Events News

james-wood-arena-events-solutionsArena Events Group acquires Events Solution
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - Arena Events Group has acquired specialist barrier and fencing company Events Solution.
The acquisition, worth £2.5 million, will see the Worksop-based company integrated into Arena’s current UK business.
Events Solution founder Richard Herberts is stepping away from the business, with James Wood set to continue as MD.
Arena UK & Europe CEO, Grahame Muir, comments: “Our business strategy is to provide a comprehensive suite of services to event organisers. Events Solution is a very well run and invested business and one we believe has significant growth opportunities. Having a new northern base works strategically very well and we aim to replicate this at our Cambridgeshire hub next year.
“Building on this years’ recent acquisition of furniture specialist hire companies, GLD and portable refrigeration supplier Ice House Rentals, the addition of Events Solution adds yet another in-house capability to Arena Events Group. This diversification adds expertise, extending our offering to existing clients as well as attracting new clients to Arena’s services.”
Events Solution MD, James Wood, adds: “Since being established in 2010, Events Solution Ltd has established a phenomenal array of clients ranging from film premieres in Leicester Square to mass participation events to national music tours and festivals. Joining the Arena Group will give us the resources and extended client network to continue growing our client portfolio in line with our ambitions. Myself and the team are very excited about a strong future as part

absenAbsen announces Europe showcase events
Friday, 22 June 2018

Europe - Absen Europe’s latest LED display technologies will be presented during its Stronger Together showcase events, taking place across 30 European cities this summer. The events kicked off this week in Madrid and Barcelona (19 and 21 June respectively) and will be followed by open days in Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and Turkey. 
The events are open to prospective clients as well as rental stagers, integrators and distributors alike, and will feature key products in Absen’s range, including the new rental and staging Polaris Series, the award-winning fixed install Acclaim Series, as well as an introduction to Absen’s control room dedicated CR Series. 
Each event is taking place over one day and will be attended by Borja Janariz Sanchez, Absen Europe’s corporate and retail industry director, alongside Absen Europe regional managers.
The schedule so far includes:
26 June: Milan, Italy
28 June: Paris, France
29 June: Padova, Italy
29 June: UK (venue TBC)
02 July: Brussels, Belgium
03 July: Frankfurt, Germany
05 July: Ireland (venue TBC)
06 July: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
25 July: Istanbul, Turkey
Dates for Portugal, Poland and Sweden will be announced soon.
To register for the above events, and for the latest list of events planned, visit www.absen-europe.com or contact the appropriate regional manager.
Borja Janariz Sanchez, A

 
 
londonlaunch-pressreleasePLASA Show proves its staying power
Friday, 22 June 2018

UK - On a high from last year’s 40th anniversary celebration, PLASA Show returns to London Olympia on 16-18 September, providing a stage for the world of live entertainment technology. The show continues to explore the cutting-edge of innovation and creativity and brings the biggest brands to thousands of visitors.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Peavey and Adamson, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips are among the 200+ brands exhibiting at the show. And, with last year’s showfloor selling out, extra stands have been released for smaller companies representing all sectors of the industry, from DJ and club, to worship and education.
The show provides invaluable opportunities for those with an interest in working with lighting consoles and loudspeaker systems by providing dedicated training sessions and demos. There will also be more hands-on experiences than ever before, where visitors can sharpen their skills on the latest products guided by expert brand representatives.
New features include a showfloor seminar theatre that will serve as an epicentre for production specialists and riggers looking to elevate their knowledge. This is in addition to the lighting, pro audio and AV, and Fast Track theatres on the Gallery level, delivering continuous next-level content throughout the show.
The Gallery will include an enhanced bar area, a PLASA Members Zone, and a photography display of the Lightpower Collection which shines a light on live rock 'n' roll performance.
PLASA’s internationally recognised Awards for Innovation

