Events News

coatsandcollarsHawthorn production for Battersea fundraiser
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball returned for its ninth year earlier this month, with Hawthorn on hand - or should that be paw - to deliver full technical production for the star-studded occasion. Taking place at Battersea Evolution, a Smart venue, the creative technical production expert provided lighting, sound, video and staging for the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Even with a guest list packed with some of biggest names of stage, screen and sport, it was Battersea’s four-legged friends that stole the spotlight at the Gala Ball. Battersea’s legendary Guard of Honour, a red carpet lined with the home’s dogs and their handlers, kicked off proceedings before guests settled down to a dinner by Smart Hospitality.
Guests of the two-legged variety were kept well entertained throughout the evening with both a silent and live auction as well as performances from Mica Paris and reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.
Hawthorn used this year’s event branding as inspiration to deliver a stylish production design. Following the concept of A Night of New Beginnings, the versatile space was transformed into a literary heaven by the Battersea Special Events Team and florist Maison de Fleurs, adorned with floral displays incorporating book pages.
With this concept in mind, Hawthorn’s design needed to feature a much softer element than in previous years. For this, the company enhanced the room with extra tungsten sources and fitted

adb-klemantis-artRevitalised ADB lands in Las Vegas
Thursday, 16 November 2017

USA - ADB has landed at the LDI show in Las Vegas alongisde Claypaky and the Osram Group, who acquired the brand in 2016. Through in-depth market insight and advanced technological know-how, it aims to optimise the brand’s products after having updated production all over the world.
“ADB had already pioneered some of the key technologies used in theatre & studio lighting, such as digital dimmers, memory control systems, condenser optics for theatre spotlights and it was strongly established as a leading manufacturer”, says Simone Capeleto, ADB CEO.
“The range of services and products types that ADB now offers is one of the most complete on the market: ADB is mastering software and hardware development, as well as product engineering and production of all key components of a stage lighting system, i.e. luminaires, dimmers, control desks, networks and motorised suspensions.
“From system design through equipment specifications, installation and commissioning, the ADB Project Team provides customised solutions for any kind of stage or studio lighting system. All products quality is certified by officially recognized third parties and the whole newest production is UL approved.”
Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum says: “The theatre sector is rapidly changing with the dramatic breakthrough of LED technology and automation, technologies in which Osram and Claypaky are leaders and innovators. LEDification has eliminated the technical differences that existed between geographical zones, and ADB’s new LED projectors can benefit from a worldwide

 
 
adj-ldiADJ sets double debut for LDI 2017
Thursday, 16 November 2017

USA - ADJ Lighting is debuting two new product ranges as well as showcasing other recent additions to its portfolio of lighting, video and effects equipment at LDI 2017.
The company is launching a new video panel range, the Design Series. This system comprises four modular panels of different shapes - DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) - that can be combined into almost any shape and size of video screens.
The new MOD Series is ADJ’s latest range of professional LED pars. The range comprises four models, each featuring the same casing design, but with a different LED configuration: MOD QW100 (7 x 15W RGBW LEDs), MOD QA60 (4 x 15W RGBA LEDs), MOD HEX100 (7 x 15W RGBWA+UV LEDs) and MOD TW100 (7 x 15W CW/WW/WW/Amber 4-IN-1 variable colour temperature white LEDs – a LED chip made exclusively for ADJ).
The modular design means that the LEDs can slide back into the casing to create a snoot that eliminates side glare, while an optional pearl white housing kit will also be available.
Also on display at LDI 2017 will be ADJ’s LED hybrid moving head, the Vizi CMY300. Powered by a 300W LED engine that offers massive output ideal for large venues and productions, this flexible unit functions interchangeably as a beam, spot or wash fixture.
The ADJ LDI booth will also showcase the latest additions to the company’s Entour Series of professional effects generators. The new ADJ Entour Haze Pro is a touring-grade haze machine built into a durable flight case. It offers a very quick warm-up time and an im

 
g-spotturbofrontSGM debuts G-Spot Turbo at LDI 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

