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plasashow-2019-awards-press-release-awardslogoPLASA Awards for Innovation open for entries
Friday, 5 July 2019

UK - The PLASA Awards for Innovation 2019 are now open for entries from PLASA Show exhibitors. Products from all sectors of the entertainment technology industry are invited to be entered for the awards by 16 August.
Judged independently by a panel of industry experts, the Awards for Innovation are respected throughout the industry for recognising innovative new product design. All successful nominees will feature in the Innovation Gallery during PLASA Show from 15-17 September at London Olympia, culminating in a ceremony at the show on 16 September where the winner will be announced.
Product entries must demonstrate a new style of thinking, improve technical practice and safety, introduce new technology, materials or techniques, or offer new commercial advantages. Furthermore, an Award for Sustainability is reserved for products which achieve a significant reduction of power, utilise renewable energy or have a positive impact on the environment.
Awards set to be presented at PLASA Show not only celebrate innovative products - they also recognise the people who have led the way. Each year, the prestigious Gottelier Award, named after industry innovator Tony Gottelier, is presented to a pioneering product developer, with the winner voted for by PLASA members and registered PLASA Show visitors.
The 2018 recipient of the Gottelier Award was Unusual Rigging’s Alan Jacobi, with past winners including Wayne Howell, Anne Valentino, David Cunningham, Pasquale Quadri, Jim Bornhorst, John Meyer, Terry Clarke, Fred Foster, Alex Cooper, John Stadius

chroma-q-event-at-ac-et-northChroma-Q celebrates 15 years of LED
Thursday, 4 July 2019

UK - Chroma-Q has celebrated 15 years of LED innovation with summer BBQs and open day events.
The events, held in the Northern and Southern offices of its UK dealer, A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET), provided an opportunity for Chroma-Q users, including lighting designers, specifiers, rental production companies and venues, to get hands-on with the latest fixtures.
The full Chroma-Q range was on display, including its film and broadcast portfolio, featuring the Space Force and Space Force onebytwo soft lights, the Studio Force II studio light, and the Brute Force quarter Wendy alternative.
In addition, the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc light and the Inspire range of colour changing LED house lights were also on show. The Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting and media control range of software and hardware solutions featured at the event as well.
The British summer weather held out and allowed guests to indulge themselves with a selection of specialty gin and tonics from the Just the Tonic bar and enjoy an assortment of BBQ food in the sun.
The events were supported by Luminex, who had on show the latest range of LumiNode converters, as well its GigaCore Switches, and AC-ET’s in-house cabling manufacturer, Tourflex Cabling was also a supporter, providing guests the opportunity to discover their new services, including laser engraving and overmoulding.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales & purchasing director for AC-ET, comments: “These events have gone down really well with our customers. Not only was it a great chance to net

 
 
kraftwerkProlights appoints Belarus distributor
Thursday, 4 July 2019

Belarus - Professional entertainment lighting manufacturer Prolights has appointed Kraftwerk Trade LLC as its distributor in Belarus.
The Minsk-based system integrator was founded in 2009 and has been involved in high-profile projects and installations, including the Chapel of St Christopher, Radisson Belarus and the headquarters of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
Fabio Sorabella, managing director of Prolights, comments: “Kraftwerk’s extensive skill set and accomplishments make them the perfect distribution partner in Belarus. As previous customers, they understand our values, and we thoroughly look forward to continuing the fantastic working relationship.”
Ulyana Barkova, deputy commercial director, adds: “We’ve used Prolights products for a while now and have been amazed by the quality, output and level of service. We look forward to what the future brings and working together.”
(Jim Evans)

 
dwrDWR to distribute Klotz AIS cables
Thursday, 4 July 2019

South Africa - Germany’s KlotzAIShas has appointed DWR Distribution as its new distribution partner for South Africa.
Frederic Kromberg, director of international sales at Klotz, visited DWR in Johannesburg to secure the deal. “Klotz cables have been available in South Africa well over 15 years, but as a strongly solution-oriented company - especially with rental companies, installers and broadcasting markets - we are very excited to develop and expand our cable business in South Africa with the highly professional team of DWR. We believe this is a great opportunity for DWR to develop our extensive product range.”
Duncan Riley of DWR Distribution, says: “I knew of the Klotz brand and always admired the quality. But I really got a good feeling when I met Frederic and realised that their company was as people orientated as what we are. It’s an honour to be the distributor for this professional company and fine brand and we look forward to many years to come together.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bjorn-van-munster-explains-sara-iiAstro Spatial Audio partners with Audile
Thursday, 4 July 2019

