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sonus4614Optocore appoints Lithuanian distributor
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Lithuania - Optocore has appointed Sonus Exsertus as its new Lithuanian distributor.
Founded in 2013, Sonus had approached the German fibre network specialists when they were looking for new solutions regarding signal distribution. “We immediately saw the potential in this partner, since fibre, in our opinion, is the future of signal distribution,” said head of business development, Ramūnas Alenskas.
With many premier global sound and lighting brands in its distribution portfolio, SONUS is a total stage technology supplier, with a customer base covering theatres, cultural houses, concert halls, conference centres, and many other applications throughout Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Georgia.
The addition of Optocore to its portfolio was an obvious next step. “We could see the unlimited possibilities in transferring any signal from point A to any other point required,” continued Alenskas. “In the near future Optocore interfaces, which we will use in our installations, will speak for themselves, and customers will be able to see at first hand the endless possibilities.”
Already they have some prestigious venues lined up, as Ramūnas Alenskas confirms. “We have installations at the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre (with four halls), Druskininkai Cultural Centre (with three) and a few other lined up with Optocore signal distribution solutions.
To underline its faith in the brand, SONUS exsertus has already made a significant opening investment in Optocore drive racks, with demo systems comprising: Festival box petit; AutoRou

jasonbwFoundry Lighting expands into Dubai
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

UAE - Lighting design consultants Foundry has confirmed confirm the expansion of its business to Dubai, building on the success of its London-based operations.
Due to a significant increase in demand for projects in the Middle East, Foundry now has a permanent Dubai presence to service the local community.
Jason Perks has been appointed by Foundry as the new director of the Dubai studio. He will be responsible for leading projects in the Middle East and other international regions, as well as being part of the strategic team to further develop and grow Foundry.
Perks comments: “Having previously lived in Dubai, leading major international brands throughout the gulf region and beyond. I am delighted to be returning to Dubai and growing Foundry’s presence in the Middle East.”
Foundry’s director Neale Smith adds: “We are delighted to have expanded our business with the opening of the Dubai studio and the appointment of Jason. Jason and I have worked together in different guises for over 15 years, so it is amazing that he is now a part of the Foundry team.
“It is an exciting time for Foundry as we are experiencing outstanding levels of growth. We are looking forward to what the future holds, and our new Dubai studio puts us in a strong position to provide an even better service to projects in the middle east.
“Our mission is to deliver projects with passion, precision and purpose - not to mention enjoying the collaborative journey and having some fun along the way. We are thrilled to be starting our journey in Dubai

 
 
queens-awardMartin Audio presented with Queen’s Award
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

UK - Back in April this year, Martin Audio was honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for its Wavefront Precision optimised line arrays.
Upon the announcement, Martin Audio MD, Dom Harter, had eagerly acknowledged the prestige of winning, fittingly during the company’s 50th year. He also revealed that Wavefront Precision arrays had become the company’s fastest ever selling line array format suitable for both installation and live sound applications.
Six months later Martin Audio was formally presented with the award, at a special reception held at their High Wycombe HQ, by Countess Howe, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. Also in attendance were Councillor Zahir Mohammed, chairman of Buckinghamshire Council, as well as Phil Dudderidge, executive chairman and founder of Martin Audio parent company, Focusrite - and all the staff of Martin Audio.
After a brief demonstration of Wavefront Precision, Dom Harter introduced Countess Howe, who started by congratulating the company on its achievement. She noted that there were 205 award winners across the UK and only 48 in the innovation category, including two from High Wycombe. “Buckinghamshire clearly is the entrepreneurial heart of the UK,” she stated.
“In order to receive this award under the Innovation category you have needed to demonstrate that innovation is critical to the growth of your company, and that you have invested in development with the right risk balanced portfolio. Your research into what the market needs has been crucial to building