USA - SGM will launch the G-Spot Turbo at LDI to mark the start of a new series of IP65-rated LED moving heads that will eventually include a Spot, a Profile, a Wash, and a narrow Wash-Beam.
The G- Spot Turbo is based on an optimised additive colour mixing to match the highest demands of colour rendering and total output. The IP65 rating and the integrated patented dehumidifier in the fixtures ensures perfect inner cleanness and no accumulation of externally induced particles and liquids on internal optics and light sources, such as smoke fluid, dust, dirt, airborne pollution and humidity on internal optics, gobos, or the light source unit. The patented SGM dehumidification, not only removes humidity, but also prevents oxidation and condensation, which can lead to corrosion.
The G-Spot Turbo is a solution for those in need of a powerful LED moving head with good chromaticity levels and an outstanding performance in different shades of white. It is suitable for outdoor applications, while being practically maintenance-free makes it a sustainable and long-lasting choice for indoor events and installations as well.
One of the big advantages of the G-Spot Turbo is the extended colour palette. This is caused by the usage of Lime LEDs instead of the Green LEDs available in the original G-Spot. Now, it is possible to achieve warmer pastel colours, richer yellows, and a wider variety of green shades. With the special dichroic technology, the G-Spot Turbo is also able to create deep saturated greens and even more contrasted colours.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
bw-case-anglewebBroadWeigh looks forward to networking at LDI
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

USA - BroadWeigh is set to meet with several of its product partners and end-users at LDI in Las Vegas to introduce them to the latest updates and additions to its product range.
One of the company’s latest developments is the BroadWeigh TwistLink – a smart piece of kit which allows a BroadWeigh 4.75 tonne shackle to be quickly connected to a 4.75 tonne or 3.25 tonne shackle without having to mess around with the pin, nut and Rclip. It has holes at 90 degrees to minimise potential torsion loading in the load pin and conforms to the European Machinery Directive.
This will be joined by the new Wind Speed Sensor foam insert which holds Wind Speed Sensors in both large and small BroadWeigh flight cases. The large case has undergone some changes so that accessories can now fit cleverly within the lid.
Jonathan Purdue, BroadWeigh’s business development manager commented: “LDI is a fantastic place to meet with new and existing customers on a truly international stage. BroadWeigh has been working hard on its product developments this year and I’m looking forward to showing our customers just what we’ve been up to.”
He continued: “We’re also pleased to be releasing a new wireless USB dongle base station; the smallest base station in the BroadWeigh product range. The BW-BSd has a line of sight range of 500m for all BroadWeigh shackles and is housed in a compact USB style enclosure. It is cable free, which makes it ideally suited for laptops and tablets and provides a quick solution for portable logging. This is sure to make life even

 
etc-cyced-ldi-20172ETC gets CYC-ed for LDI 2017
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

USA - ETC’s booth at LDI 2017 will be awash in colour as the new ColorSource CYC luminaire makes its debut at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. From 17-19 November, visitors to booth #2773 can demo the new fixture – a compact, affordable five-colour LED cyclorama light that specialises in smooth washes and rich colour – and see its optics in action on the booth’s cyc.
Among the other products making their first appearance at LDI are the Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles, which update the compact Eos family desk with backlit keyboards, increased output, and the option of built-in faders. LDI attendees can also see new varieties of the Irideon FPZ architectural luminaire.
ETC will present talks and events throughout the show. On Friday morning, Jim Uphoff will introduce the ColorSource CYC to the hungry attendees of the New Technology Breakfast in Room N112. On Saturday at 10.30am in Room N220, Wendy Luedtke, ETC’s resident colour specialist, will debut a new version of the popular 50 Shades of R80 additive-colour-mixing talk, including new material on LED performance.
Then, on Saturday evening at 6.15pm, ETC will host its traditional Student Session in the ETC/HES lounge (Room N101), allowing younger attendees a chance to ask questions of (and perhaps score swag from) ETC product specialists.
ETC’s stand will also feature a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Source Four fixture with the presentation of a special video crowdsourced from venues around the world. To further mark the occasion, a number of chrome Source Four Mini lumi