 
stage-setStage|Set|Scenery offers start-ups a platform
Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Germany - At Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 18 to 20 June 2019 in Berlin, event industry start-ups can present their products to expert international audiences, establish important business contacts and secure new markets. They will benefit from attractive rates, say the organisers.
At Stage|Set|Scenery 2019 companies which have been on the market for up to three years will pay a net flat rate of 1,250 euros. Services covered by this fee include a stand occupying 7.5sq.m, construction of the stand, furniture, carpeting, electricity, exhibitor IDs, AUMA fees and a media package.
Stage|Set|Scenery takes place every two years on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Last year, some promising start-ups were already in attendance. FRAMED immersive projects GmbH & Co. KG, for example, which gave a live presentation of the usomo sound installation at the SoundLab. The system creates a 3D listening experience and turns rooms into a walk-in, interactive sound landscape.
”The audience members immersed themselves in the usomo sound landscape which they could individually explore by moving freely around the SoundLab“, said managing director Steffen Armbruster. “Stage|Set|Scenery was an excellent platform that let us showcase usomo at a professional fair.”
Other exhibitors included the start-up Riverside Solutions which displayed its Misto APS software, a web-based scheduling and administration system for theatres which was designed in close collaboration with several Finnish theatres.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
allenheath-newAllen & Heath wins Best of Show award
Monday, 18 June 2018

USA - Allen & Heath’s SQ-7 digital mixer won the Best of Show award the 2018 InfoComm Show.
The prize was awarded by NewBay Media’s Pro Audio Group, who highlighted the desk’s technical performance, value, versatility and reliability.
Allen & Heath held SQ-7 training sessions at the event and also introduced interactive video displays for its ME Personal Monitoring system, a focused installed-sound #WallOfInstall, and ‘real world’ application touch panels and controllers from Allen & Heath and third-parties such as AMX, Attero Tech, Extron and RDK. The company also highlighted its dLive Digital Mixing System version V1.7 firmware with Shure integration.
In the Allen & Heath training session, Designing Efficient, Cost-Effective Distributed Audio and Integrated Hardware Control, installation product manager Martijn Verkerk presented a wide range of topics from audio networking basics to more advanced system design strategies.
Verkerk comments: “Having the opportunity to share and discuss various approaches to distributed audio and interactive AV was wonderful. As often happens, we learned as much from attendees as they learned from us when it comes to unique ways of designing and configuring highly flexible Allen & Heath installed solutions.”
Jeff Hawley, marketing manager, Allen & Heath USA, adds: “The Allen & Heath booth was hopping through the entire show, with queues forming around the SQ-7 and our other interactive displays. For SQ, fans spoke and we listened by bringing out this new

 
infocomm-2018-stand-raw-edited-cmykCurrent RMS enjoys successful InfoComm
Friday, 15 June 2018

USA - Celebrating its third year of exhibiting at InfoComm, Current RMS demonstrated its rental management software to all that came by stand C1510 over the three days.
Since last year’s show, Current RMS has released a number of new features, showing that it’s expanding as per the changing needs of the industry the cloud-based software was built for.
Do a Deal, the most recent feature update, was well received by booth visitors, providing users with the ability to set a round figure on quotes and orders they create for their clients. For example, if a job comes out at £6,453, it can be rounded up or down to create a neater price and much friendlier quotations. Deal prices are flexible, and can be set on product groups, or the entire job, distributing the change in revenue accordingly and allowing users to keep track of the profitability for each job.
Alongside this update, Current has introduced other features for the AV, lighting & staging industry, including Global Check-in. This additional feature makes it easy to get all kit returning from multiple jobs, checked in and back on the shelves as quickly as possible, simply by scanning or manually entering your way through the assets.
Current thrives off feedback from customers, with all updates to the system built with feedback from its open Customer Wishlist in mind. Users simply pitch their own ideas or add votes onto others with what they’d like to see in the system.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
elation-pro-service-daysElation Europe schedules PRO Service Days
Friday, 15 June 2018