 
laapac3L-Acoustics opens Singapore office, names APAC CEO
Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Singapore - L-Acoustics has appointed industry veteran Timothy Zhou as CEO of L-Acoustics Asia Pacific. The company will this month also inaugurate a new regional office in Singapore.
In addition to the creation of a new APAC hub, Zhou will also manage a growing team that is dedicated to serving local partners as well as building awareness of the brand’s innovative technologies in key vertical markets, including those in residential and architectural applications.
To accompany Zhou in his mission, L-Acoustics has named two key team members to director roles. Alvin Koh has been named director of application project, APAC supporting clients and projects across the region while David Cooper takes on the director of sales, APAC role and will relocate to Singapore to provide elevated support to clients.
“In the coming years, we aim to serve customers and partners in the region more efficiently,” says Zhou. “We want to strengthen ties with our current network of partners in APAC, with the ultimate goal of becoming a hub that is an ideal base of support.”
The new regional office is located just a few kilometres away from Singapore’s central business district, close to local partners in the nearby Lavender and Kallang areas, but also centrally located for partners and clients across Southeast Asia, where demand for L-Acoustics products is strong and growing.
“We have established markets and seen remarkable brand growth in China, Korea, and Japan. Today, Southeast Asia represents one of the most dynamic regions of the world for L-A

 
 
ayrtonMain Light adds Ayrton Perseo Profiles
Monday, 15 November 2021

USA - Main Light, which has been providing dry hire lighting rentals to the entertainment industry since 1981, has purchased a substantial inventory of Ayrton Perseo Profiles from ACT Entertainment, the exclusive distributor of Ayrton fixtures in North America.
Perseo Profile is the first compact multi-function luminaire with an IP65 enclosure rating developed by Ayrton for intensive outdoor use. Perseo’s sleek, minimalist design in lighter-weight, die-cast aluminium is equally useful for indoor applications. Its rich feature set includes framing shutters, 18 interchangeable HD glass gobos on two wheels and a continuous dynamic effects wheel. A subtractive CMY colour mixing system combines with a variable CTO and a wheel with six complementary colours to produce an infinite palette of vivid pastels and saturated colours.
“We have been working with Main Light for many years, and it’s very exciting to have them come on board with Ayrton, the industry leader in the development of moving lights,” says Doug Mekanik, director of sales at ACT Entertainment. “We’re happy to support their new purchases as Main Light significantly grows their rental inventory.”
Randy Mullican, general manager of Main Light, which has offices in Wilmington, Delaware and Las Vegas, says: “We wanted to expand our IP fixture offerings, and ACT introduced us to Ayrton Perseo. Their feature set, light weight and framing shutters made them very attractive.”
He sees customers renting Perseo for corporate shows, music events and live production, both outdoors a

 
ep-logoProduction crew initiative gets industry support
Monday, 15 November 2021

UK - Entourage Pro is an initiative in production industry crew resources. This free-to-join global networking platform “bridges the gap between artists and the production world and is set to revolutionise how production personnel are sourced, accredited and availed to the wider production and music industries”. The scheme has the backing of industry names including Avolites, d&b audiotechnik, ChainMaster, MDG, Neutrik, Robe and Yamaha.
Entourage Pro draws on director Joel Perry’s 20 year-plus association with live music production, as well as its partnership with Showcase Music, which has 52 years of industry heritage to add to the platform’s offering.
“With the global events sector starting to re-emerge, we knew the time was right to launch a service that has real relevance for the live music industry,” says Perry. “It’s an idea that has been in the making for some time and it took considerable resources to define, but that’s because we wanted to make sure we got it absolutely right.”
Entourage Pro has to be as comprehensive as possible and relevant to the industry, both now and in the future,” adds fellow director, Showcase Music’s James Stanbridge. “We are in a critical window of opportunity, and we want this to be our way of helping the industry get back on its feet and bringing it closer together.”
Entourage Pro covers 140 professional freelance roles, from front of house engineer, backline tech, lighting designer and rigger to video content creator, LED technician and more. It has been designed to be a qu

 
 
k-arrayAudiologic appointed K-array specialist partner
Monday, 15 November 2021

UK - Audiologic has announced that from 1 October 2021 they become K-array’s exclusive specialist trade partner, as part of the brand’s continued and evolving growth strategy for the UK market.
2B Heard, K-array’s UK distributor, has been operating in the market for six years, and as part of an acceleration of growth, is now focussing specifically on the commercial and residential markets for the K-array portfolio. 2B Heard is working with Audiologic as a specialist trade partner, seeing them focus on and take an active role in the promotion of the product range for markets in which they specialise.
Sam Nankivell, 2B Heard co-founder, comments: “Our ever-changing marketplace means that at 2B Heard, we are focussing more on architectural and commercial installations for K-array, and we are keen that in line with that focus, we continue to service other markets and opportunities for the brand.
“Audiologic has exceptional industry and product knowledge, the ability to deliver demonstrations, training, and provide fantastic customer support. Furthering demo facilities and tech support, helps guide specifications and design, which provides a more comprehensive support network for people interested in K-array. We are very proud to be working with Audiologic and look forward to some exciting projects ahead.”
Audiologic will help K-array to build further connections with a wider base of integrators, across a range of markets including specialist retail and leisure, hospitality, professional AV and houses of worship.
Audiologic’s