Sweden - Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) has appointed Audile Electroacoustics AB as its official solutions partner for Sweden.
Audile will provide training and support whilst spearheading the expansion of Astro Spatial Audio’s brand-independent immersive audio technology into the country's entertainment sector.
“Our experience with these kinds of systems and the sonic evaluation of our trusted customers have all been clear that this is the best sounding platform on the market,” explains Mikael Collin, sales and project manager at Audile. “More or less all of the larger venues will be investing in this kind of technology to cope with future demands from productions so the number of possible installs over time is huge. We already have a lot of requests for demos.”
“We are both delighted and honoured to welcome Audile into our global family,” said Graham Murray, who looks after global business development for Astro Spatial Audio. “The knowledge and experience of our new solutions partner are second to none, and I’m very confident that we will achieve great things together in Sweden. I look forward to a long and fruitful friendship.”
The Astro Spatial Audio team has already travelled to the region to present a range of demo sessions in Sweden and Norway. “The demo sessions were incredibly well-received by a knowledgeable audience,” reports Murray. “Following these sessions, I have a huge amount of confidence that our partnership with Audile will bring us both a great deal of success.”
(Jim Evans)

 
brompton-homepage-imageBrompton Technology website relaunched
Wednesday, 3 July 2019

UK - Brompton Technology has relaunched its website (www.bromptontech.com) which has “a new, modern look, an easy-to-navigate menu structure and extra features that provide a better overall user experience”.
“We wanted to ensure that the website reflects the easy to use, intuitive nature of Brompton’s LED processors and provides both useful and essential information in a much more user-friendly format than we had previously,” explains Brompton’s managing director, Richard Mead. “For example, in the 'Support' area, as well as the latest product information and downloads of the latest software, we have added a sign up page for our increasingly popular training programme, making it quick and simple to find out where and when courses are happening and reserve a place.
“This update is just the first phase, and we expect to add additional pages and functionality in the coming months, including a lot more video to help users of our processors really understand the full potential of our latest features. We will also be creating a Chinese version of the site, especially to help support our partners and customers in Asia.”
Other new features include a product comparison chart, making it quick and simple to determine which product is best suited to the needs of any project, a list of Brompton’s manufacturer and rental partners which will soon be expanded to include what Brompton products they have, and access to the latest news about the company.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Plastic Free - Sir David Attenborough took to the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury to praise festivalgoers for using less plastic. The naturalist appeared shortly before Kylie Minogue's set, and previewed some of his new TV series Seven Worlds, One Planet, which is due to air on BBC One later this year. Thousands of people had gathered for his unscheduled appearance.
"Those extraordinary marvellous sounds you've just been listening to were the sounds of the creatures that live in the sea and the great oceans. You may have heard some of them in a series that went out two years ago called Blue Planet 2," he said.
"There was one sequence in Blue Planet 2 which everyone seems to remember. It was one in which we showed what plastic has done to the creatures that live in the ocean. They have an extraordinary effect. And now, this great festival has gone plastic-free. That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you at Glastonbury. Thank you. Thank you.”
Architects’ Award Winners - Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic and the Royal Opera House are among the winners of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ national awards for 2019. Seven new performing arts buildings from across the UK were recognised for their significant contributions to architecture. Other winners included Alexandra Palace in London, the Southbank Centre, Nevill Holt Opera in Leicester and drama school LAMDA.
Battersea Arts Centre reopened in 2018 following a 12-year restoration project which was extended when a fire devastated the

