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robe-wemakeevents-red-alert-magazine-london-mag112149255-photo-louise-sticklandRobe supports #WeMakeEvents day of action
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

UK - Robe UK partnered with Clearsound Productions, Venue Lab and Broadwick Live to support #LightItInRed and PLASA’s #WeMakeEvents national call to action on 11 August to draw attention to the live entertainment industry and its need for sector support from the government to survive the coronavirus crisis.
Robe moving lights were used to illuminate the exteriors of three flagship live entertainment venues - Magazine London on Greenwich Peninsula, Printworks London in Canada Water and Exhibition London in White City - all managed by Venue Lab, part of Vibration Group.
Escape to Freight Island, attached to Broadwick Live’s Depot Mayfield site in Manchester, was also lit in red for the day of action. The installation there was coordinated by dbnAudile which also includes some Robe LEDBeam 100 fixtures. dbnAudile is also the house supplier for audio, lighting and screens in both Printworks London and Depot Mayfield when the venues are running.
Simon Tracey, CEO of Vibration Group underlined the importance of the industry uniting, and was very proud to have Magazine London (which has previously been lit in blue for the NHS) lit in red alongside some of their other venues to highlight the struggles faced by live events and its massive support infrastructure.
He’s particularly aware of the impact the crisis is having on individuals, both their own employees and the freelancers utilised across their various businesses. “Many talented people are currently out of work, so lighting our venues red is a tribute to them and hopefully restores hope

pioneerPioneer DJ and Chauvet DJ open livestream studio
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Germany - Pioneer DJ Germany and Chauvet DJ have taken a major step to meet the growing demand for livestream productions by collaborating on a multi-functional broadcast studio. Located in Chauvet DJ’s German headquarters, the new facility is fully equipped to accommodate a range of production needs, from talks and product demos, to DJ sets and live band performances.
The production ready studio is outfitted with over 25 Chauvet DJ fixtures. A full set of Pioneer DJ equipment is also in place, including the DJM-V10 Mixer, a DJS-1000 Performance-Sampler and the All-in-One unit XDJ-XZ.
For Chauvet DJ and Pioneer DJ, the new collaboration is the result of a longstanding friendship between the two companies in Germany. “We already had an excellent partnership in the past,” says Marcus Gierkens, country manager from Pioneer DJ Germany. “Collaborations at trade shows like Musikmesse, where we shared our booth, as well as the workshops we’ve held together to educate people on how to connect music and light together are proof that both brands can profit from each other’s expertise.”
Both companies are already using the studio to communicate with customers. The popular “Joy of Disco“ streaming series is being produced in the studio same as multiple product showcases, workshops and promotional videos.
Chauvet DJ will also be using the studio to feature recent and upcoming products as well as workshops in German language. An upcoming example will be how to control Chauvet DJ fixtures automatically within Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox softwa

newzroom-afrika-interviewSA event technicians to march in #FlightcaseMovement
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

South Africa - South African technical companies, technical crew and freelance technicians have initiated the Flightcase Movement – a campaign to hand-deliver a memorandum of demands to the country’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) on 8 September (next Tuesday).
The aim of the movement is to enable the resumption of live events whilst maintaining social distancing by following protocols set out by the Event Safety Council.
The action will take place in Pretoria, with business owners, technicians and freelancers in the live events industry meeting at Paul Kruger Statue in church Square at 9am. They will push 250 flight cases to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture building, where a memorandum will be handed over at noon. Campaigners will be dressed in black with full PPE including masks, gloves, safety shoes and hard hats.
The South African live events industry has been shut down since 27 March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Campaigners say there are at least 700 independent freelancers who have had no government assistance and no work during this period, their only help coming from a single food voucher of R500 donated by Feed Our Crew, an NGO created by technicians working within the industry.
Meanwhile, technical rental companies, of which there are hundreds across the country, have had to either temporarily lay off staff, lay off staff permanently, re-trench or embark on a total shutdown of operation.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa relaxed some of the restrictions on gatherings in August, but gather

darren-durbach-and-gary-furman-of-wild--marr-with-duncan-riley-of-lightsared-and-dwr-centre#LightSAred creatives acknowledged by Wild & Marr
Friday, 28 August 2020