 
astera-halo-hal171235139Halo extends Astera inventory
Friday, 12 November 2021

UK - Halo, a central London-based lighting and AV rental and production company founded in 1989 by Yann Guenancia, has been thriving ever since, including throughout the UK’s three pandemic lockdowns, when it was one of a few very fortunate companies in a position to remain open and keep supplying equipment for a broad range of clients.
The company’s recent investment into Astera products, including Titan Tubes and AX3 LightDrops, resulted from business actually expanding during this time as new opportunities presented themselves.
The first Titan Tubes arrived in March 2021 and were for lighting in the company’s pop-up streaming studio which was built in part of the warehouse and busy throughout the lockdown period. “More and more clients booking the space for their streams, recordings and video shoots were asking for Asteras, so we decided to buy some,” declared Yann.
They soon needed more Asteras as they proved to be one of the most popular livestream eye-candy effects, and the current stock comprises seven 8-way sets of Titan Tubes, four sets of the 4-way 2m Hyperion Tubes and two 8-way cases of AX3 LightDrops.
As ‘post’ pandemic activity has started to gather momentum, Alex Allen has joined the Halo team as head of rental / hires. “Initially, the Astera Tubes were being requested mainly for studio work and effects,” he commented, but as more and more businesses have been re-starting with live shows and events as the pandemic regulations eased, the demand has also risen for the Tubes in particular to be used by film and

 
 
birminghamSLX wins Commonwealth Games contract
Thursday, 11 November 2021

UK - Bristol-based SLX has been appointed as the official broadcast lighting provider for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The company will provide more than 2,000 LED fixtures to a wide variety of sports over the course of two weeks, at more than 15 competition, non-competition and training venues.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will see around 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories compete from 28 July until 8 August 2022. As the biggest event ever to be held in the West Midlands, it is expected to attract more than one million spectators to the city and have a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.
SLX will provide lighting solutions, ensuring the demanding requirements for both sport and broadcast are met. Project director Russell Payne will be working with lighting designers David Lewis and Nick Collier, both of whom have decades of experience in broadcast lighting operations for sporting events and other major events in venues around the world.
For Birmingham 2022, SLX is sourcing 100% of their local crew from Birmingham through a long-established local supplier of SLX. In addition, SLX is committed that all their lifting and access plant will also be sourced from local Birmingham suppliers.
SLX CEO Alastair Currie comments: “Working together with Birmingham 2022 means a huge amount to SLX, as it enables us to continue to navigate our way through Covid-19 with more certainty. The contract has also helped us steer our social values and sustainability agenda, which is really driving change within our business. We ar

 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Safe and Inclusive - A set of principles aimed at creating safe and inclusive working spaces in the industry have been updated to include all forms of discrimination. Launched in 2017 in response to the #MeToo movement by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, the original set of principles focused specifically on bullying and harassment.
The list has now been updated to cover all forms of discrimination, including racism, and the organisations behind the principles hope they will become standard across the industry. Equity and BECTU are among 21 industry bodies that are supporting the 10 principles and encouraging theatre employers, freelancers and board trustees to adhere to them.
Among the 10 principles are instructions recognising that “harassment or discriminatory language or behaviour may be unlawful under the Equality Act 2010” and that those adhering to the principles will “explicitly address and seek to prevent racism and all other forms of discrimination and bias”.
The principles urge “adequate protection for complainants and victims”, and call for appropriate action against the perpetrators. The 10 Principles will be made available to organisations around the UK as a free poster that can be displayed in offices, rehearsal rooms and backstage areas.
Astroworld - US rapper Travis Scott is facing multiple lawsuits after at least eight people were killed and hundreds injured in the crush at his festival Astroworld. The lawsuits include allegations that Scott and surprise performer Drake incited the crowd, and t