 
 
electric-group-plugs-swx-into-live-circuitElectric Group plugs SWX into live circuit
Wednesday, 15 November 2017

UK - The new owner of SWX will work with local and national promoters to bring more live music to the Bristol club.
Electric Group, which also runs Electric Brixton, completed a deal for SWX last month, recognising “the performance potential in its outstanding atmosphere, production and sightlines”.
With Ticketweb providing box office and marketing support, Electric Group will manage the SWX live diary from Brixton under head of music Mike Weller’s direction.
Weller has been working with the SWX team to further refine the venue’s live set-up, technically and commercially.
Dominic Madden, Electric Group co-founder, comments: “We operate with an independent mindset, shaping an easy and collaborative culture for promoters to embrace SWX with as few financial strings attached as possible.
“Having invested substantially to make the venue production complete we are focused on providing a perfect platform for shows so we can help promoters smash ticket sales.”
DHP and local promoter MJR have put several profile acts into SWX this year, including Thee Oh Sees, Ride and Django Django, with Aldous Harding, Saint Etienne and Beans on Toast & Skinny Lister coming up in the next few weeks.
SWX also hosts top DJs, Sigala, Clean Bandit, Jonas Blue, Don Diablo and Sigma among them this autumn. Club nights attract more than 250,000 Bristol students to the venue every year; making for an ideal opportunity to market shows to a new generation of gig-goers. And Electric Group will open Friday and Saturday evenings for live s

 
pressrelease-3PLASA Focus returns to Glasgow with over 80 brands and industry-leading programme
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s only dedicated event for entertainment technology, returns to the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on the 17-18 January, with free registration now open.
The trade show, which is hosting leading international brands, networking events and a programme of seminars and workshops, will offer visitors access to over 80 pro audio, lighting, AV, rigging and staging brands, including Avolites, Bose, Chauvet, ETC, Funktion-One and Robe.
Chris Toulmin, Commercial Director at PLASA comments: “Scotland is renowned for its famed festivals, iconic venues and rich cultural heritage, and we are extremely proud to host an event which supports this incredibly rich sector in Scotland. We are looking forward to another successful year of providing Scotland with the perfect stage for networking, training and discovering.”
Industry professionals at PLASA Focus Glasgow can take advantage of a diverse programme which will see lighting designer duo Simon Hayes and Kate Bonney discuss their work on The Enchanted Forest, Scotland's largest outdoor light & sound show. The show, which attracted over 70,000 visitors in 2017, has won a host of prestigious awards including the UK Event Award for Best Cultural Event. The team will discuss their experience of working in the challenging environment, what state-of-the-art equipment helped them realise their vision, and share lessons they’ve learnt from lighting other outdoor events.
Lighting professionals can also get hands-on training courtesy of ChamSys. Over two days, atten

 
 
chamsys-magic-mq-stadium-wingChamSys MagicQ Stadium Wing lands at LDI
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - A MagicDMX Basic USB-DMX interface giveaway and a new addition to the award-winning MagicQ Stadium series are among the highlights at LDI for ChamSys.
The company will be giving interfaces to the first 100 visitors to its booth (1415) who have downloaded and installed MagicQ on their PCs, Macs or Linux systems. (Details of that offer can be found on www.chamsysusa.com/news_ldishow)
Certain to draw a lot of attention at the ChamSys booth is the MagicQ Stadium Wing. The new product delivers “the highest level of show control in a compact package”, thanks to features like its 30 Playbacks, 4 Execute Encoders and a full HD multi touch display with adjustable viewing angle and gesture support.
“We’re extremely excited about the MagicQ Stadium Wing,” said Phil Watson, ChamSys USA director. “It is going to open a lot of doors for lighting designers and programmers as a result of its power and flexibility.”
Indicative of that flexibility: the MagicQ Stadium Wing’s 30 Playbacks are pageable separately as 15 Fader Playbacks and 15 Execute Playbacks. Also, the four Execute Encoders are multi-purpose and can be assigned functions from the Execute and other MagicQ Windows to enhance playback performance. Adding to this flexibility are the unit’s four DMX outputs.
The MagicQ Stadium Wing’s display connects directly to DVI video output from a MagicQ MQ500 or MagicQ MQ80 console using the DVI cable that comes with the unit. Any MagicQ Window can be transferred to the display on the Stadium Wing.
In addition to the new wi

