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talk2mespeakersPSA and PLASA collaborate on mental health
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

UK- Mental Health has become a topical subject and has been launched into the limelight with the Royals’ ‘Heads Together’ campaign, promoting conversation to shatter the stigma surrounding the subject. PLASA Focus Leeds 2017 coincided with Mental Health Awareness Week and prompted a collaboration between the Production Services Association (PSA) and the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) supported by Back-up Charity.
The live entertainment industry is a fast paced, high pressured industry pushing creativity and technology to the limits with long periods of time away from home and post tour depression just one example of how mental health affects many people in the industry.
The Talk2Me seminar session — introduced by Steve Banks, chairman at PSA and hosting Robert Heath, music Therapist; Chris Madden, student welfare officer at Backstage Academy; Peter Heath, MD at PLASA and Andy Lenthall, GM at PSA — focused on highlighting the emotional and psychological issues faced by so many in the entertainment and creative industries as part of their working lives.
Panellist Chris Madden was the counsellor sent by Production Park to support the Avenged Sevenfold crew earlier this year.
The session referred to the Mental Health Foundation survey quoting only 13% of people report living with high levels of good mental health so therefore most people are suffering or have suffered from a mental health issue at least once in their lifetime.
Robert who has a particular interest in the use of creative songwriting as therapy a

ola-koiOla Melzig to host Knight of Illumination Awards
Friday, 19 May 2017

UK - Internationally renowned production manager Ola Melzig - head of production for Eurovision 2017 - is set to host the glamorous tenth anniversary edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards. The prestigious ceremony will be held on 17 September at London's Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
Throughout his career, Melzig has coordinated innumerable high-profile shows around the globe, including the Commonwealth Games, the Nobel Prize Banquet, and now no fewer than 12 Eurovision productions - all of which are a long way from his first role in the industry, working as a stagehand in 1989. At the 2017 TPI Awards, Melzig was announced 'Production Manager of the Year' as voted for by the public and his peers.
"The Knight of Illumination Awards has become a 'must attend' event in our industry," says Melzig. "Not only does it offer an entertaining evening among notable lighting designers, it's also a flat out great party!"
The Knight of Illumination Awards is the largest UK-based awards ceremony designed to recognise and celebrate the phenomenal talents of international lighting and digital content designers for their spectacular work across the United Kingdom. Melzig adds: "The only thing that could possibly make it better, is if I could win a sword!"
Nominations can be made for the Television and Concert Touring & Events categories at the Knight of Illumination website.
The Headline Sponsors for KOI 2017 are Claypaky and OSRAM. KOI 2017 is also generously sponsored by Spotlight Sponsors ADB, Avolites, d3 Technologies, ETC, GLP German Ligh

workshop-1Woodroffe & Greil present SA workshop
Thursday, 18 May 2017

South Africa - Patrick Woodroffe and Roland Greil joined forces to present a Lighting Design Workshop brought to the South African entertainment industry by DWR Distribution. The workshop was held at the University of Johannesburg on 21 April 2017 and both DWR and their media partner Pro-Systems, were delighted with the good attendance and positive feedback.
“From my perspective, I think Patrick and I are likeminded in certain things as well as having some shared experiences as we have worked together on multiple projects over the past few years,” said Roland Greil, who is a freelancing lighting programmer, lighting designer and lighting director, as well as an associated partner of Patrick’s company Woodroffe Bassett Design.
“That experience and us knowing each other translated in this joint workshop. I think it is very important to give something back to our great industry and to motivate others who share the same passion and drive that we have. Knowledge is pretty much the only thing that grows when being shared, and therefore in my eyes, it is very important.”
The training session was attended by some 300 delegates from young varsity students to top lighting designers, from technicians to company owners.
“We both enjoyed our experience in South Africa,” said Patrick Woodroffe. “Not just the way that the workshop was received but the whole experience of being in South Africa and understanding the positive and united spirit in your extraordinary country. This optimism was also something that we felt very much in the theatre a

luke-jenks-4720Coda Audio USA launches at InfoComm
Tuesday, 16 May 2017

USA - The long-anticipated introduction of Germany's Coda Audio to the United States market is here. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Coda Audio International, Coda Audio USA, staffed by American industry veterans, will introduce itself officially during this year’s Orlando show.
Coda Audio USA offers “a fresh alternative to the US pro audio market. Vastly experienced and with deep roots in Europe, Asia and The Middle East, Coda Audio combines these attributes with a formidable reputation for stunning sound, underpinned by revolutionary technologies and company stability. Coda USA’s mission is to bring this proven audio quality, performance and reliability to the US”.
Luke Jenks, managing director of Coda USA comments: “A scientific approach, brilliant engineers and an ongoing investment in cutting edge R&D make Coda Audio advanced systems possible. However, it’s the real-world results and advantages of applying these systems that matters to our business partners, users and listeners.
“Coda’s approach of ensuring that things are right from the outset has yielded ground-breaking technologies that don't require a physics degree to appreciate.”
(Jim Evans)