 
 
glyndebourne-photo-james-bellorini£1bn needed to make theatre buildings sustainable
Tuesday, 9 November 2021

UK - New research by consultancies AECOM, Avison Young, Bristow Consulting and Buro Happold for Theatres Trust has revealed the extent of the work needed to make the UK’s theatre buildings sustainable.
Matching the current state of theatres against the costs of recent refurbishment projects, the research group has revealed that making a typical 600-seat theatre fully sustainable and accessible will cost £11m. Analysis of 100 representative UK theatres estimates that £1.1bn is needed to make them sustainable and suitable for modern audiences.
However, the research, which was presented at the Theatres Trust Conference 21 Making Theatre Sustainable, shows that this level of investment in 100 theatres would bring huge benefits, saving 6,500 tonnes of CO2 per year - the equivalent of 9,700 return economy flights to New York 2 - as well as £3.3m annual revenue savings for the UK’s theatres / an average of £33,000 per theatre.
Finance is the major obstacle to theatres improving their building’s carbon footprint. In a separate survey 86% of theatres responding said it was a major challenge, with this figure rising to 92% in historic theatres. As a result, 24% of theatres have not made any green improvements to their buildings in the past 15 years and, of the 70% who had, only 20% had energy savings as the primary reason for refurbishment.
To help theatre buildings become more sustainable, Theatres Trust has spearheaded the Theatre Green Book project, along with the Association of British Theatre Technicians and Buro Happold, and it ha

 
powersoftPowersoft adds online certified courses
Thursday, 4 November 2021

Italy - Powersoft has launched two new certified courses on its website, allowing users to gain knowledge about core technologies, DSP, and network connectivity solutions.
The two new courses, 201i and 201t are continuations of previous courses already available on the website, providing a more extensive look into topics such as Dynamic Music Distribution systems, Mezzo amplifier platforms, and WM Touch.
During the 201i course the user continues on the path started with course 101i, completing the explanation of all the windows and functions of ArmoníaPlus whilst learning how to manage the networking and control through Third-party plugins.
In the 201t course, Interactive Tuning is introduced, a tool that uses the potential of Smaart v8, allowing users to measure and align an audio system, even offline. There are also lessons on networking, and a more in-depth exploration of ArmoniaPlus.
The E-Learning platform is designed to be a one-stop destination for online training. The courses are designed to provide sound engineers, integrators, and AV technicians the advantage to learn directly from Powersoft’s experts and gain certification upon completion.
“Created by our in-house experts, these courses are for anyone working in the professional audio market, so they can operate with specialist understanding on audio systems, and gain an expert’s insight into our audio products,” said Thiago Terra, education and application engineer.
The courses cover two main areas of the audio market: Live Sound and Install and are split into

 
 
pls2022Prolight + Sound 2022 looks to a greener future
Thursday, 4 November 2021

Germany - Prolight + Sound Frankfurt is set to return from 26 to 29 April 2022, with emphasis on sustainability.
With the Green Event Day on 27 April, the fair is offering for the first time a theme day all about the responsible use of natural resources. Companies and associations will present their green initiatives and underline that commitment to sustainability can also pay off economically.
Among the players who have already declared their participation in PL+S 2022 are ADJ, Area Four Industries, Ayrton, B. & C. Speakers, Bosch Rexroth, Bütec, Cast, Chainmaster, Chauvet, Clay Paky, ComputerWorks, dBTechnologies, DTS, Elation, ETC, Eurotruss, FBT Elettronica, GLP, Highlite International, HOF Alutec, InEar, JB-Lighting, Kling & Freitag, König & Meyer, KS Audio, Kvant, L-Acoustics, Lawo, Layher, LEDitgo, Lightpower, Link, MA Lighting, Meyer Sound, Movecat, nivtec-flexibel, Robe, SBS Bühnentechnik, SGM, TAIT, TMB, Tüchler, Ultralite and Waagner-Bir.
“The event industry is ready and hungry for a reunion. This is a clear signal we have received from companies and professionals. The positive overall mood creates a promising framework: not only for presentation and business, but also for talent acquisition and for the high-profile presentation of industry-relevant topics,” says Kerstin Horaczek, vice president technology shows at Messe Frankfurt.
Mira Wölfel, director Prolight + Sound, adds: “In this context, I would like to express my respect to the industry, which has managed to further expand its commitment to more sustai

 
plasa-wme-survey-autumn-2021-eshot-header-with-shadowPLASA and #WeMakeEvents launch Covid recovery survey
Wednesday, 3 November 2021