South Africa - Shaun Sebastian and Dino Moran have been recognised for their outstanding creative contribution to the #LightSAred campaign, each receiving a Shure Limited Edition microphone presented by South African distributor, Wild & Marr.
On 5 August, the live events industry, under the banner of #LightSAred and supported by The Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA), Technical Production Services Association (TPSA) and SA Events Council, lit over 500 buildings and sites across South Africa, to draw attention to the desperate situation the industry has faced during South Africa’s lockdown restrictions. The ban on events has seen many businesses shut their doors after not having an income for almost six months.
Over a two-week period leading up to the #LightSAred activation, Shaun Sebastian was responsible for creating the dynamic and eye-catching marketing assets and promotional material of the event, while Dino Moran created a #LightSAred anthem and song. Moran also mobilised industry players for a #LightSAred live broadcast stream by SkyRoom Live from virtual studios based at Solid Group in Cape Town and MGG in Johannesburg.
Wild and Marr, the distributor of Shure products in South Africa, wanted to show their support for the campaign and events industry. During the #LightSAred broadcast, the company’s Gary Furman and Darren Durbach presented a Shure 5575LE Unidyne Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Vocal microphone to Dino Moran. Shaun Sebastian, who in addition to his career in advertising, is a pianist and avi

trimacPrism appoints Trimac as Indian distributor
Friday, 28 August 2020

India - The pro audio community in India can now access Prism Sound’s range of converters and audio interfaces through Trimac Products, a leading audio company with offices in Dehli, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
With over 400 channel partners and representation for more than 20 pro audio brands, Trimac is well placed to bring the benefits of Prism Sound technology to the Indian market.
Pankaj Kumar, Trimac’s chief operating officer, says, “Prism Sound’s products complement the products we already distribute and are a valuable and marketable addition to our roster. We are delighted to be able to offer this high end solution to our customers, many of whom are professional studios and hobbyist musicians. We also have customers in the education sector and we look forward to introducing them to the Prism Sound range.”
Alongside its sales business Trimac, in association with its channel partners, is also involved in studio design and installation. The company has a strong reputation for customer service and support and prides itself on providing efficient and reliable marketing services to the local dealers it works with.
“As a brand, Prism Sound is well known in among Indian pro audio professionals, but we feel there is still plenty of support we can give the brand, particularly in terms of bringing its products to the attention of the younger generation of producers, which is an area where we have good contacts,” Kumar says.
Mark Evans, Prism Sound’s sales director, adds: “We are very pleased to welcome Trimac as our new pa

astera-one-hundred-unseen-bristol-sarah-koury-4Astera Illuminates Bristol’s One-hundred Unseen
Friday, 28 August 2020

UK - Bristol-based production manager and lighting designer Tim Smith of TS-TS Productions utilised the power and practicality of Astera wireless lighting to illuminate his One-hundred Unseen, an innovative high-impact live art installation created as part of a UK nationwide campaign day on 11 August 2020 to the highlight the critical state of the live entertainment industry amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.
Shows and events came to an abrupt halt in March, stranding companies, venues, organisations and a large community of freelance creatives and technicians without any income, with precious little government financial assistance, and currently, no roadmap to reopening.
One-hundred Unseen featured 100 event professionals invited to take part in the art action - dressed in stage blacks with red masks arranged in a socially distanced formation on College Green, one of the most prominent locations in Bristol right in front of the chambers of Bristol City Council.
The highly symbolic piece represented the unseen nature of technicians working in all disciplines of productions, shows and events.
Tim asked lighting designer Chris Bushell to devise a lighting scheme - highly mobile and deployable at short notice - to illuminate the One-Hundred in ‘emergency red’ denoting the state of the industry for 10 minutes during ‘the blue hour’ of the evening.
An LED Screen installed at the back of the One-Hundred displayed facts and statistics related to the live entertainment industry and the huge revenue it brings int

point-sourceStudio Connections to distribute Point Source Audio
Thursday, 27 August 2020