 
rentaampsoundsd121DiGiCo lands in the Caribbean
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Trinidad & Tobago - Earlier this year, Trinidad-based Rent A Amp Sound Co (RAA) took delivery of an SD10 and SD12, the first DiGiCo consoles to permanently reside in the Caribbean. The purchase, made through local sales and rental company Caribbean AV / AMR, followed multiple requests for DiGiCo consoles on local events.
The SD12’s first outing was on the I Am Legend concert at the end of April, which attracted an estimated 28,000 audience. Headlined by Jamaican musician Buju Banton, this was the follow up to his Long Walk to Freedom concert in March which marked his release from an eight-year jail sentence and his return to the Caribbean music scene.
The console was deployed for local artists Ziggy Ranking, Ataklan, Isasha and Kes the Band, plus Caribbean artists Wayne Wonder, Koffee and Luciano, as well as Banton himself. With both the SD12 and SD10 also booked for the Tobago Jazz Festival just a couple of days later, RAA’s decision to invest in DiGiCo was immediately justified.
“Both RAA and artist engineers used the SD12 during the I Am Legendconcert, with the RAA engineers having been trained by DiGiCo’s Dave Bigg, who flew over the week before the show,” recalls Fabien Bareille, VP AMR. “Set-up was done during soundcheck for each band and saved to the console. RAA’s engineers enjoyed mixing on the SD12 and the artists’ engineers were pleased with the results, too.
“As an added bonus, Dave stayed for the concert to provide support. We didn’t really need him, as everything went very well, but having him there gav

 
 
dave--johnCreative Technology acquires Ion Solutions
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

UK - Creative Technology Group (CT) has acquired Ion Solutions, a provider of professional audio visual and broadcast technology systems in Ireland.
Dublin-based Ion Solutions will become part of the CT Europe & Middle East group and will be rebranded as Creative Technology (CT) Ireland after a transition period. The existing management team of Ion Solutions will continue to run the day-to-day business.
Dave Crump, president and CEO of CT Europe & Middle East, comments: “The addition of Ion Solutions strengthens the CT organisation, increasing our full range of services and rentals we can provide to our clients, especially in an increasingly significant business hub like Dublin.”
Ion Solutions was founded in 1967 as a technology engineering specialist and has since added broadcast and AV systems integration, AV rental, facilities management and content creation capabilities to its portfolio of services. The business also offers a range of managed audio-visual services, ranging from maintenance contracts to on-site AV technician services.
John Roche, CEO of Ion Solutions, adds: “From our earliest beginnings in 1967, Ion Solutions has always sought to innovate in the market, and to offer our unique experience in broadcast systems, coupled with the best of AV technology to our clients.
“We were looking for the next step in our evolution and becoming part of Creative Technology and the global NEP Worldwide Network - working alongside our existing partners on the NEP Ireland, Screen Scene and NEP Connect teams - will be a tre

 
reynePowersoft and Reyn Audio join forces in China
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

China - Powersoft has entered into a strategic alliance with Chinese audio manufacturer and rental house Reyn Audio.
the pro audio arm of Foshan YiFeng Electric Industrial Co, Reyn Audio has an established presence in China and, through its sister brand ACME, has been able to supply many of the region’s most important local and visiting artists with full production for shows that draw fans in their thousands.
Massimo Minardi, Powersoft’s APAC account manager - OEM solutions, comments: “As their business has grown, Reyn Audio has started to get requests for systems that are comparable with the big players in the market, and with a similar level of usability. Considering the high profile and the size of the events that they are catering for, our ArmoníaPlus software and the X4 amplifier models have been the best choice for them. As they are a manufacturer with specific needs, the best solution was to create a business alliance with the opportunity of direct support from our headquarters in Italy.”
Tommy Su, Reyn Audio consultant, adds: “Co-operation with Powersoft is a well thought-out choice for us. Although other manufacturers in the industry are using similar platforms, we were concerned about the integration between the speaker system and the DSP amplifier. The intuitive system design of ArmoníaPlus is very efficient and perfect for our needs.
“We hope that, through our co-operation with Powersoft, Reyn Audio users will be able to enjoy a more powerful and convenient operating environment. At the same time, we hope to take adva

 
 
darren-caithness-nmk-electronics-business-manager-with-ayrton-fixtures-1Ayrton appoints distributor for GCC countries
Tuesday, 2 July 2019

UAE - Ayrton has appointed NMK Electronics as its exclusive distributor for the GCC countries.
Established in Sharjah in 1987, NMK Electronics is now based in Dubai where it has grown into a leading distributor of professional lighting, sound and AV products in the Middle East.
“The lighting industry has changed rapidly over the last few years with the introduction and acceptance of LED fixtures as suitable replacements to conventional lamp-based fixtures,” says NMK chief operating officer, Alex Kemanes. “Ayrton is on the rise globally, taking a large portion of the market share of the entertainment lighting industry by consistently developing state-of-the-art lighting fixtures which reduce operating costs while maintaining high lumen output. Our team was very impressed with Ayrton’s current portfolio and future roadmap.
“Our appointment to work with Ayrton in the GCC will further cement NMK’s already prestigious name in the live events industry as a distributor of premium brands. Many regional lighting designers and event companies have been very keen to use Ayrton fixtures but never really had the opportunity to test them in a real environment. We will now be able to give our clients hands-on experience with the fixtures to understand more about the Ayrton philosophy.”
Zane Cretten, international sales for Ayrton, adds: “Partnering with NMK in the GCC region is a great move for Ayrton. The company is a premium brand distributor with a great knowledge of the GCC market having been in the industry for 33 years. Adding Ayrton