 
cadaclormanpreviewCadac roadshow rolls into Las Vegas
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Cadac USA director of operations Ron Lorman is steering the British live mixing console and audio networking company into LDI following appearances at WFX and the AES.
Cadac is exhibiting in LDI Amplify (booth # 3177), the indoor audio pavilion focusing on professional audio equipment and solutions. There, the company is promoting its CDC consoles and MegaCOMMS network.
“The Cadac CDC audio system offers an industry leading mixing and networking solution, dedicated to the highest audio quality and performance requirements of live sound production; with significantly lower signal latency and discernibly higher audio quality than competing solutions,” says Lorman. “CDC MegaCOMMS is a dedicated live production network solution that ensures the superlative audio performance of CDC six and CDC seven series mixing consoles across a complete network.”
Both Ron Lorman and Rob Hughes, European sales & support manager, will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the system and offer an audio demo. CDC six and CDC seven mixing consoles combine 23.5'' high contrast HD touch screen based control surfaces and CDC OS to provide Cadac’s swipeable graphical operator experience; akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation, offering both ease and enhanced speed of operation for professional applications, as well as presenting a less challenging learning curve for less experienced engineers.
Cadac’s legendary mic preamplifier design is coupled with a time-aligned, phase-coherent mix bus architecture, resulting in unparalleled audio quality

 
 
doughtyspace-saver-omegaDoughty’s Space Saver Omega makes US debut
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Doughty Engineering’s new Space Saver Omega will make its US debut at this year’s LDI Show in Las Vegas. The original Space Saver was launched in the US at LDI last year and quickly became one of Doughty’s hit products.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "The original Space Saver was a really simple concept that we designed after considering how cumbersome a clamp can be to store and transport. The idea that it can be folded down and therefore easier to move from place to place, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement and as such we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly.”
He continued: “The Omega version of the Space Saver sees one of Doughty’s Omega clamps permanently fitted to a lumiere with a hinge that locks into place. In the closed position, the lumiere can be put in its flight case neatly and easily without having to dismantle all the pieces, thus eliminating the chances that pieces are lost or mislaid when moving a lumiere from one location or venue to another. Not only is it a more ergonomic solution but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find himself having to move lights into different locations on a rig or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence.”
Doughty will also be demonstrating its Atom-G Clamp at this year’s show. The clamp which was released in 2016 has proven to be a big success for Doughty, with its customers revealing just how useful the design of this clamp is

