Roudebush of BMI Supply will return as the dealer and distributor director.
Steve Terry of ETC was elected as manufacturer director.
Mike Garl of Mike Garl Consulting will serve a second term as professional services director.
All will begin their three-year term of office on 1 January 2019.
UK - Following a collaboration at the recently completed White Rose leisure extension in Leeds, Studiotech was approached by tensile fabric specialists, Base Structures, to assist with the multi-million pound transformation of the NEC in Birmingham.
Included in this transformation was the facelift of the façade. The new design included patterned coloured panels and 37 tensile fabric pyramids, designed by Base Structures. Each translucent pyramid was to be backlit to create a more attractive and engaging environment for all stakeholders.
Studiotech assisted Base Structures by providing the detailed design, supply, installation and programming of the feature lighting. They chose to use Traxon Washer Allegro RGB LED luminaires to wash gracefully behind the pyramids.
The complex façade design meant that a number of trades were involved in completing this facelift, co-ordination with one another was key to a successful installation.
The completed installation provides a striking addition to the NEC arena, creating a dynamic and impressive display at one of the UK’s most popular venues.
UK - Star Events has released a video highlighting the company’s work for British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST) as the festival stretched to accommodate Roger Waters’ Us+Them performance (read the production report in LSi September 2018), the first of its six sell-out shows this summer.
With Waters’ production requiring more than 1,000m of LED screen, 110 tons of production and no performance box, Star redesigned the entire Great Oak sub-structure and super-structure, increasing the width of the stage by 20m.
Shot by video production and promotion company In The Bag, this look behind the scenes focuses on the Star team building the Great Oak, panning across the Vista hospitality structure, the Barclaycard Stage, brand activations for Barclaycard and Samsung, the main entrance arches and site wide overlay. Watch the video here.
Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, comments: “To achieve what Roger Waters needed, while still enabling the other five major BST Hyde Park shows, was challenging to say the least. This film is a stirring document of Star working with a promoter committed to providing the very best for artists and audiences.“
USA - The recent AES New York 2018 Convention saw over 300 brands of audio equipment manufacturers and service providers showcased alongside a wealth of free events.
Held on 17-20 October at the Javits Centre in New York City, the education and peer networking event once again proved an invaluable resource for audio engineers, producers, students and other audio professionals. Meyer Sound co-founder John Meyer was the Richard C. Heyser distinguished lecturer.
John Monitto, Meyer Sound's director of business development and sales manager, Northeast, says: “This past AES convention drew some of the top audio professionals who we value as a manufacturer. The convention was well attended by those professionals who visited the exhibit booths, demo rooms and the workshop sessions. Meyer Sound featured a two-channel and 5.1 listening room with our newly patented Bluehorn System, which received a high level of traffic and very positive comments. We were also proud that our co-founder, president and CEO John Meyer, was honoured as the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecturer."
Piers Plaskitt, CEO of Solid State Logic, comments: “SSL is one of the only console manufacturers in the world that is active in the Studio, Live and Broadcast industries. We always look forward to AES in NY, as it is guaranteed to deliver a great turnout across all segments of our business. 2018 was no exception, and we were busy right through the last hour on day three. Throughout the show we had a queue of people waiting to audition Fusion, our all-analogue stereo outboard processor
UK - Hawthorn has invested in Eaton’ Zero 88 FLX and FLX S series consoles.
The decision partly customer led, as Adrian Searle, Hawthorn’s asset operations director, explains: “[It was] partly due to the fact that we can all clearly see the benefits of the FLX feature set and appreciate the fact that Zero 88 hardware and software has a history of making complex programming tasks exceptionally straightforward.”
The new batch of FLXs is replacing some of those older consoles which have served well for many years but are now not ideal for controlling the proliferation of LED based fixtures on the market. Searle adds that FLX is great for its corporate events work which involves a lot of LED light sources where the operator/designer needs to be creative, often with precious little time to programme and integrate them into a show. He says: “FLX is perfect for this scenario with its colour picker and the quick and easy set up.”