UK - PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have launched a survey to investigate how the live events sector is recovering with the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey aims to draw a detailed picture of the events, entertainment and installations industries following 18 months of disruption. The results are hoped to provide an insight into the challenges still facing the industry and will be used as an evidence base to better inform lobbying.
The surve contains questions about the supply of components and finished goods, the availability of skilled workers, and the year-on-year changes in terms of revenue and income.
Once all the data is collated and analysed, a full report will be published on both the PLASA and #WeMakeEvents websites.
From freelancers and sole traders to manufacturing companies and venues, all types of industry professionals are invited to take part. The deadline for completion is Friday, 3 December.
Follow this link to take the survey: plasa.me/recoverysurvey

 
 
referenceCamp Siegfried at the Old Vic with EM Acoustics
Wednesday, 3 November 2021

UK - Inspired by the real-life history of summer camps organised during the 1930s by the German American Bund in support of the 3rd Reich, Bess Wohl’s play, Camp Siegfried is a story of teenage passion against a sinister backdrop of Nazi ideology. Set in 1938, the drama focuses on two young teens, known only as ‘Him’ and ‘Her’, as they meet, chat and fall in love in the seemingly idyllic environment of a summer camp in Long Island.
However, the camp’s real aim is soon revealed as the two young people become increasingly consumed and impassioned by fascist rhetoric. Autograph Sound, were responsible for the design and implementation of the audio for this unsual production; sound designer Ian Dickinson selected the new Reference Series loudspeakers from EM Acoustics to form the core of the sound system.
“I’d already heard the R10s at a factory visit last year and was immensely impressed,” says Dickinson. “I was really keen to hear them in more than just a stereo setup - ideally in a multi-speaker system. I’d also heard that the R8s weren’t far off being ready and knowing that the R8s would be smaller than the R10s and thus perhaps a suitable hi-spec option for many of the West End’s smaller playhouses, I was even more interested.
“In terms of designing shows in and around the West End, obviously the boxes have to sound great, but the aesthetic is also a hugely important factor. Reference Series ticks both of those boxes, and Camp Siegfried at the Old Vic was the ideal opportunity to put them to the test.”
Dic

 
vitec-greenpeg-2Vitec tackles greenhouse gas emissions
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

UK - As the planet wrestles with global climate change, enterprises worldwide have begun incorporating green solutions into their business models. Companies are examining their emissions impact through a broader lens to achieve carbon neutrality. According to Phillipe Wetzel, CEO of streaming solutions provider Vitec, how enterprises use video applications and resources to support their operations sustainably is an essential piece of the puzzle.
“The immediate challenge is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by racing toward carbon neutrality, but it will not be easy,” says Wetzel. “The video streaming sector will have to design products that utilize fewer raw materials, are easier to transport, consume less energy, and are easily recyclable. Adopting carbon-neutral energy strategies throughout the enterprise video supply chain will be necessary. In response to these challenges, Vitec has launched its GreenPEG initiative to invest in carbon reduction projects and retroactively offset all emissions.”
Video streaming represented more than 80% of internet traffic in 2020. The internet accounts for more than 2% of global warming, and the footprint is still growing, with the impact of internet traffic on global climate change on the same level as air travel and transportation.
Similar trends, according to Wetzel, are unfolding within enterprise networks. In Vitec’s 2020 BTR-100 executive survey on video traffic and enterprise networks, 93% of executives reported that their organization’s video traffic is growing, requiring network capac

 
 
icoper-cover-with-borderICOPER in open comment period
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