 
Reproduced Sound 2017 conference highlights
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Plenty of exciting activities await visitors to the Institute of Acoustics conference, Reproduced Sound, even before it opens next Wednesday, 22 November, and closes at 6pm on Thursday, 24 November.
At 6.30pm on 21 November there is a coach trip to the Entertainment Engineering subject group at the University of Derby that will include demos of 3D audio. Immediately after the conference, in the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philip Newell will be hosting a workshop on creating the 1970s sound. On Friday morning, 25 November, there’ll be a visit to Green’s Mill - a working 19th century windmill and science centre once owned by physicist George Green (of Green Function fame).
Other highlights include an after-dinner demonstration on the use of VR in theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22, and a workshop on applications of numerical modelling methods in audio by Patrick Macey on Thursday 23 at 5pm.
The main conference sessions include: the Peter Barnett Memorial Award presentation to Floyd Toole at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed by three further conference sessions: Intelligibility and Sound Reinforcement, Cinema Sound and Room Acoustics. Thursday morning begins with a session on modelling, followed by Measurement, Signal Processing and Loudspeakers and Arrays.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
robe-ldi-2017-megapointeRobe brings MegaPointe Live to LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Robe (booth 715) will showcase its new MegaPointe multi-functional moving light, bringing all the excitement and buzz of real live performance to the exhibition floor at the Robe City Music Hall which will present the MegaPointe Live show.
Visitors can also see several other new products being shown for the first time at a U.S trade show including the BMFLTM LightMaster and from the PATT range, Pixel PATTTM, PATT 2017TM and onePATT TM.
Visitors can also enjoy the Robe team’s carefully curated atmospheric engineering which will include a Happy Hour on Friday and Saturday from 3 – 6pm complete with their famous Czech hospitality.
Robe and sister company, architectural LED specialist Anolis, which has its own dedicated section of the booth, are looking forward to a lively and buoyant show connecting with existing industry clients, fans and friends as well as making many
Utilizing an exclusive 470W short-arc lightsource, Robe’s diligently crafted MegaPointe optics produce bright parallel beams, incredible gobo projections, together with super-quick movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and a multitude of effects available for splitting and shaping the light in Spot, Beam or Wash modes.
The zoom ranges from 1.8 to 21 degrees in Beam mode – tight, powerful and punchy!
It goes from 3 to 42 degrees in Spot mode with crystal clear high-clarity output through a 150mm diameter front lens, with a stunning total lumen output of 20,375 and an impressive CRI of over 80.
Inventive in-air projections can be created using the new E

 
tmblogo-minimalTMB offers technology and hospitality at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature new technology in a comfortable, laid back setting.
Following on the success of the Flare and Flare LR fixtures, this year TMB will introduce the new Flare Q+ Rayzr. The Rayzr offers Flare brightness, control, performance, and video-mapping features in a low-profile, razor-thin format. Flexible mounting and joining options are available for scenery, truss, pipe, and floor. Vertically hang coupled units up to 3m in total length. Rayzr has both silent and super-bright modes, and is available in 50 and 100cm lengths.
ProPlex PowerData, a new addition to TMB’s range of popular cables, is the first and only UL-Listed range of integrated data and mains power cables, 100% legal for extra-hard duty usage per NEC 520 and 530. This range of cables is built to a new, collaboratively developed, UL standard. Both flexible and durable, PowerData cables are designed for long-term portable stage and studio use and provide a previously unavailable combination of convenience and assured safety, says the company.
Other additions to the ProPlex range of touring cables are: PowerData Low-Voltage (LV) 8+2, and ProPlex HD/SDI. PowerData LV 8+2 is a durable CAT6/low-voltage hybrid cable, compatible with the new Neutrik 8+2 XLR connector. It provides full Gigabit Ethernet performance up to 85m, in combination with up to 20Amps of low-voltage power. New, easy-handling ProPlex HD/SDI cables are available in RG-6 and RG-59 formats, with flawless 4K performance sweep-tested to 6 GHz.
The newest members of the venerab

 
 
kinesys-ldi-2017-dstKinesys to make strong presence at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit at LDI for the first time on its own booth - 843 - where they will be creating a strong presence with an international team and an eye-catching design showing a selection of key products which will be moving and working in situ.
Having focussed on building brand presence in the U.S. in recent years, which has included attending the last few LDIs and walking the floor, the next phase in that strategy explained founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, “is to put ourselves right in front of potential customers, for which LDI - attracting a wide cross-section of high quality decision makers and influencers - is a perfect opportunity”.
Kinesys will be showing their new Apex system which incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists. Apex offers a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise the creative options for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The brand’s l Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoist control system will also be highlighted. It has become one of the most popular choices for shows and events wanting to move objects of any type.
The Kinesys DST trolley system, a project that has been developed working with leading trussing manufacturer LITEC, will also be one of the products in action.
In addition to these, the action-packed booth will include the Kinesys DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and visitors can also