Australia - Studio Connections will be the new home for Point Source Audio’s range of microphones and headsets in Australia. The move is a result of Point Source Audio looking to build on its already strong reputation in the country with the appointment of a new distributor dedicated to the market.
Point Source Audio microphones and headsets have been available in Australia for a number of years. Various products have featured on a number of international touring productions over the years, creating an ever-increasing demand and the need for a new partner that was dedicated to this territory. Following an extensive search, Point Source Audio has decided that Studio Connections Australia is the right partner to meet this brief.
“Studio Connections Australia is proud to have been appointed as the Australian distributor for Point Source Audio,” says Deborah Sloss, managing director at Studio Connections Australia. “Point Source Audio is the perfect addition to our stable, providing us with exciting new opportunities. We look forward to working with the Point Source Audio team in growing this unique, innovative and performance-based brand here in Australia.”
“We have been making good progress in the Australian market and we can see the potential for growth we have here,” adds James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. “Appointing Studio Connections is a big step for us along this path. They are a well-known and respected player in Australia and will provide us with a trusted presence in the local market. We know that Deb and her team

weu2020Stars and technical teams unite for West End Unplugged
Thursday, 27 August 2020

UK - Each Wednesday from 9 to 30 September, a line-up of the West End’s most well-loved singers will perform alongside some of theatre’s top musicians in West End Unplugged (live from L-Acoustics Creations), a series of four 45-minute charity concerts.
Featuring top Olivier Award-winning talent from hit productions like We Will Rock You, Wicked, Beautiful, Come From Away, The Tina Turner Musical, the concerts will feature a mixture of show tunes and some of the performers’ personal favourite songs. The series is presented by choreographer Anthony Van Last and music director Ben Goddard and promises to be a joyful mix of music and relaxed chat.
Guests stars include Mazz Murray, Alice Fearn, Sandra Marvin, Hugh Maynard, Aisha Jawando, Richard Fleeshman and Celinde Schoenmaker, Tim Howar, Siobhan McCarthy, Joe Stilgoe, Hanna Waddingham, David Bedella, Cavin Cornwall and Katie Brayben. Everyone involved, from the performers to all of the technicians and technical equipment suppliers, have come together and given their time for free to mount these concerts.
Bobby Aitken, theatre sound designer and the shows’ producer, comments: “All funds raised on the day will benefit three charities: Backup - The Technical Theatre Charity, Help Musicians UK, Theatre Artists Fund. We feel that between them, these three charities best represent everyone in our theatre family.”
The concerts are free to watch, but donations are wel

backstage-students-at-lightwaves-project-with-black-marble-led-floor-1ROE Visual and Backstage prolong partnership
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

UK - ROE Visual will continue its support for the Backstage Academy, enabling a new generation of students to acquire relevant technical skills, working with the ROE Visual LED panels.
ROE Visual firmly believes in the power of knowledge transfer. Next to the widely followed ROE Academy classes, supporting other training events and learning initiatives is self-evident in order to guarantee an influx of the next generation of young professional video technicians. The cooperation is an example of how industry-leading manufacturers can play a role in educating and inspiring the future generation of technicians.
ROE Visual has supported the Backstage Academy since 2019, enabling the students to work with a range of LED panels, that are the standard choice for tours, events and film and broadcast productions. Backstage Students have enjoyed access to BP3, CB5 and the Black Marble LED floor panels. These products have been deployed in numerous projects, assessments, workshops and showcases. With the continuation of the partnership, access to these products is secured for the Backstage Academy students.
“We are looking forward to enjoying another year of amazing support from ROE Visual”, states Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director at Backstage Academy. “2019 saw ROE products in numerous Backstage Academy practical lessons and special projects. Some of our students become noticeably animated and excited at the mention of ROE Visual products. With new developments for virtual production, we envisage this partnership will be even more mutually

bluesoundprofessionallogoblueBluesound adds European distribution partners
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Europe - Canada-based Bluesound Professional has announced the addition of two new distribution partners in Avero (Ukraine) and Kinovox (Denmark).
“We are delighted to welcome another two great distributors to our European team. We are fortunate to be able to work with some of the best distributors in the business. These new relationships will help strengthen our strategic Bluesound Professional European distribution and growth,” said Graeme Harrison, vice-president and general manager, Bluesound Professional.
Bluesound Professional is continuing its efforts to expand its ever-growing distribution network. Since its launch at the Integrated Systems Europe show in February 2019, the company has expanded its coverage to include all of North America, most of Europe and parts of Asia. As a growing commercial audio technology brand, Bluesound Professional encourages interested and qualified parties to submit an inquiry to the website.

lightsarediconredwithhashtagSA government in discussions with live events industry
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