USA/Europe - An open comment period on the International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging has launched.
The International Code of Practice for Entertainment Rigging (ICOPER) was drafted by industry professionals from around the globe to promote awareness and safety worldwide by providing a model code of practice with a focus on arena rigging but applicable to all event production rigging disciplines.
The practices described in ICOPER are intended to provide a universal foundation for those engaged in planning, managing and executing entertainment rigging. ICOPER also provides guidelines for those who wish to develop policy, design training content or help establish certification criteria.
ICOPER was published in 2017 and has been downloaded by over 1100 people located in 59 different countries. It has been translated into Traditional Chinese and Polish, with additional translations underway in Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Romanian, and Russian.
The authors determined ICOPER should undergo a comment and review cycle every four years as a response to changing work practices, technology and terminology, and are now requesting detailed comments from the rigging industry.
Copies of the current version of ICOPER and the Excel form for submitting comments can be downloaded from www.esta.org/icoper. You can also email icoper@esta.org to request a form be emailed to you.
Completed comment forms should be emailed to icoper@esta.org and must be recei

 
fenderFender acquires PreSonus Audio Electronics
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

USA - Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) has announced it has signed a definitive agreement of merger with PreSonus Audio Electronics, designer and manufacturer of recording and live-sound hardware and software solutions.
“We are thrilled to welcome everyone on the PreSonus team to the FMIC family and excited about the future growth opportunities available to both companies,” explains Andy Mooney, CEO Fender Musical Instruments Corp. “Our teams share the same passion for music, the same commitment to innovation and the same desire to inspire and equip current and future generations of artists.”
“I would like to extend our utmost gratitude to our loyal Baton Rouge and Louisiana community that have supported PreSonus for the last two decades,” says Kevin Couhig, chairman of PreSonus. “It has been wonderful being a part of this incredible journey with PreSonus. I’m excited to see what the future holds going forward.”
"After more than 25 years, PreSonus feels it has found the right partner to support us as we continue our growth,” adds Jim Odom, founder/CSO PreSonus. “We look forward to showing our current and future music community what this opportunity means for them.”
“PreSonus and Fender's combined vision, the way we see the future of music creation, and the fundamental alignment of goals has made this an exciting idea since the first conversation,” concludes Jim Boitnott, CEO of PreSonus.

 
 
nextstepforwardChauvet launches immersive demo website
Monday, 1 November 2021

USA - The Next Step Forward is onAIR is an immersive global digital premiere site presenting virtual demos of the new IP65 and broadcast technologies from Chauvet Professional.
Showcasing products that are ‘suited to shatter design barriers come rain, dust, heat, or snow’, The Next Step Forward IS onAIR can be accessed via www.chauvetprofessional.com/nextstepforward/
The interactive platform offers in-depth looks at the latest lighting solutions debuting in person at LDI, Las Vegas in November. Leading the way will be the series of soft light onAir IP Panels. Available in three models, all of which feature a 90+ CRI and equally impressive TM-30 score, this series is optimally suited for indoor or outdoor broadcast applications. Additional information on the onAir IP Panels will be provided by three lighting professionals who have worked with the fixtures: Terry Jackson of World Stage, Brett Puwalski of 4Wall Entertainment, and Brian Rosenblum of Dynamic Productions USA.
Also featured in the global digital premiere will be the Rogue Outcast 1 BeamWash, a lightweight and quick IP65 rated fixture with an outsized level of brightness; the IP65 rated Color STRIKE M Strobe/Wash with a 180ﹾ motorized tilt, and (in an exclusive preview), the soon-to-be-launched architainment line from the Iluminarc sister brand.
Live demos on other Chauvet Professional products will also be readily accessible on the site, as will segments from the company

 
laflux1Standardisation for object-based audio sought
Wednesday, 27 October 2021

France - Several pro audio manufacturers have joined forces to initiate a common language to ease immersive audio system integration within the production process.
Flux Immersive, L-Acoustics, Radio France, and other major industry manufacturers are bidding to standardise Open Sound Control as a streaming protocol through ITU BS.2076-2 Audio Definition Model (ADM).
ADM-OSC provides an implementation that follows the ITU standard, allowing to stream positioning information of audio objects in realtime using the Open Sound Control protocol. More importantly to integrators, ADM-OSC offers a universal communication language among object-based audio software for live and post-production.
To advance the proposal, a technical workgroup has been set up with industry peers. The workgroup has received the support of multiple manufacturers and the ADM-OSC language is currently implemented in some audio software.
“Since 2018, Radio France has been experimenting with object-oriented audio productions of electronic music concerts,” explains Hervé Déjardin, audio innovation project manager at Radio-France. “These trials have highlighted the need for a common protocol between the different elements of the chain. The objective is to be able to address the metadata streams to different rendering engines without using translators.”
Hugo Larin, Flux Immersive business director, adds: “Few things are more of a roadblock than trying to build an integrated workflow that incorporates multiple manufacturers and getting stuck in a proprietary communi