 
ayrton-ghibliAyrton’s new products make US debut at LDI
Friday, 10 November 2017

USA- Ayrton will present four new products for the first time in the USA at the upcoming LDI show at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
The company, which has taken booth #2443, is also running a new variation on its light show, which will be designed by LD Cory FitzGerald. Visitors to the booth will also see over 300 new Ayrton fixtures presented in a ‘crystal dome’ and have the chance to sit in special gaming chairs.
The Ayrton products making their US debut at LDI 2017 are Ghibli, Merak, Minipanel-FX and WildSun K25 TC. The fixtures were launched earlier this year at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt and PLASA London respectively.
Ghibli is Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire and marks an expansion of Ayrton’s Automated Lighting range. Compact, elegant and lightweight, Ghibli delivers an impressive 23,000 lumen output which makes it powerful enough for large scale arenas, and features a 7:1 zoom with a 8.5° - 57° beam spread.
Launched at Prolight+Sound 2017, Ayrton’s Merak 250W RGBW LED wash light is a little powerhouse of technology that features a proprietary 10:1 optical zoom system, with a 7° to 70° zoom and a new Fresnel lens design to ensure perfectly homogenous colour mixing regardless of beam angle.
MiniPanel-FX, a diminutive version of the MagicPanel-FX, indicates the flavour of things to come as Ayrton continues its development of a range of miniaturised versions of its hugely successful FX range.
WildSun K25 TC (True Colour), is an evolution of WildSun K25. It sports a new LED chip that is calibrated to deliver

 
 
hdproklangdigicoeventHD Pro Audio holds DiGiCo and KLANG showcase
Friday, 10 November 2017

UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a technology showcase in November featuring DiGiCo’s SD12 digital mixing console and the latest developments from KLANG:technologies’ 3D binaural IEM mixing system.
The event, which takes place on Monday 20 November from 12:00PM to 5PM at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, will offer an overview of the SD12 console and an in-depth session on KLANG:technologies’ latest KOS 3.0 software.
There will also be a preview of the new DiGiCo remote feature of KLANG and the KLANG:vektor motion tracker. HD Pro Audio will also have the L-Acoustics Syva loudspeaker system available for evaluation.
Numbers for this free event are limited, so HD Pro Audio are urging anyone wishing to attend to contact them as soon as possible. Bookings can be made on-line at https://goo.gl/sDQP5E
(Jim Evans)

 
g5-sideW-DMX brings Generation 5 series to LDI
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - Wireless Solution Sweden will be exhibiting at LDI with TMB, its exclusive distributor in the United States. W-DMX will be in booth 1491, within the TMB village.
The Swedish brand will be showing the new Generation 5 (G5). New features include patent pending tri-band technology, enabling transmission in 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz, bands and new and improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping engine able to survey and adapt its transmission to less congested wireless channels.
Further, W-DMX G5 features the world’s first double-up mode, a new method of doubling the number of universes transmitters per Wireless link (2 universes on F-1 G5 models, and four universes of F-2 G5 models), utilizing the existent hardware, without adding extra antennae. The double-Up feature works on all three frequency bands, allowing users to get more universes at the same cost.
Adding to the list of new features will be the new Personal Connectivity technology, where users will be able to connect any mobile device and directly control their fixtures through any lighting app. With this upgrade, lighting operators, technicians or gaffers will be able to control any corporate event straight from their personal devices, without the need to a lighting console.
The Swedish manufacturer will also be implementing a Wireless Update feature, giving a direct link between products to remotely perform software updates, thus saving time and making service faster and smoother.
The new product series also includes a new facelift to the Micro and WhiteBox series, adding new and us