South Africa - #LightSAred, a campaign initiated by the Technical Production and Services Association (TPSA) and Southern African Communications Industries Association (SACIA), has made significant headway with government to devise a strategy for the industry’s survival during lockdown level 2.
Campaign leaders encouraged stakeholders in the live events industry to remain positive, as discussions are being held with the South African government to ensure the survival of the entertainment industry and to present guidelines for reopening the sector.
Sharif Baker, chair of the TPSA and spokesperson of the #LightSAred movement, along with representatives of SACIA and the SA Events Council, are in discussions with representatives from the Department of Sports Arts and Culture, including Charles Mabaso, chief director for cultural development and Topsy Musi, chief of staff.
“It is imperative that we develop the guidelines needed to kickstart our industry, with regards to adhering to the protocols prescribed in the gathering act,” said Baker. “We are pleased to report that the government is working with us and not against us. Discussions are underway to determine how social distancing will be achieved at live events. We are particularly interested in creating a situation where permissible capacities will be based on volume capacity rather than a hard and fast number,” Baker points out. “We are making serious progress! So much so that a meeting with the legal department of DSAC is on the cards for this week to establish this in actuality.”

riggingNRC and NELT centres to resume from September
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

UK - PLASA has announced that registration for NRC (National Rigging Certificate) and enrolment for NELT (National Event Lifting Training) have re-opened following a short period of closure due to the pandemic. All NRC Assessment Centres and NELT Training Centres will re-open from September and will be completely COVID-compliant.
“This positive move will enable candidates who registered for the NRC before the COVID-19 lockdown to resume their pathway to certification,” says PLASA. “Furthermore, these NRC candidates have been given an extra 12 months to complete their assessment.”
NELT, which launched in May 2019, provides training for professionals who select and use lifting equipment commonly found throughout the events and entertainment industries. NRC is a recognised qualification for anyone actively working as a rigger in the industry.
Assessment dates and locations for NRC assessments and NELT are now available online.

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Risk Research - Scientists in Germany held three pop concerts in a single day to investigate the risks posed by mass indoor events during the pandemic. About 1,500 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 50 - only a third of the expected number - took part. But the head of the study, which was carried out in Leipzig by Halle University, said he was "very satisfied" with how the event unfolded. Singer-songwriter Tim Bendzko agreed to perform at all three successive gigs.
The concert study, called Restart-19, was created "to investigate the conditions under which such events can be carried out despite the pandemic", researchers said. The first of Saturday's three concerts aimed to simulate an event before the pandemic, with no safety measures in place. The second involved greater hygiene and some social distancing, while the third involved half the numbers and each person standing 1.5m apart. All participants were tested for Covid-19 before taking part, and given face masks and tracking devices to measure their distancing. Researchers reportedly also used fluorescent disinfectants to track which surfaces audience members touched the most.
"The data collection is going very well, so we have good quality data, the mood is great and we are extremely satisfied with the discipline in wearing masks and using disinfectant," lead researcher Dr Stefan Moritz said.
Emergency Funding - Small music venues in England have welcomed the announcement of a further £1.1m emergency government funding. Last month, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden rolled out his pla

lsystems-sales-team-smlAyrton appoints LSystemsPro distributor for Armenia
Monday, 24 August 2020

Armenia - Ayrton has appointed LSystemsPro LLC as its new exclusive distributor for Armenia, effective immediately.
Based in Yerevan, LSystemsPro is one of the country’s leading companies for sales, design and installation of many major brands of professional lighting and audio equipment.
“We work with many big event companies and large-scale venues, where we both sell and install the products we represent,” explains LSystemsPro founder and CEO, George Hakobyan. “We have been following the development of Ayrton closely and see there is great potential in the brand. We love the design and functionality of Ayrton products and believe there is great scope for the full range of their fixtures in this market.”
LSystemsPro’s views were compounded by feedback received from other sales and rental companies and designers who have experience of using Ayrton products, including their Russian partners. “Ayrton fixtures have an in-built flexibility which makes them ideal for the variety of uses that our small market demands. We are using this time of quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic to prepare our showrooms for when we can open up again and start to demonstrate the new Ayrton equipment directly to our customers. We are expecting busy times ahead.”
“Parallel to our existing distributor network and direct customer contacts, the new collaboration with LSystemsPro represents a great opportunity for Ayrton to enter emergent markets such as the CIS territories,” says Ayrton’s Kseniia Igoshkina. “LSystemsPro’s expertise and sus