The Netherlands - Elation is holding PRO Service Days on 10-11 July at its European headquarters in Kerkrade, the Netherlands.
The training days will provide in-depth technical knowledge of the company’s most popular products, with a detailed look at technological construction while covering important service guidelines. A €30 hospitality fee will be required to cover food and drinks and registration. There is only room for 15 participants each day early registration is recommended. Deadline for registration is 6 July.
Elation’s European headquarters is centrally located on the German / Belgian border and can be easily reached by road from the UK, Belgium, Germany and France. For details, questions and/or help with accommodations, please contact Elation Europe at info@elationlighting.eu.
(Jim Evans)

 
theatretrustTheatres Trust conference booking opens
Friday, 15 June 2018

UK - Theatres Trust has announced that booking is open for its 2018 conference in October.
The 2018 conference, Adapt & Thrive - new money and new models for theatre buildings will be held on Tuesday, 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.
The annual conference will feature broad-ranging debates, panel discussions with audience participation, case studies from architects, theatre operators and consultants, developers, local authorities and LEPs, and high profile speakers, including Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, and producer and theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust, comments: “If there is one thing the theatre industry is good at it is improvising - making the best of our resources and ensuring that at all costs the show must go on. We now need to pose important questions: How are the UK’s theatres changing their buildings and their business models so they can thrive in the 21st century? What are the future capital needs for Britain's theatres? Where are the gaps in provision and where will the finance be sourced?
“Conference 18 will look at the measures that can be taken to ensure Britain continues to invest in its theatre building infrastructure so that present and future generations can access the excitement of live performance wherever they live in the country.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
em-acousticsEM Acoustics wins ABTT Sound Product award
Thursday, 14 June 2018

UK - EM Acoustics claimed the ABTT Sound Product of the Year award for the EMS-4, a new compact two-way passive speaker part of its EMS Series.
The product received praise from the judges, who said: “Following on from the success of the EMS-51, EM Acoustics have downsized with the EMS-41. This speaker features a compact design with a four inch driver and coaxial compression driver, producing a similar output to the larger EMS-51 but at half the size and below half the weight. This compact unit is ideal for placing discretely in positions where visual impact needs to be minimal, and the multiple connection options to the rear of the unit means it will integrate efficiently with existing infrastructure.”
EM Acoustics’ Mike Wheeler comments: “We were already bowled over by the reaction to the EMS-41 at PLASA Focus Leeds, “but this is just fantastic, especially as we were up against some pretty tough competition from very well-known brands, so it’s doubly gratifying.
“We developed the EMS-41 specifically in response to customer requests asking for an ultra-compact extension to the EMS Series to give them more options when space is tight or visual impact needs to be minimal. To have that decision - and the resulting product - rubber-stamped by such a prestigious jury makes us very proud.”
(Jim Evans)

 
ca14956Protec Europe delivers for Xerox Forum 2018
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Poland - Protec European Events partnered with their client Xerox once again to deliver the audio, lighting, video and rigging at the Xerox Forum 2018 held in Warsaw.
This event, held in the Doubletree Hilton from 22-24 May, included three days of presentations and 23 seminar sessions with the highlight being the Xerox International Operations Premiere of the new Xerox IridesseTM Production Press.
Xerox hosted 400 of their top graphic communications customers, resellers and business partners from around the world.
The project ran in a few separate spaces or scenes – a daytime conference, a pre-reveal with Kabuki curtain, the reveal element and finally, the conference and demonstrations on the new machine.
Sean Godefroy, HOD Protec video, chose three Barco 20k projectors, one for each side screen and one for a kabuki drop drape projection. He chose the Christie Spyder X20 due to its flexibility and reliability to cater for any instance.
The audio team chose the unobtrusive Nexo Geo M6 line array to cover the 6m high, long, wide room. The rig was designed by Simon King, PM at Protec, checked by Ben Waters HOD of Audio and operated on site by sound engineer Gareth Taylor. Everything was operated from a Yamaha QL5.
The main arrays were supported by four Nexo LS18 subs, all ground stacked which provided extended low frequency response. On stage for monitoring Waters chose to use d&b speakers, powered by d&b D series amplifiers.
Project manager Wayne Jackson explained why Protec Europe chose the Sennheiser FBG3 wireles