 
legendLegend Theatrical joins Prolyte as rental partner
Monday, 1 July 2019

USA - Prolyte Group has announced a rental partnership with Legend Theatrical of Scotts Valley, California.
Legend Theatrical offers a complete array of technical services to the entertainment industry and is a frontrunner on providing new and innovative products to its clients.
Dave Dunning, CEO of Legend Theatrical, first encountered Prolyte’s Verto truss at the LDI Conference in 2016. “After meeting with Prolyte, I kept thinking about how Verto truss could improve our labour efficiency,” Dunning recalls. “At the time, we were working on a couple of projects with short load in times. I realized we could cut a massive amount of time if we had Verto truss in stock. In fact, it could have changed the entire event setup. It was at this moment that I decided it was time to add Verto truss to our inventory.” Legend Theatrical now carries the largest rental inventory of Verto truss on the West Coast.
As a distributor, AC Lighting and Legend Theatrical have enjoyed a long business relationship and through that relationship, Legend Theatrical was introduced to the Prolyte Group. “Dave and I spent about three months discussing this purchase and what AC Lighting could do to help facilitate the investment into Verto,” says PJ Turpin of AC Lighting. “We were finally able to come together on a deal that worked well for Legend, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Legend Theatrical is a great company to help carry Verto truss for Central, Northern and the Bay area in California.”
“Communication is key and much easier when working with

 
 
robe-new-swiss-distributor-1-officialRobe announces Swiss distributor
Monday, 1 July 2019

Europe - Moving light and LED manufacturer Robe Lighting has appointed ASL Electronic AG / SA as its new distributor in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, effective 1 July.
Basel-based ASL Electronic is a leading sales and distribution specialist in Switzerland that has operated in the professional lighting market since 1982. The company also distributes trussing and rigging products from Eurotruss, Doughty Engineering, Liftket and Kinesys; theatre lighting from Spotlight and City Theatrical; accessories from Le Mark and Chris James; and special effects from Smoke Factory.
David Scherz, ASL CEO, comments: “We are very excited to be distributing the complete Robe Lighting range in Switzerland. It is the leading industry brand right now and, even more importantly, a European brand. We intend to make it the number one moving light choice in Switzerland.
“We are extremely enthusiastic about our collaboration now and look forward to a long and fertile partnership as Robe keeps producing innovative and relevant products. We are confident that with Robe, we will be able to support all customer needs on an ongoing basis.”
Robe’s international sales director Harry von den Stemmen adds that Robe has “carefully analysed and evaluated the Swiss market” with the support of its German subsidiary since the beginning of 2019 - research which clearly identified ASL as the best match for the brand.
He adds: “It is essential for us to work with trading companies that have a good but neutral relationship with all customers plus the knowledge and

 
dwr-workshop-22-2Cape Town audio workshop looks to the future
Friday, 28 June 2019

South Africa - The Academy of Sound Engineering Cape Town, a tertiary institution for the entertainment industry, and DWR Distributions teamed up for an audio workshop to give the sound engineering students exposure and practice on some of the industry’s higher-end gear like L-Acoustics, DiGiCo and Audix.
“ASE Cape Town lecturers are all active industry professionals; this keeps them engaged with the technological developments. Basically, we are massive gear heads which is the reason we want our students exposed to some of the great products that a company like DWR distributes”, says Gaston Roulstone a lecturer at ASE Cape Town.
Jaco Beukes from DWR Distribution went to the Cape Town campus to give the students some “play time on some of the best toys”. “Before I began my portion of the workshop, I had the students set up the audio equipment with some real-life scenario problem solving and troubleshooting”, says Beukes. The result was a DiGiCo SD12 and S31 connected by a stage rack monitoring the L-Acoustics Syva and 5XT’s. This was the loudspeaker for the Audix Microphones on a drum kit. “I wanted to show them what this gear they could do,” adds Beukes.
Roulstone continues: “It was wonderful for our students to get the chance to set up and listen to the latest L-Acoustics PA system with a top end DiGiCo mixing console and a drum kit surrounded by Audix microphones. Allowing them to record and mix the drum kit gave them the opportunity to not only utilise the products but also to hear the various results from source to the fi