joe-bridgeSong sale proceeds aid live event charities
Friday, 21 August 2020

UK - Singer-songwriter Joe Bygraves has produced the single, Stand As One in support of charities helping the live entertainment and events industry. Its official release on Spotify, iTunes and all streaming services is today, 21 August at 12.00pm.
The 24-year-old from Bedfordshire has written and performed the song, which aims to reach out to people struggling with issues surrounding mental health during and looking past the COVID-19 pandemic, especially focusing on the behind-the-scenes professionals who, in any other year, would be pulling together to create the infrastructure for world-class live performances.
Joe was challenged to write the song by the organisers of the #MakeItBlue campaign started by the UK the events and entertainment industry to support colleagues in need, and to promote public mental health awareness through arts, culture and entertainment projects.
#MakeItBlue co-founder Gary White said: “We asked Joe for a track that would resonate with our collective experience and send out a message of hope and support. Joe is donating 25 per cent of its proceeds to MAKEITBLUE CIC for charitable use in the events industry.”
For Stand As One, Joe is backed by a collective of pedigree musicians, including Tom McRae (background vocal arrangements), Richard Hammond (bass), Simon Johnson (guitars and backing vocals) and Mark Pusey (drums and percussion). Piano and background vocals are by Olli Cunningham, who also produced and mixed the song. It was mastered at Abbey Road Studios London by Simon Gibson.
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chinaIndustry trade fairs return with PL+S Guangzhou
Friday, 21 August 2020

China - Prolight+Sound Guangzhou (PLSG) 2020 is taking place from 21-24 August at the China Import and Export Fair Complex.
Organisers Messe Frankfurt and the Guangdong International Science and Technology Exhibition Company say they have put all of the necessary safety precautions in place to provide a safe and effective business platform for the industry.
“Participants will be able to reconnect with industry peers and explore sourcing and networking opportunities to help the industry reboot,” say the organisers, “677 exhibitors will utilise 80,000sq.m across eight halls. The fair will also provide enhanced services including online participation to facilitate interactions between buyers and exhibitors. Furthermore, over 40 seminars, forums and product demonstrations will be featured concurrently, highlighting the latest industry knowledge in the entertainment, media and AV sectors.”
Judy Cheung, deputy general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK) says she is looking forward to a productive week: “For the past 18 years, Prolight + Sound Guangzhou has played an important role in information exchange, marketing, training and education for the industry, but this year in particular the fair has become more valuable than ever.
“On the back of a difficult first half of the year, we are pleased to offer participants the opportunity to benefit from emerging opportunities as the market rebounds. We are grateful to have retained the support of many renowned exhibitors. This demonstrates that the industry places a high level of trust in PLSG.

astera-four-new-nordic-distributorsAstera announces four Nordic distributors
Friday, 21 August 2020

Europe - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera has announced four new exclusive distributors for Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden reflecting the dynamics, diversity, and potential of these four key Nordic nations.
In Denmark, Astera will be represented by Light Partner, Finland it is Oy Lafoy, in Norway Prostage takes up the Astera portfolio and in Sweden, Bellalite takes on the distribution.
The move enables customers in each country to deal directly with a trusted and well respected local distributor, all of which have been chosen for their reach into both live show and events plus film and TV markets, in addition to their stellar after-sales service and support infrastructures, says Astera.
“Astera sales to Scandinavia started to take off in 2011,” explained the brand’s sales director Sebastian Bückle. With the volume of business at that time, it made sense to treat the different countries as one region, however, this has consistently expanded, and to encourage further growth, this move “reflects the increase in activity and the value of local market knowledge and connections.”
Sweden has been a robust market for Astera for some time - wireless technology is very widely adopted, and the two most prominent wireless DMX systems are also from Sweden.
Bellalite is a leading professional lighting and stage equipment supplier, established in 1979 and currently employing 25 people across three regional branches in Gothenburg, Stockholm and their Vaxjo HQ.
They see Astera as a “market leader” for high quality bat