The latest batch of Hawthorn FLXs were purchased for some of their venues at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival - specifically Assembly and Summerhall - which was a great success.
They are in regular rental stock and in active service on all types of applications, from educational and am-dram shows to corporates and industrials. More recently they have been out with an am-dram society production in Sheffield; lighting a philharmonic orchestra for another client and several conferences - illustrating their versatility.
USA - Mountain Productions has acquired full-service event production company ROC-OFF Productions.
As part of the transition, ROC-OFF has relocated from its Davie office to Mountain Productions’ facility in Palm Beach, Florida. Core staff, including founder Jose Roche, will remain at the company.
Ricky Rose, CEO Mountain Productions, comments: “Over the past two years, Mountain Productions has been expanding our network both domestically and internationally through the addition of three new offices in Los Angeles, Dublin, Ireland and Palm Beach. With our combined expertise and industry knowledge, ROC-OFF is a natural addition to the Mountain Productions’ suite of brands and a key component to our expansion into Latin America, while enhancing our service base across Florida and the South.”
Roche adds: “Since 1998, ROC-OFF has been an industry leader and will only grow stronger as we enter into this new chapter in our journey. By joining Mountain Productions, we are creating an amazing combined team, driven by the same core values that will only be a complement to our existing capabilities and culture.”
ROC-OFF and Mountain Productions have collaborated on various projects over the last 20 years, including on world tours for Columbian pop star Shakira and on Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. ROC-OFF has also worked on corporate and sporting events as well as for broadcast companies such as Telemundo and Univision. It also sells and rents out used and new equipment.
Europe - There are three days left for the entertainment lighting industry to respond to the EU Commission’s revised version of the Ecodesign regulation.
The consultation period ends on 9 November (Friday) and the draft is open for one last review before the final parliamentary vote. Those who wish to respond should follow this link or visit plasa.org for instructions.
Whilst the outcome overall has been positive, European entertainment industry bodies have proposed four ‘small but essential’ amendments ahead of key talks in December.
The European Entertainment Ecodesign Coalition (EEEC) - comprising PLASA, PEARLE, the ALD, DTHG, the IALD, OETHG, SLF, STEPP and VPLT - and other national and international organisations released a joint statement highlighting their concerns. Their proposed amendments are:
• Exemption for lighting fixtures from standby power mode and networked stand-by power mode
• Exemption for white light sources for specific needs
• Widen the range of wavelength for 'green' used in colour-tuneable light sources
• Further lamp bases to be exempted for use in professional entertainment lighting products
The proposals' signatories say in a statement: "The current EU Regulation includes an exemption for ‘studio lighting, s
Record Breakers - Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, are among the artists who helped propel British music to a record year in 2017, according to a new report. Export revenues grew by 7% to a new high of £2.6bn, UK Music's Measuring Music report said.
For the second year running the number of successful records by British artists bucked the trend for annually declining music sales - which had slumped to £610m in 2015.
Festivals and live events, including world tours by Coldplay, The Rolling Stones and Sir Paul McCartney, also accounted for £1bn of revenue - with the report confirming the O2 in London was the world's most popular arena.
Overall, the UK music industry contributed a record £4.5bn to the UK economy last year - up £100m on 2016. The report said more people were employed in the music industry than ever before, with almost 146,000 jobs. But UK Music's chief executive Michael Dugher issued a warning about the need to nurture the music industry's talent pipeline and to give people from a variety of backgrounds access to a career in the industry. "These figures show what can be achieved when we choose to back the British music industry," Dugher said.
Rising Costs - The cost of building a new arts venue in Manchester has risen by almost £20m, the city council has said. It means the budget for The Factory, to be built in the city's St John's neighbourhood, will now reach just over £130m. The increase, which is expected to be met by Manchester City Council, will be voted on later this month.
UK - A performance by final year BA (Hons) Acting and BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship students from Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance has raised over £550 for the Mayor of Bexley’s charity appeal.