 
 
robe-pdf-productions-budapest-pdf211426330PDF Production deploys Robes home and away
Friday, 28 June 2019

Hungary/USA - Budapest-based PDF Production (Perfect Design Factory) was started by Peter Paricska in the 1980s. The company has grown into one of the leading and most successful rental companies in Hungary, specialising in the television and film lighting / production sectors as well as live events.
PDF was among the first rental companies in the country to have moving lights, and Paricska used the equipment to help establish and build his name as a creative lighting and production designer for a myriad of high-profile bands and music tours, before turning his expertise to the worlds of television and film.
He’s also been a distributor for several leading brands, and most recently, has steered PDF in the direction of Robe, purchasing 16 RoboSpot systems in 2017, followed up this year with 40 MegaPointes, all delivered through Hungarian distributor, AVL Trade.
PDFs RoboSpot systems - comprising the 16 RoboSpot BaseStations and their associated BMFL FollowSpot fixtures - have been used extensively on several TV shows and film shoots. “In so many cases remote follow spotting is a much easier, safer and more practical option than having an operator up in the rig,” says PDF’s head of technical, Attila Toth.
Twelve of the systems are currently at a newly established US venture - Redburn Productions - which Peter has set up in Las Vegas and were on the recent Bruno Mars tour as a dry hire. In the US, they have also invested in nine BMFL Follow Spot LTs. This is another new fixture from Robe which is a brighter, long-throw version of the s

 
adam-hallAdam Hall Experience Centre wins ADC award
Thursday, 27 June 2019

Germany - Adam Hall Group’s Experience Centre has won the Art Directors Club (ADC) Competition award for Spatial Experience, Corporate Interior.
The ADC Competition recognises the best in craftsmanship, beauty and attention to detail in the worlds of design, advertising and other creative disciplines. The award for the Experience Centre was presented to Adam Hall (the building owner) and to interior design agency Stilbruch United Designers and M&P Architects.
“Our goal for the Experience Centre is based around offering people the opportunity to not only be inspired but also to implement their creative ideas in a modern environment with state-of-the-art technology,” says Alexander Pietschmann, CEO of the Adam Hall Group. “Since the grand opening now a year ago, the Experience Centre is valued as a place for sharing great emotions and moments together – connecting business customers, partners, associations and our employees in an integrated manner. We are delighted to be presented with this honourable award by the ADC Jury.”
Opening its doors in June 2018 near Frankfurt (see LSi July 2018), the Experience Centre serves as a modern working and meeting place. Among other features, it is home to a fully equipped showroom, a large auditorium for live shows and product demonstrations, the company restaurant Come Together

 
 
plasa-show-2019Registration opens for PLASA Show 2019
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

UK - Registration is now open for PLASA Show 2019, which returns from 15-17 September to bring over 200 brands lighting, audio, AV, rigging and staging brands to Olympia London.
Mirroring the growth of the AV sector, this year’s show will present an array of next-generation LED screen technology from major players such as Canon and Midwich. Furthermore, Netgear will share its networking and integration solutions.
The audio presence at the show has been growing rapidly over the last few years and in 2019, the show will welcome Void Acoustics and CUK Audio in addition to Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Yamaha and Adam Hall among others.
Meanwhile, live audio demos will double this year, with L-Acoustics taking a dedicated demo space and KV2 Audio demo'ing its products, which feature across various West End and Broadway productions. There will also be back-to-back speaker demos from Adam Hall, Shermann Audio, Ohm, Aura Audio, RCF and Void Acoustics.
New for 2019 will be Stage To Studio, an initiative organised in association with Sound On Sound and Headliner magazines, which will see a band being recorded live and mixed by a professional engineer. Following this, a competition will launch, inviting people to submit their own mixes of the band performance for a chance to win a pro audio prize.
Lighting industry professionals will once again be able to see products from global industry leaders, including Claypaky, Elation, ETC and Robe. Joining the

 
kinesys-alpine-rigging-invests-apex-driveAlpine Rigging flies high with Kinesys Apex
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