clairClair Global acquires Eighth Day Sound Systems
Friday, 21 August 2020

USA - Two world-renowned touring and sound reinforcement companies are joining forces to focus on building industry capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic pause.
Clair Global has announced the acquisition of Eighth Day Sound Systems with the specific goal of continuing to support the dedicated relationships for touring customers from both rosters.
The Eighth Day Sound brand will be maintained and will conduct business as it has for the last 40 years, under the same management and with the same staff. The company will become a stand-alone brand under the Clair Global umbrella, joining Britannia Row Productions in the UK, JPJ in Australia, and AudioRent Clair AG in Switzerland.
Before the industry slowdown, Tom Arko, president of Eighth Day, and Troy Clair, owner of Clair Global, discussed how this union could further improve and strengthen future tour support. Today, they see it as a vote of confidence for the industry and fellow sound community members.
Eighth Day Sound will also compliment the installation division of Clair Global.
"First and foremost, our hearts and thoughts are with our colleagues and families affected by this sudden work stoppage worldwide," said Troy Clair and Tom Arko in a joint statement. "While the impact is huge, we encourage all to stay healthy and focus on the future. We'll get through this and return to work when we can safely gather again for production events."
The two family-owned companies share the same DNA: providing valued systems to its clients, large or small, fuelled by the passion they ha

wemakeeventsredalertrgbUS plans #WeMakeEvents day of action for 1 Sept
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - Inspired by efforts in the UK, mainland Europe and South Africa, the US live events industry is set to host its own #WeMakeEvents ‘Red Alert’ day of action on 1 September.
Using the hashtags #WeMakeEvents #RedAlertRESTART and #ExtendPUA to gain momentum, the move represents a major call to action on Tuesday, 1 September, imploring the US Congress to pass the RESTART Act (S.3814) as quickly as possible, offering economic relief to America’s live events industry, which has been shuttered since March, 2020, putting millions of people out of work. Additionally, the movement is to support in their efforts towards continuation and extension of the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to provide relief to those without work due to COVID-19.
#WeMakeEvents North American director, Brad Nelms comments: "The group has managed to gather incredible support for this important movement, signing on more than 30 regional directors to lead the initiative in markets nationally. This team have been so fired up and already have commitments from hundreds of incredible venues and iconic locations nationally who will show support."
On 1 September buildings, structures, and residences across the US will be lit in red from 9pm-12am (local time in each market) as the event rolls across North America. The goal to raise public awareness that the live events industry is on ‘Red Alert’ for its very survival, and to create congressional pressure to act now.
#BeAnArtsHero, a grassroots coalition of arts and cultural workers, reports: "The Arts &

warner-grandWarner Grand upgrades with DiGiCo duo
Thursday, 20 August 2020

USA - Golden Age Hollywood movie mogul Jack L. Warner called it ‘The Castle of Your Dreams’. The Warner Grand Theatre is the last of a series of classic Southern California Art Deco-Moderne cinema palaces from the 1930s designed by architect B. Marcus Priteca and interior designer Anthony Heinsbergen that retains its original contours.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the theatre was renamed the Warner Grand Theatre in the 1980s, and in 1982 was designated as City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural-Monument #251. In 1996, the theatre was purchased by the Department of Cultural Affairs and has continuously operated this venue since that time.
Now, the 1,525-seat historic film house in San Pedro, California hosts classic and art films as well as concerts and other live performances. It’s doing that with very modern sound thanks to newly installed DiGiCo audio consoles: an SD12-96 at front of house and an SD9T for monitors, as well as an SD-Rack with Stadius 32-bit I/O mic pre’s on an Optocore HMA optical loop. These desks control a new VUE Audiotechnik al-8 line array sound system, all of which were installed there in July by El Segundo, CA-based Bell Event Services (BES) under the direction of audio/operations manager Tim Campbell, who served as the project manager.
“The combination of the new consoles and the new PA system means that this is a world-class destination for touring shows,” states BES president Michael Bell. “That’s why the choice of DiGiCo means so much; any audio engineer in the world would be able to

zero-88-team-outside-congress-theatre-zer171357168Zero 88 Live at The Congress Cwmbran
Thursday, 20 August 2020