 
 
Full house for d&b ABTT Soundscape sessions
Tuesday, 12 June 2018

UK - Attendees at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show were eager to experience the d&b Soundscape sessions as visitors packed into the Londesborough Room at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 and 7 June.
Powered by the d&b DS100 Signal engine, an audio system processor based on a powerful Dante enabled signal matrix, the d&b Soundscape “enables unparalleled creativity through its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space”.
The Soundscape sessions proved to be extremely popular, with the d&b GB team demonstrating the new creative tool by deconstructing audio content from a number of typical live event scenarios. Using sound objects, the team recreated a range of scenarios in d&b Soundscape: a traditional theatre, a small gig and Verdi’s AIDA from the Sydney Opera House. d&b also showed how an experimental sound artist was able to manipulate spatial audio in a live environment using the artist’s own unique performance technology.
Stephen Hogg, managing director d&b GB comments, “ABTT 2018 was d&b Soundscape’s UK show debut, and it’s been a big success. Theatre sound technicians have long embraced sound localization and Soundscape enables this within the established d&b Workflow. ABTT is always a great show for d&b GB; reaching this key audience in such numbers presents a great opportunity for us to talk through our hardware, enabling technologies and value-added services with users and customers.”
(Jim Evans)

 
boxclever-websafeFlightcase Warehouse acquires Box Clever Cases
Monday, 11 June 2018

UK - Flightcase Warehouse has acquired Production Park-based heavy-duty case company Box Clever Cases, effective 4 June.
The deal reflects an “ambitious growth strategy”, which has seen the Tamworth flight case manufacturer invest in “product, people and process”. Flightcase Warehouse is also launching an enhanced protective case service for Production Park businesses, including an on-demand delivery service, and is transferring all manufacturing to Tamworth.
Sam Austin, managing director of Flightcase Warehouse, comments: “The Flightcase Warehouse acquisition of Box Clever Cases complements our overall offering whilst strengthening our hand in the production and live events marketplaces through maximising the unique and exciting opportunities Production Park affords us. We’re an ambitious company continually leading the way in both exclusive services and product development, and we see our new relationship with a Production Park resident as representing a great growth trajectory.”
Box Clever Cases will continue to trade under its existing name and team. It has refreshed its logo to reflect the new alliance.
Graham Kearsley, managing director of Box Clever Cases, adds: “Through this purchase, businesses on Production Park and the wider industry alike will continue to enjoy the personalised service that they currently receive from Box Clever Cases, but with the added bespoke, manufacturing and speed benefits of Flightcase Warehouse. We’re passionate about delivering a professional, friendly and down-to-earth service and our cu

 
 
agm-snapshotPLASA Members’ Day and AGM celebrates unity and growth
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

UK - The PLASA 2018 Members’ Day and AGM took place on Thursday 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park, London to reflect upon a year of specialist projects, industry collaboration and growth.
Members and guests enjoyed a productive day with an insightful AGM, followed by a networking afternoon in the venue’s unique ‘physic’ garden. The lively guest speaker, Caroline Russell from The Ideas Centre Group, encouraged audience participation with her creative approach to problem-solving, then attendees were invited to stay for drinks into the evening.
PLASA Treasurer Mark Surtees presented the 2017 accounts and announced that PLASA is in a place of financial stability, highlighting an increase in profits due to commercial growth within Events and Media. Newly elected Chair, Adam Blaxill, added later that all profits funnel back into the Association, enabling PLASA to generate and implement more initiatives to directly benefit its members and the wider industry.
Managing Director Peter Heath described how the last 12 months has been ever-changing and that PLASA has been proactive in connecting and collaborating with its members. Blaxill bolstered this by encouraging members to get involved with the Association’s activities and work within specialist groups if they feel they have something to offer. Both Blaxill and Heath also noted that although Brexit is looming PLASA has continued to reach out to European members to help unify the industry and raise working standards.
There were several presentations f