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Deep Concern - A House of Lords committee has warned it is “deeply concerned” about the “existential threat” facing the performing arts because of touring restrictions caused by Brexit and has urged the government to work to address the issues.
It outlines evidence heard by the European Affairs Committee on 14 September from BECTU national secretary Noel McClean, Incorporated Society of Musicians chief executive Deborah Annetts and chair of LIVE Touring Group Craig Stanley.
Kinnoull said that the committee found the witnesses "compelling and persuasive" and that it was "deeply concerned" by the evidence presented. In the letter, Kinnoull states: "The sector has been particularly badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and is now in the first stages of its recovery.
"It was clear from the evidence provided to the committee that this recovery is critically threatened by the restrictions on touring and performing in Europe resulting from the UK’s departure from the EU and the regime introduced by the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the impact of which has hitherto been delayed by Covid-19 restrictions."
Free Fringe Space - A new pop-up performance and arts venue has been announced for climate-change conference COP26 in Glasgow. The Landing Hub, which will run from 29 October to 14 November, is billed as the largest free fringe space during the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Located at 220 Broomielaw, the 450-capacity venue will host a programme of performance, film screenings, workshops, visual art installa

 
tech-guides-both-coverscrop800DALI Alliance technical guides published
Tuesday, 26 October 2021

USA/UK - The DALI Alliance has published two new technical guides that give more details about the DALI specifications for wireless and IP-based connectivity. One guide examines wireless lighting control with DALI gateways, whilst the other explores the DALI+ specification for providing DALI lighting control over wireless and IP-based networks. Both guides are available for free at www.dali-alliance.org/downloads.
Based on the open global standard IEC 62386, DALI was originally built around wired networks, but has recently broadened its scope to encompass wireless applications. The two new guides set out different ways of using wireless connectivity for lighting control, giving designers the flexibility to match the control system to their specific requirements.

 
 
elation-coffee-break500x500-8Elation Coffee Break goes XL
Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Europe - Back in June, Elation Coffee Break hosts Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif discussed lighting livestreams and other broadcast environments like a pro using the full-spectrum KL Panel LED softlight. But can a softlight do more? A new XL version of Elation’s broadcast-quality luminaire can, the KL Panel XL, and the next Elation Coffee Break is an opportunity to get a closer look.
The KL Panel XL offers the same precise colour temperature control, full-spectrum colour rendering, high CRI and even wash coverage of the original but extends the size, emits nearly twice the power (44,000 field lumens) and offers multi-zone control for dynamic effects. Tune in to the Elation Coffee Break on Thursday, 28 October 11:00 a.m. CEST to find out more. No registration is required.
The Elation Coffee Break is an online presentation series from Elation’s European office in Kerkrade, the Netherlands that takes an up-close look at some of the company’s most popular product series.

 
integrisure17Audac audio solution for IntegriSure
Tuesday, 26 October 2021

South Africa - System integration specialists Livingstone Productions have provided a sophisticated end-to-end Audac background music (BGM) system for IntegriSure, one of South Africa’s largest motor and home insurance brokers and its subsidiary company VIA Soft, which specialises in extended IT and administrative systems for financial services.
Based in Roodepoort, Johannesburg, the IntegriSure Group required a reliable and stripped back audio system that would seamlessly blend with their modern corporate environment. As the exclusive distributor of Audac in South Africa, Stage Audio Works (SAW) oversaw the design of the project, the supply of the equipment, and the commissioning of the system before handing back over to Livingstone Productions, who carried out the integration, delivering a solution that places the end-user experience at the heart of the operation, and will maintain it going forward.
At the centre of this install, Livingstone Productions integrated an Audac M2 8x8 Matrix Mixer, a multi-media audio distribution system, which boasts 11 powerful DSP processors. It can handle a diverse array of input signals, making it a suitable choice for this project, where the client required seven separate zones for their workspace.
A total of 23 powerful flush-mount Audac CALI660 ceiling loudspeakers deliver quality audio playback throughout IntegriSure’s headquarters with minimum visual impact thanks to their elegant design. A further two surface mounted ATEO6s were utilised where greater horizontal dispersion was needed - recommended by SA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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