USA - Las Vegas-based Alpine Rigging has invested in Kinesys’ new Apex hoists.
Alpine Rigging was founded by Brent Armstrong in 2011 and works in all sectors of the entertainment and leisure industry, including sports events, e-sports and competitive video gaming, as well as corporates / industrials and music-based shows - concerts, festivals and touring.
It was the touring market that led Armstrong initially to Kinesys where he perceives it to be “the industry leader” in automation systems, and Alpine’s initial Kinesys purchases came in 2015, comprising 23 half-ton Liftket motors with Kinesys Elevation drives and Vector control. These have been working constantly ever since.
The purchase was prompted by a series of events for famous video game developer and e-sports tournament organizer Riot Games, where the requirement was to move large LED walls. It was time for Alpine to invest in the kit rather than sub-rent.
Armstrong and his crew are all now extremely comfortable with the practicalities and philosophies of Kinesys operation, having engaged in training which is organised regularly in the US by David Bond, who heads the North American office.
“It has proved extremely versatile across all the different shows on which we work” says Brent.
Seeing a general increase in demand for safely flying people and objects over audiences, which Kinesys’ Apex products are specifically designed to address, Brent decided to make another investment, purchasing five Apex Hoists, which went directly out on the 2018 Dierks Bentley to

 
 
k-arrayK-array solution for Romeo and Juliet at LIPA
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

UK - The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) has recently benefited from the implementation of a K-array Anakonda and Kobra loudspeaker system supplied by UK distributor 2B Heard.
Following a K-array demonstration and training day conducted by 2B Heard directors Dave Wooster and Sam Nankivell, the audio staff at LIPA were impressed with the range of solutions that the Italian loudspeaker brand offers, and decided to take the opportunity for third year live sound students to use K-array systems on a production of <IRomeo and Juliet in the 400-seat Paul McCartney Auditorium. Students were given a strict brief to minimise the visual impact of the sound system, while at the same time delivering clarity and consistency throughout the audience area at an SPL appropriate for the dance-based nature of the show.
“The sound system had to be as discreet as possible given the highly detailed nature of the set,” explains third-year sound technology student and production sound engineer for the show, John Doolan, “but still be able to produce excellent sound reinforcement for the audience. Only K-array could deliver on such a brief.”
Providing left and right stereo feeds for the stalls of the Paul McCartney Auditorium were a pair of Kobra KK102 passive line arrays, with a further two units running in mono. The one-metre high columns blended unobtrusively with the pillars of the building structure.
Complementing these and making up the mono front-fill speaker system were four Anakonda flexible array speakers, totally unnoticeable within

 
nexoNexo Experience hits London
Wednesday, 26 June 2019

UK - Nexo’s Experience Day roadshow arrives in London on 3 July (Wednesday) to spend the day at The Mill’s rehearsal facility in Wimbledon.
With three line arrays from Nexo’s Geo M family on show at the 430sq.m. studio, the event provides an opportunity to ‘check the spec’ of Nexo’s latest PA products. Entry is free and catering is provided.
The line array systems featured in the showcase will be the recently-launched Geo 12, as well as the Geo M10 mid-size line arrays, and the popular compact Geo M6. The systems will be set up with Yamaha PM7 and PM10 Rivage digital consoles at FOH, running Dante audio network.
Nexo and Yamaha system experts will be demo the systems and discuss a range of topics including Dante networking, system monitoring with Nexo’s proprietary NeMo tools, and integrating Yamaha consoles with NXAMP powered controllers.
To register for the events, please follow this link.
After the summer, Nexo is planning further Experience Days in Leeds, Edinburgh and Dublin. Anyone wishing to reserve their place for these events should email Gareth Collyer at gareth.collyer@nexo.fr.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Fire Damage - A number of prominent musicians are suing the world's largest record label, Universal Music, after learning their music may have been lost in a fire. The case, which seeks damages in excess of $100m (£78m), was filed by the estates of Tom Petty and Tupac Shakur, the bands Hole and Soundgarden, and singer-songwriter Steve Earle. They are seeking class action status, which means other affected artists will be able to join the legal action.
It is the first case to emerge since a New York Times investigation alleged that hundreds of thousands of master recordings, protection copies, unreleased music and other materials had burned in a massive warehouse fire in 2008.
Among the hundreds of artists said to have lost music were Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Sir Elton John, Janet Jackson, Nirvana, Eminem and Guns N' Roses.
The legal papers, filed by three law firms in Los Angeles, accuse Universal Music of negligence by housing the recordings in "a known fire trap", as well as concealing the extent of the destruction from artists.”
Last week, Universal Music's CEO Sir Lucian Grainge instructed his staff to co-operate fully with artists seeking information on the status of their recordings. "We owe our artists transparency. We owe them answers," he wrote, adding that "the loss of even a single piece of archived material is heart-breaking".
Under Scrutiny - The “murky world” of London theatre has come under scrutiny in the House of Lords, with peers raising concerns about accessib

 
adj-roadADJ road tour rolls into Nashville
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