 
bmsdInfoComm 2018: Bose debuts interactive design tool
Tuesday, 5 June 2018

USA - Bose Professional has launched the Business Music System Designer (BMSD), a new online interactive design tool to aid audio integrators in specifying the right Bose Professional sound products in commercial audio applications. Hosted online and free to access, the BMSD tool helps users quickly choose the right sound solution for specific applications and customer budgets.
The first release of this easy-to-use web tool focuses on Bose FreeSpace and EdgeMax loudspeaker recommendations for non-technical users, based on simple parameters such as room dimensions, mounting style, desired coverage and volume level. The tool then provides “good” and “better” options for loudspeaker quantity, tap settings, placement locations and spacing.
Business Music System Designer reduces design time and increases confidence that the right system has been recommended, says the company. The next update to the tool will produce further system recommendations, including amplifier and accessories selections, as well as other useful options.
The web tool’s intuitive visual user experience and reporting capabilities enable integrators to turn estimates around quickly, while helping to build credibility and more productive engagements with their customers.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
aes2018hearingAES hearing health conference set for Chicago
Monday, 4 June 2018

USA - The Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders (MIHD) will take place this month, 20-22 June, 2018, at Columbia College in downtown Chicago. The conference will feature a wide range of presentations, academic papers and panel discussions focused on the latest strategies and technologies for safer long-term hearing outcomes across the music industry. Conference registration is now open.
The conference will bring hearing health researchers and equipment manufacturers together with studio and live sound specialists from the music industry. It will highlight best practices in promoting hearing wellness among musicians, sound engineers, and concert attendees. Organizers also plan to host informal explorations of the Chicago music scene by night.
Paper co-chairs Dorte Hammershoi and Jon Boley have curated a diverse range of topics from leading hearing wellness experts from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. In addition, interactive panel discussions promise to bring key issues into sharp focus. The keynote speech Music for Brain Health will be delivered by scientist, inventor, and musician Nina Kraus, PhD, of Northwestern University.
Some of the other topics being presented are: Strategies and Technologies for Safer Listening; Hidden Hearing Loss; Music and Hearing Aids; Safe Sound and In-Ear Monitors and Performance Venue Guidelines for hearing protection.
The conference is organised by co-chairs Dr. Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics and past AES president Robert Schulein of Immer

 
crestaudioc186kdsppowerampfrontInfoComm 2018: Crest Audio debuts C1 Series
Friday, 1 June 2018

USA - Crest Audio has unveiled the new C1 Series range of contracting and installation amplifiers featuring powerful and efficient Class D designs, on-board digital signal processing, Dante protocol networking and USB/Ethernet connectivity for monitoring and control. The new C1 Series amplifiers are contractor-friendly thanks to the addition of Euro connector inputs and barrier strip outputs as well as fault relays and CV (control voltage) inputs.
The C1 Series currently comprises four models: C1 86k 8-channel amplifier with 750w/channel into 4 ohms; C1 48k 4-channel amplifier with 2000w/channel into 4ohms; C1 44k 4-channel amplifier with 1000w/channel into 4 ohms, and C1 25k 2-channel amplifier with 2500w/channel into 4 ohms
All models incorporate a highly efficient switch mode power supply and Class D circuitry with full bandwidth PWM modulators for ultra-low distortion, high efficiency and superior circuit protection. The clip/limiter function provides output monitoring to prevent speaker damage with gentle gain reduction at clip threshold as well as efficient heat dissipation and overheat protection for uncompromised reliability.
In addition to being powerful workhorses, C1 Series amplifiers are also capable and sophisticated loudspeaker processors thanks to a powerful internal DSP engine with sampling rates of 96 kHz/24bit and high performance 24bit AD/DA converters.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
etc-abtt-2018ABTT 2018: ETC and High End Systems team up
Friday, 1 June 2018