UK - Lighting control manufacturer Zero 88 stages a product awareness livestream airing on Monday, 24 August, which will be broadcast from The Congress Theatre, Cwmbran - the nearest local theatre venue to the manufacturing facility.
Usually busy with a lively programme of music and performance shows in the centre of Cwmbran, The Congress has been repurposed to function as a virtual studio during the pandemic and for the immediate future.
The Zero 88 team will be highlighting some of the brand’s newest technologies and product releases during the stream and will be joined by local singer-songwriter Tobias Robertson offering live entertainment.
This presentation will last 30 minutes and embrace all three primary Zero 88 product categories - control, data, and power.
The stream will specifically address the new ZerOS Server, the Splitter 8 and Gateway 4 / Gateway 8 DMX / RDM data distribution devices, Betapack 4 combined power distribution and dimmer units and Zero 88’s RigSwitch remote controlled power switching solutions, plus previewing the next exciting ZerOS 7.9.8 software update.
Exact shipping dates and availability for all these will be announced on air.
Interested parties can catch the stream at or on Zero’s social channels - Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - and anyone not able to tune in on the day . . . can watch the broadcast later on-demand. The event is live at 10am (GMT+1), Monday, 24 August.
A Q&A session will follow the product presentation for which anyone can submit questio

The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Financial Guidance - Guidance has been published on how arts organisations can apply for the government’s £270m repayable finance scheme. The repayable finance was announced as part of the government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, which also includes £622m of grants.
Theatres can either apply for grants of up to £3m or for loans for larger amounts. With the repayable finance package, which is geared towards larger organisations, the government aims to "stabilise cultural organisations until they can return to sustainable operations". Applications will be "assessed against rigorous cultural and economic criteria" including efficiencies made to date and ongoing viability for the future.
Organisations will also be asked to demonstrate national or international significance and outline opportunities to engage local communities through education and outreach. Arts Council England will review applications, with input from other bodies including the British Film Institute, Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Decisions will be taken by the independent Culture Recovery Board.
Applications will open on 21 August, with a deadline of 9 September. Arts Council England aims to notify applicants of the outcome of their application in the week beginning October 19, and says that funding is anticipated to reach organisations by this December.
Employment Crisis - Job opportunities in the arts have disappeared faster than any other sector of the UK economy as a result of the pandemic, new data has revealed, with vacancies dr

the-elation-coffee-breakThe Elation Coffee Break launches online
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Europe - Elation Professional’s European office recently launched The Elation Coffee Break on Facebook Livestream, an online presentation series that takes a up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.
Elation continues the webinar series on Thursday, 20 August at 11:00 a.m. CEST with Elation technical sales specialist Alistair Smyth and international sales manager Frederik Afif looking at the innovative qualities of the Rayzor 760 and Proteus Rayzor 760 LED luminaires. The presentation will air live on Elation Europe’s Facebook page. No registration is required.
The Rayzor 760 is an LED wash effect with wide zoom and innovative SparkLED pixel effect that offers all new design possibilities. Also available in an IP65 version, the Rayzor 760 projects well-defined beams as well as a wide wash coverage. When not in use as a beam or wash, its SparkLED background illumination system gives designers a new way of creating additional impact, for example as a backdrop in a camera shot.
To view the first Elation Coffee Break webinar, which highlighted Elation’s award-winning Artiste Monet LED profile luminaire, visit

adamsonallenaug20hrAllen Audio adds Adamson E-Series
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

USA - Based in the Metro Detroit area, Allen Audio Systems has offered client- and artist-focused sound reinforcement solutions for indoor and outdoor events in and around the state of Michigan for over 30 years. Now, with the addition of a sizeable E-Series system from Adamson Systems Engineering to its inventory, the company is poised to continue that mission with a wider scope and scale.
“We decided to invest in an Adamson E-Series system based on the overwhelming success of the S-Series system we purchased for the Agora Theatre in Cleveland a couple of years ago,” begins Mark Allen, owner of Allen Audio Systems. “The comments about that system have all been really positive, and many touring artists have raved about it. Given that, we knew the next system we would add to our inventory was definitely going to be Adamson.”
After making that initial decision, operations manager Bill Gleespen and staff audio engineer Jacob Wargo focused their attention on the company’s large-format E-Series loudspeaker solutions. “We’ve noticed more and more tours and festivals relying on the E-Series because of its power, throw, and clarity,” Allen adds. “We needed a solution to handle large theatres, small arenas, and festivals serving touring artists in Southeast Michigan specifically and the greater Michigan area in general, and the E-Series offered everything we needed and more.”
Subsequently, Allen Audio bolstered its inventory with a complement of 24 E12 three-way, full-range array enclosures along with 16 E119 subwoofers. As well, the comp


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