 
 
x-laser-mercury-2X-Laser to unveil Project Mercury at LDI
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - X-Laser has recently completed Project Mercury - a product that will “change the course of laser history”.
The company has revealed Project Mercury signifies X-Laser’s proprietary system for controlling laser projectors directly from a lighting console.
Mercury-equipped laser fixtures can be discovered, profiled, configured and programmed directly from the lighting console. By leveraging the powerful tools already built into today's lighting desks, LDs can control an array of lasers just like how they’d control an array of moving-head fixtures. For maximum functionality and compatibility, Mercury features DMX+RDM and Art-Net protocols, and will feature sACN (E1.31/E1.33) in the future.
"X-Laser has always been about one thing: bringing lasers to as many people as possible,” Adam Raugh, X-Laser’s president, says. “Using input from our clients, we’ve worked since 2015 to solve a core problem within the lighting industry, that lasers are difficult to integrate into lighting rigs. With Mercury, lighting designers can program a laser projector just like they would program any other moving-head fixture.”
The live debut of Mercury will occur at booth 2285 at LDI in Las Vegas this month.
(Jim Evans)

 
cardiff11th Hour on ice for Winter Wonderland
Friday, 3 November 2017

UK - Cardiff based events specialist 11th Hour is beginning preparations for the opening of the flagship ice rink in the city centre on 9 November.
The rink is part of Winter Wonderland presented by Sayers Amusements, which is running for nine weeks and boasting a fairground with big wheel, rides, stalls and an authentic alpine village, complete with Bier Keller. Last year, 60,000 visitors attended the rink, so this year's rink will be larger to accommodate up to 290 skaters at a time.
The 11th Hour team is responsible for every aspect of constructing, maintaining, managing and staffing the rink, which is once again sponsored by Cardiff-based car insurance giants Admiral. A ClearSpan covering structure, capable of withstanding storm-force winds (closure is only necessary if wind speeds exceed 80mph) not only ensures that it remains open for all sessions, but that ice temperature is more easily maintained at a constant temperature within the micro-climate created.
11th Hour director John Davies comments: "Since last year, we've added two new 100kVA generators to our fleet, enabling us to eliminate the need for sub-contractors, which gives us complete control over power to the site, increasing efficiency and further reducing the event's carbon footprint. The lighting of the rink employs more than 4000 energy efficient LED lamps - in line once again with a commitment to green values.
"We run the box office for the event and supply all the operational staff for the rink, ensuring that ice-marshals are trained to the highest standards. We believe t

 
 
airstarAirstar partners with Régates Royales Cannes
Friday, 3 November 2017

France - Airstar became an official partner to the Régates Royales Cannes this year after five consecutive years of cooperation.
Airstar’s lighting solutions were once again installed at the heart of the historic classic yachting event - the 160th edition of which took place between 23 and 30 September.
Airstar’s Crystal lighting balloons took pride of place, with two 160cm and three 200cm envelope balloons in situ on the docks around the boats and at the stands in the exhibiting village in the centre of Cannes opposite the Palais des Festivals. Some were then relocated to Palm Beach for the evening’s festivities.
With a set up time of just 15 minutes, yet designed to withstand tough outdoor conditions including wind gusts of up to 70 km/h, the Crystal range is perfectly suited to an event of this nature and are maintenance free. The Crystal lighting balloons can be fitted with either LED or halogen lamps, and are equipped with an extremely quiet fan for cooling rendering them almost silent, making it the perfect solution for high end events.
For this prestigious event, the team at the Cannes office of Airstar European Network (AEN) fitted six 400 watts halogen lamps in each Crystal balloon, making each of them capable of lighting up a surface of 1,500sqm.
With its larger surface area, the two metres wide balloons also carried partner logos on each side for additional impact, giving Air Mauritius, Champagne Comte de Cheurlin and the Mauritius Island outstanding visibility towards a prestigious audience.
Pascal Gard, race dir

 
altman-lighting-at-ldi-2017Altman Lighting brings imagination to LDI 2017
Thursday, 2 November 2017