The College annually donates proceeds from box office sales and audience donations from one of their public performances to the Mayor of Bexley’s chosen charities. This year a record amount of £586 was raised to support those in the borough who suffer daily with mental health issues and children with Autism.
The performance of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale on Thursday 1 November, also gave an opportunity for students from the Colleges’ School of Design, Management and Technical Arts to showcase their talents. Designer Kelli-Mae Crossman, lighting designer Adam Richardson and sound designer Rachel Goldberg transformed the Rose Theatre into 19th Century Cambridge University supported by scenic arts, lighting, sound, costume production and stage and event management students.
After the performance, the Mayor of Bexley, Councillor Brian Bishop, and the Lady Mayoress met the cast and production team to congratulate them.
Rose Bruford College Principal, Clarie Middleton, says: “Once again we are delighted to be able to support the Mayor of Bexley’s charity appeal. On behalf of the cast and production team and everyone at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, I would like to thank the audience for their generous contributions to two fantastic causes."
Spain - EXE Technology has announced SeeSound as its exclusive distributor in Spain, effective 5 November.
The EXE Technology brand identifies a range of fixed and variable speed electric chain hoists, motorised trolleys and relevant tracking systems, loads cell interfaces and hoist controllers for the entertainment and exhibition industries. Their products have been engineered to safely manoeuvre stage equipment, scenery, video walls and other related structures, before, during and after performances.
Established in 2004, and led by Nacho Alberdi, SeeSound boasts an experienced commercial department, avant-garde project and engineering department, and a solid administration and logistics department.
Specializing in “integral solutions”, SeeSound participates in the development and supply of a diverse range of projects for theatres, hotels, sport pavilions, shopping centers, auditoriums, restaurants and offices.
“We are very pleased to be the new distributor for EXE Technology products in Spain. Customers will benefit from our extensive offer of top quality professional solutions and we will work hard to position the EXE Technology brand where it should be in the Spanish market,” concludes Alberdi.
UK - The UK entertainment technology industry is valued at £1.28bn in 2017/18 and its value is predicted to grow over the next five years, according to a new research report by PLASA.
The study - said by PLASA to be 'the most comprehensive study of the entire entertainment technology industry in many years' - is available to download from plasa.org. It delves into each market sector’s performance and also looks at the effects of macro-environment trends and employment.
According to the findings, all sectors have experienced growth, particularly AV and audio, which represent 38% and 27% of the market share respectively. AV is currently valued at £490m and has an increasing presence in many sectors including architectural and retail. Audio is valued at £340m due to its usage in installations and sports among others.
The suppliers surveyed showed a positive sentiment about the future of architectural & commercial, concert & touring and themed attractions; performing arts, DJ and studio sectors were also listed. The future of the industry is also positive, with half of those surveyed expecting the value of the industry to increase in the next five years.
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, comments: “It’s great to learn that the entertainment technology industry is in such good shape. And with the industry diversifying and adapting, it is clear that leading professionals from all sectors are more than capable of steering live enter
USA - Audio-Technica has agreed with RF Venue to distribute its antennas, RF signal distribution systems and spectrum analysis tools in North America, effective 1 November.
As part of the contract, A-T will offer RF Venue’s Diversity Fin Antenna and DISTRO4 antenna distributor as primary accessories for the 3000 and 5000 Series wireless systems. Current RF Venue dealers may continue to source products directly from RF Venue, says the company.
Chris Regan, RF Venue president comments: “We are excited to bring RF Venue products directly to Audio-Technica customers in North America. The Diversity Fin antenna, DISTRO4, and other RF accessories are the perfect match for the new 3000 and 5000 series wireless microphone systems from Audio-Technica. This agreement allows us to service and grow our existing authorised dealers, as well as introduce RF Venue products to Audio-Technica customers."
Phil Cajka, Audio-Technica US president and chief executive officer, adds: “RF Venue’s accessories complement Audio-Technica’s wireless systems very well. The growth of their product line aligns with our current and future products, and we look forward to this mutual beneficial agreement.”