UK - ETC and High End Systems will be side by side at the upcoming 2018 ABTT Theatre Show, marking the first time that High End Systems has exhibited at ABTT since joining the ETC family last year.
Visitors can indulge in the renowned ETC ABTT Theatre Show hospitality on stand B40, while speaking to representatives about the many products on display. There will be an opportunity to see several new releases, including the Element 2 console and ColorSource Pearl luminaires. The affordable and easy-to-use Element 2 offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.
Other highlights from ETC will include the ever-popular Source Four LED Series 2 system, ColorSource family consoles and fixtures, ETC Rigging equipment, and the new architectural luminaire, Irideon WLZ.
Meanwhile, over on stand C40 attendees can check out a selection of High End Systems gear. Following its successful preview at Prolight + Sound, the SolaFrame 3000 moving light will be making its UK debut at the ABTT Theatre Show. There’s also a chance to see some other Sola Series fixtures in action – SolaFrame Theatre and SolaFrame 750. Visitors can also get demos of High End’s Hog 4 and Road Hog 4 lighting control desks.
(Jim Evans)

 
stumpflInfoComm 2018: AV Stumpfl unveils software solution
Thursday, 31 May 2018


USA - AV Stumpfl will allow InfoComm visitors a first look at their next-generation media server software solution PIXERA, scheduled to be released later this year. The 64-bit system for real-time media processing, compositing and management is built around the key theme of usability.
Users can gradually discover the options and features and can smoothly transition from being a beginner to becoming a specialist. Actions in the 2D and 3D space follow the same mechanisms. The system was designed so that users can execute the most important basic actions in record time and with only a minimum of effort.
A radical new interface logic enables even first-time users to intuitively understand the main software mechanics.
AV Stumpfl global business development manager Horst Damoser explains what makes PIXERA so special: "In order to have a real impact on the highly competitive media server and media playout software market, our development team came up with a radical new approach.
“There are many great systems out there, but we believe that PIXERA is the only one that strictly follows a product philosophy that lets users focus on their work instead of having to focus on technology. At the end of a busy working day, we want PIXERA users to be able to think about what they achieved that day and not about which sub-menus they had to click."
(Jim Evans)
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Caption: The 64-bit system is built around the key theme of usability

 
 
linda-rope-largeABTT 2018: Rope Assemblies to debut Anchor Strop
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Rope Assemblies is set to debut its new Anchor Strop on stand A22 at this year's ABTT show. The Anchor strop is a 6mm stainless steel wire rope with thimble eyes on both ends, copper ferrules, and has been designed for general PPE requirements.It has an EN362 hook on either end and joins the company's existing range of Anchor Strops and is perfect for use in a wide range of industries – wherever a person works at height, near unprotected edges or in confined spaces.
The Anchor Strop will be joined on the stand by Rope Assemblies' lighting and climbing ladders. Ann McCorkell, technical manager explained: "The Lighting Ladder was created in conjunction with one of our customers who needed a solution for hanging lights vertically without the space consuming aluminium ladders."
Consisting of two lengths of wire rope with spacing of end stops, karabiners at the end and removable rungs for easy transportation and storage, the Lighting Ladder can be manufacturedto whatever length the customer requires and this can be increased by purchasing additional length. What's more, several ladders can be joined together width-ways to create a lighting 'curtain'. Rungs are available in widths of 500mm and 1m and spare rungs are available.
Rope Assemblies' Climbing Ladders are also manufactured on-site at the company's Retford factory and are fully compliant with the US Standard ANS1-E1-1 as there is no EN Standard for wire rope ladders. All ladders are manufactured with knurled rungs, karabiner end fittings and EN795 anchor straps. They are made to order by le