USA - ADJ Lighting has planned a two-day summer ADJ road tour event at Soundcheck Nashville to demo its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies and offer informative tech sessions on a variety of lighting and video control solutions.
On 16-17 July, ADJ Lighting will be in Nashville, Tennessee, at Soundcheck Nashville studios, 750 Cowan Street, where the company will spotlight its latest lighting, audio, and video technologies recently shown at InfoComm tradeshow. The showcase will include ADJ’s IP65 outdoor rated lighting solutions.
“Nashville is of my favourite ADJ road tour dates because we always have a strong turnout of lighting professionals. In fact, this is our fifth year in a row at Soundcheck Nashville,” comments Alfred Gonzales, national sales manager of ADJ USA. “ADJ is coming off a very successful InfoComm show. We’re looking forward to talking to installers and production companies about our wide range of IP65 outdoor rated lighting, plus all of our other professional lighting, video and Avante Audio solutions.”
ADJ will offer hands-on demos of the AV2 high resolution video panels, plus the recent debut of the Hydro Wash X7 IP65 rated moving head beam, the Hydro Beam X2, and Hydro Beam X1 IP65 rated beam moving heads; Vizi Wash Z19, Vizi Wash Z37, and Par Z Move zoomable moving heads; Entour Ice low-lying fog machine, and the Encore Burst Series of blinders; as well as other pro-line products for professionals looking for lighting solutions for event production, houses of worship, nightclubs, bars and lounges, fun cen

 
 
studerbrandlogobyharmanblackportalStuder adds distributors in the Middle East
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

EMEA - Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece have been appointed as distribution partners of Studer by Harman, operating across Egypt, Turkey, and the Middle East respectively.
“Introducing new distribution partners means we can present the latest Studer technology and align the Studer brand with the wider Harman Professional ecosystem, providing a greater range of high-quality options for our customers in the region,” said Andrew Smart, business development manager, broadcast, EMEA.
The agreements see Audio Technology, Ertekin Elektronik and Masterpiece offering pioneering Studer products including Vista control surfaces powered by Infinity processing engines and Glacier Professional Mixing Consoles to their existing and future customers.
“We’re delighted to partner with such highly-motivated distributors who can provide an extremely impressive level of service to our long-standing clients, including state broadcasters such as Turkish Radio and TV (TRT) and Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA),” said Mark Hosking, broadcast global sales director at HarmanInternational.
Ertekin Elektronik, headquartered in Istanbul, is distributing Harman Professional products for the first time, offering the Turkish market a 360-degree solution with audio, video, lighting and controls. This includes JBL Professional, AMX, Martin, Soundcraft, AKG, Crown, dbx, BSS and Lexicon products, alongside Studer consoles.
“Studer’s pioneering mixing systems have a long-established history in Turkey, so we are delighted to expand

 
martin-van-kouwen-ampco-flashlightAmpco Flashlight to distribute Outline Newton
Tuesday, 25 June 2019

The Netherlands - Professional live events equipment supplier Ampco Flashlight has added Outline’s FPGA-based Newton processing platform to its portfolio, to address the growing popularity of multi-send PA systems and multiple-source audio set-ups.
Ampco Flashlight Sales is now distributor for Outline Newton in Benelux.
The Utrecht-based rental and sales company supplies a range of events, including festivals, theatre, touring and broadcast productions and corporate events. Its portfolio features products from DiGiCo, Martin Audio, Allen & Heath, Clear-Com, ETC and Ayrton among many others.
“Being the answer for demanding install and touring applications where top-quality matrixing and processing is required, we are very happy that we can now offer Outline Newton to our clients in the Benelux,” comments Ampco Flashlight sales specialist, Martin van Kouwen. “Audio quality and technical specs are on the highest level which, combined with the extensive 18x16 matrix, has resulted in high-profile users all over the world.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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