Singapore - Loud Technologies Asia (LTA) took the lead in organising a rigging safety awareness seminar in their new showroom and training facility in Singapore.
The seminar was organised in conjunction with Prolyte Asia Pacific (PAP) and was conducted by technical manager Jasper van der Sluis.
Colin Quek, owner and managing director of LTA, comments: “Although we are the Prolyft Service Point for Singapore and dedicated dealer for Prolyte, Doughty and Protos load measuring systems, we believe it’s important to show as many aspects of safe rigging in general regardless of the brand or country of origin.
“Among other demonstrations, it was demonstrated by using load cells how loads can react on a truss which is suspended from three chain hoists and by moving the load over the truss.”
USA - Sensaphonics recently held a Gold Circle Seminar to train audiologists in meeting the specialised needs of artists, sound engineers, and other music professionals. The two-day seminar features personal instruction from Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, and audio engineering consultant Joe ‘Sound Guy’ Tessone. Four audiologists gained Gold Circle certification through a series of classroom modules and a hands-on demo session with a live band using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Topics included advanced hearing loss prevention techniques, concert sound system basics, monitoring technology overview, product information, and backstage etiquette, all with a focus on how the music industry differs from other work environments. Classroom instruction is held at Sensaphonics headquarters in downtown Chicago and includes a tour of the company’s IEM manufacturing facility and Musicians’ Hearing Clinic. Hands-on instruction included proper ear impression technique, plus a live band rehearsal session, where seminar participants interacted with musicians using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Earning their Gold Circle Certification were audiologists Shahrzad Cohen of Hearing Loss Solutions in Sherman Oaks, CA; Rebecca Grome of Ears 4 U Hearing Services in Nashville, TN; London Gleghorn of Sound Access, LLC in St. Louis, MO; and Rachel Bringewatt of ENT Consultants in Omaha, NE. Also attending was Sensaphonics artist relations consultant Richard Sandrok.
“This was an exceptional group of qualified audiologists, and we’re prou
Canada - Adamson Systems Engineering hosted the largest-ever gathering of its global network at its Canadian head office and manufacturing facility in Port Perry, at the end of September.
Over 120 partners from around the world took part in two full days of programming, including previews of upcoming products, innovations, and collaborations, all with the goal of better supporting end-users with world-class training and service.
“We’ve welcomed a significant number of new partners to the Adamson global network over the past few years amidst a period of strong year-over-year growth,” says James Oliver, Adamson’s director of sales and marketing. “We’re very proud of the way our international team has supported these partners to date, but recognised an opportunity to bring everyone together, offer a preview of upcoming product releases, and leverage ideas and resources to reinforce a shared vision for continued growth and success. The event was over a year in the making and we couldn’t be happier with how it all came together.”
Programming began on 21 September with the Adamson Conference at the Flato Markham Theatre in nearby Markham. Guests took in a day full of presentations and demonstrations, learning about Adamson’s approach to product development and innovation, new and incoming technologies, and sales and marketing strategies. Among the new offerings on the horizon are expansions to the tour-grade S-Series and install-focused IS-Series, though guests were also given a sneak preview of new technologies to be formally announced
Spain - K-array has appointed Media-Sys as its exclusive distributor in Spain.
Established in 1991, Media-Sys has evolved from a standard distribution channel to a full-service company providing project design, installation setup, marketing and sales support and post-sales services on every project.
“Our main product focus is based on professional audio brands with outstanding quality and this commitment always pushes us to find new solutions for our customers,” comments Josep M. Foguet, CEO Media-Sys. “K-array gives a real answer to this focus and represents a new approach to installation thanks to its unique product design."
Columbia - DirectOut has expanded its worldwide business network with the appointment of VCR as its sole distributor for the Colombia market.
Based in Bogota, VCR will handle distribution of the full DirectOut product portfolio and provide technical and sales support.
Hernan Suescun, VCR’s CEO comments: “As a company, we aim to offer our clients the most advanced technologies available to the AV world, especially now that new IP technologies are rapidly developing. DirectOut has the best solutions in terms of audio networking, routing and conversion along with a well-known quality and reliability.”