USA - Altman Lighting is preparing a showcase of its theatrical and architectural lighting innovations at LDI 2017. At booth #2236, the company will present the complete family of Chalice LED recessed and pendant downlights, the line of Gallery LED architectural luminaires, and also the award-winning Pegasus LED Fresnels and PHX LED profile ellipsoidals.
The Chalice LED Series range of downlights is available with mounting options that include pendant, recessed, aircraft cable, wall and yoke mount; and dimming choices ranging from Mains Dimming to DMX.
Designed for museum, art gallery, hotel, restaurant and retail lighting, the Gallery LED Series offers a 92+ CRI and dimming options that include Mains Dimming, DMX, 0-10VDC and DALI. With variety of colour temperatures, this scalable family produces 4000 lumens of white light output, and can be used to build your solutions through profile, beam wash, wall wash and flood options.
Available as a 6-inch or 8-inch white output solution, the Pegasus LED Fresnel is both a Mains Dimmable and DMX controlled luminaire that replicates the soft light output that is expected from a theatrical or studio Fresnel. At under 150W, Pegasus meets the output of its 750-watt incandescent counterparts and is also available in four different colour temperatures with a 10-70 degree spot-to-flood beam spread.
The award-winning line of PHX LED Ellipsoidals are designed and engineered with a number of innovative features without sacrificing performance. The PHX line is available as a 150W Profile or Zoom, plus a 250W Pro

 
 
absolutColours of Ostrava bolstered with Chauvet DJ
Thursday, 2 November 2017

Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava is the biggest international music festival in Czech Republic and one of the largest in Central Europe. With its unique location at the Dolní oblast Vítkovice, an old Czechoslovak mine with UNESCO World Heritage status, the festival draws some of the biggest musical acts from around the globe. This year, it treated fans to performances from the likes of Imagine Dragons and alt-J on five stages.
Tasked with creating a high octane lighting rig for one of the festival’s Absolut stage, lighting designer Martin Vocetka supplied a number of Chauvet DJ Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC and Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Pro H USB fixtures.
Vocetka used four Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC fixtures from Chauvet DJ to set the right visual tone for the intense musical performances on stage. Particularly stunning was the interaction between the Intimidators and the huge mirror suspended above the crowd at a 45° angle. Thanks to the Intimidator’s dual rotating prisms, they were able to create memorable aerial effects and looks with refracted coloured beams of light.
“The Intimidators provided extremely powerful and versatile looks throughout the whole stage area,” commented Vocetka. “We were able to create huge aerial effects by reflecting the spots off the large mirror, which created a cornucopia of colour and energy to support the music.”
While the Intimidator Spot fixtures provided the necessary energy for the crowd, to the festival organiser’s delight, the powerful aerial effects also ensured that attention was focused upon

 
wings-engine-raw-webAV Stumpfl to present projection screen accessory and media servers at LDI 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Austria - AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present a projection screen accessory prototype, a line-up of projection screens and media server products at this year’s LDI exhibition in Las Vegas.
The T-32 Shift projection screen leg allows an easy adjustment of the height of a a mobile projection screen without the need of disassembly. T-32 Shift is compatible with all AV Stumpfl 32mm projection screen frames. It will be officially released at the beginning of 2018, but LDI visitors have the opportunity to experience the latest prototype hands-on at the AV Stumpfl booth.
The company will also present their latest media server hardware and software products, including Wings Vioso RX 2.0, which will feature the Hot-Backup option, allowing users to specify hot backup clients for multiple playout clients.
The Wings Engine RAW 8K server will also be shown at the exhibition. AV Stumpfl claims it’s the most powerful media server of its kind for uncompressed content playback, and can deliver up to four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K (4:4:4) content at 60fps.
Booth visitors will also be able to try out the automatic Wings Vioso camera-calibration feature and interactive Wings Touch controls.
AV Stumpfl will exhibit at the LDI show on 17-19 November at booth #1461 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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