 
unusualABTT 2018: Unusual Rigging in positive mode
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - Unusual Rigging will showcase its wide range of products available for sale and for hire.
Tom Nightingale, Unusual's technical manager explained: "For Unusual, ABTT is undoubtedly the most important event in the trade show calendar. It gives us the opportunity to meet with the people right at the heart of the very industry that we aim to serve. We are incredibly well known for the projects we work on but people are often surprised when we talk them through the extent of our sales, hires and services offerings."
Several members of the Unusual team will be on hand for the duration of the show and . Tom continued: "In previous brochures we've focussed on the specific products tvisitors to the stand will be able to pick up a copy of the company's new Sales and Services brochurehat we can offer, but really, the range is so huge, no brochure could really do each product category justice. So this year what we've aimed to do is to give an overview of our sales, hires and services – a starting point if you like, that can lead to more in-depth conversations about the specifics."
This year's stand will once again feature a show reel of some of the company's 'best bits' from the last year. "This will be the third year we've produced a show-reel and we're excited to really show off some of the projects we've been involved in. From the RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth to Lumiere London, not to mention the vast number of West End shows and theatre tours we've played a part in. We know that in previous years, the film has proved to be a real talking point among

 
 
dbsoundscape0011previewABTT 2018: d&b to demonstrate Soundscape
Thursday, 31 May 2018

UK - The d&b Soundscape is “sound as you feel it, sound as you see it, sound as it is meant to be heard”. Attendees at this year’s ABTT Theatre Show will have the opportunity to experience this in person during the d&b Soundscape sessions at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 and 7 June.
Powered by the DS100 Signal Engine, a revolutionary audio system processor based on a powerful Dante enabled signal matrix, the d&b Soundscape provides unparalleled creativity through its two software modules En-Scene and En-Space.
During the presentations d&b will demonstrate the evolution of sound systems. The team will deconstruct audio content from a number of typical live event scenarios, and through automation of sound objects, recreate them in d&b Soundscape; the traditional theatre, a small gig, Verdi’s AIDA from the Sydney Opera House, and how an experimental sound artist was able to manipulate spatial audio in a live environment using their own unique performance technology.
(Jim Evans)

 
lightweight-lighting-standlow-resABTT 2018: Doughty's lightweight stand to debut
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its debut on stand C30 at ABTT, to be held on 6-7 June at at London’s Alexandra Palace.
The stand, which recently appeared at PLASA Focus Leeds and Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt in prototype format, is now in production.
The stand takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater model. It comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the first part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stand. This piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a

 
 
zero-88-abtt-2018-preview-leisuretec-trainingABTT 2018: Zero 88 highlights FLX range
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 will highlight its FLX range of consoles at the ABTT show on stand E23 in the West Hall at London’s Alexandra Palace next week (6-7 June).
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event. The desks will run with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software.
FLX S24 is a new console that runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price.
FLX S48, also new, has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Visitors can also see Zero 88’s popular Chilli Pro range of dimmers including the new Chilli Pro 12 and Chilli Pro 24 Bypass dimmers with RCBOs.
A selection of neat and useful data distribution and networking devices from Zero 88 will also be showcased, including Split2.8 RDM, EtherN.8 RDM and the SCD Server Pro DMX generator.
(Jim Evans)

 
speakerwebsafeITEAC 2018: Diller and Starr complete keynote line-up
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

UK - The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has confirmed its final keynote speakers.
Joining the array of confirmed speakers from around the world is founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), Elizabeth Diller, whose New York-based design studio practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.
Her appearance on Monday, 4 June 2018 will be complemented by co-founder of the Bridge Theatre and former National Theatre executive director, Nick Starr CBE, on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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