Lorenzo Sassi, business developer at DirectOut, adds: “A few months after we met with VCR for the first time it was quite clear to us that both companies had a common interest in developing their business together. VCR not only has skills and a deep knowledge of our products, but also has the passion that we look for when we are searching for a new distributor. We came together, and we are totally convinced that VCR is the perfect distribution partner for us in Colombia.”
UK - NEC Group Arenas has taken two electrical apprentices on a three-year placement with the Group’s Arenas ElectriX team.
Liam Dyde, 21, and Mohammed Waseem, 28, will receive mentoring as they bid to complete their NVQ Level 3 in electrics.
Throughout their apprenticeship, Dyde and Waseem will gain theoretical and practical knowledge and be involved in testing, inspection and delivery of the electrical supplies. One day per week in term time will also be spent at Solihull College & University Centre for additional practical and theory lessons.
NEC Group Arenas chief electrician and mentor Peter Hammond comments: “There is a noticeable skills gap in the arenas electrical industry, something that we too have noticed with our in-house team. As skilled individuals retire, there’s be a decline in numbers of those able to step into their positions. With demand for our services higher than ever before, featuring bigger more technically ambitious live events, we thought it was time to take action.”
NEC Group apprenticeship coordinator, Angela Walsh, adds: “At the NEC Group we are committed to providing a variety of career opportunities for youngster across the country that provide career stability in fun and dynamic environments. This new scheme we’ve developed in association with Solihull College & University Centre will not only help bridge this skills gap but also give young talent the opportunity to be involved in on-the-job training, and bring us as the employer, fresh blood and fresh thinking.”
Argentina/USA - Over $10m worth of equipment has been seized from a black market organisation in Buenos Aires following a two-year undercover operation.
The equipment was retrieved on 13 September in a joint operation between Argentinian police forces, the NYPD major crimes squad, the FBI and the US embassy. The authorities said 10 raids had been carried out, with the kit believed to have been stolen from the USA and rented out to film and TV production companies on the black market in Argentina.
ESTA’s Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) worked closely with the police to coordinate the identification of the recovered items via its searchable online database for missing equipment, Rental Guard.
Martin Pastor, NYPD major case squad detective, comments: “We have recovered over $10m in stolen equipment thanks to Rental Guard. I urge anyone who suffers a theft to post it on the database immediately, and anyone considering buying used equipment to search the database first to make sure the item is not stolen.”
He adds: “I would especially like to thank the members and staff of PERG for their vital assistance in the recovery. Everyone I contacted made themselves immediately available to help. This was a joint effort that could not have been accomplished without their participation.”
ESTA has released a list of equipment for identification. Those who believe any of the items belonged to them should submit a police report or an orig
USA - Last year, LiteGear designated their LiteMat+ fixture to participate in the Behind the Scenes Pledge-a-Product Programme which resulted in a generous donation of $7,500. This year, owners Al DeMayo and Mike Bauman decided to take their support to the next level and designated sales of all LiteMat fixtures to benefit the charity.
Recently, they presented a cheque for $15,000 to members of the Behind the Scenes Board of Directors, representing an incredible commitment by the company, its employees and its customers to care for their colleagues who are seriously ill or injured.
On presenting the cheque, LiteGear CEO, Al DeMayo, states: “With decades of experience working in the business, my partner Mike and I have worked with lots of great filmmakers. We are happy to know the Behind the Scenes charity is behind-the-technicians should they need it.”
Lori Rubinstein, executive director of Behind the Scenes, commented, “LiteGear and its staff have wholeheartedly embraced Behind the Scenes. Their generous donations will make an enormous difference in our ability to provide assistance to those who come to us in need, and they are playing an important role in helping to spread the word about the charity. Every shipment of LiteMat fixtures includes a letter letting the customer know the impact their purchase has just had. LiteGear has become a wonderful partner in helping us to fulfil our mission.”