necNEC Solutions Showcase comes to London
Friday, 12 May 2017

UK - NEC Display Solutions will open the doors of Victoria House, Holborn on 17-18 May to present fully-integrated, readily-deployable display solutions in collaboration with over 35 partners at the NEC Solutions Showcase 2017.
Addressing the needs of specific markets, the NEC Showcase presents the power of collaboration and partnership to perfectly meet the needs of its customers.
The Corporate Zone sees the trend towards multi-usage workspaces with huddle rooms, cloud-based working and live collaboration alongside solutions for employee outreach and motivation.
The Education Zone focuses on higher education with solutions for student-centred collaborative learning in the classroom and in the lecture theatre, alongside campus-wide IPTV signage and security.
Moving to the Transport Zone the emphasis is on innovative passenger communications at the airport, on the underground and at the bus stop, delivering entertainment and information to reduce passenger anxiety.
The centrepiece is the Command & Control Zone with an exceptional 36 screen video wall alongside LED, touch and new curved desktop displays for a truly commanding visual experience.
The Retail Zone includes four retail stores demonstrating innovative ways to engage the shopper with captivating interactive solutions supporting omni-channel campaigns.
This year’s Showcase will see a raft of new products and solutions from NEC with its Open Modular Intelligence platform featuring widely across many vertical sector zones in new V and P Series LFDs powered with em

leedsprpostshowPLASA Focus Leeds reveals exciting plans for 2018
Friday, 12 May 2017

UK - As the doors close on another year of PLASA Focus Leeds, enthusiasm from the industry proves that the show’s Focus formula remains a perfect fit. Providing the ideal platform for many UK debuts of new products, the show’s many networking opportunities and leading seminar programme combining expert-led sessions and hands-on training, make for a truly unmissable show.
Spread over two halls of the Royal Armouries, the showfloor was packed with hundreds of brands showcasing the latest audio, lighting, AV, broadcast, rigging and stage technology – including UK debuts from many of the industry’s major players.
New releases in audio included, Shure’s UK launch of the Axient Digital Wireless System; Martin Audio showed their Wavefront Precision Series - a new generation of multi-purpose line array; Bose introduced the ShowMatch DeltaQ Array loudspeaker for both rental and install; and Sound Technology, Harman UK distributor, showcased new products from Harman’s JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft, plus Harman’s Connected PA system.
New releases in lighting included, new additions to Chauvet’s professional moving range – the MK3 Wash and MK1 Spot; Robe’s new LEDBeam 150; the newly released VL6000 Beam from Philips Vari-Lite, designed specifically as the market leading mid-air effects fixture; and the latest lighting control software update from Avolites, Titan v10.1.
Johan Gunsing of Adam Hall Group comments: “For us, PLASA Focus Leeds allows us to meet existing and new customers and actually have time to talk. The

klang-eventKLANG:technologies demo and Audinate training
Friday, 5 May 2017

UK - A KLANG:technologies 3D IEM demonstration and Audinate training event is to be held at Metropolis Studios, London N4, in conjunction with HD Pro Audio.
Jointly hosted by KLANG:technologies and Audinate, the training event combines an in-depth overview of KLANG:technologies’ 3D audio binaural IEM processors and Dante based headphone amplifiers, with full Audinate Dante training leading to Level 2 Dante Certification.
Taking place on Friday 12 May 2017 at Metropolis Studios, Studio B, the event will start with comprehensive Audinate Dante training and conclude with an overview and practical demonstration of KLANG:technologies software and hardware, with hands-on experience for all attendees.
The event is free and anyone interested in attending should contact HD Pro Audio as soon as possible at Direct booking may be made online at
(Jim Evans)

iscexISCEx 2018 dates confirmed
Friday, 5 May 2017

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) has confirmed dates for ISCEx 2018, its seminar and exhibition event. Taking place on 6-7 March 2018 at the Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park in Warwickshire, ISCEx 2018 includes a pre-event networking dinner, seminar programme and exhibition event, open to members and non-members.
Ros Wigmore, manager for ISCE comments: “ISCEx proved to be a very successful and enjoyable event earlier this year, starting with a pre-event reception and dinner, followed by an excellent programme of seminars attracting the largest audiences we have experienced and culminating in a packed exhibition room throughout the day.
“We aim to build on the success of this year’s seminar programme which included three excellent and engaging presentations, including a seminar by Dr Gillian Rollason from Action On Hearing Loss, discussing the merits of zonal multi-volume audio solutions in hospitality/restaurant applications, to assist those living with hearing impairments”, continues Wigmore.
“We reached exhibitor capacity for the exhibition room this year but wanted to remain at Coombe Abbey for ISCEx 2018 as it provides an amazing backdrop and environment. Exhibition space for ISCEx 2018 will be available on a first come-first served basis”, said Phil Price, president for ISCE.
“Visitor attendance by ISCE members and non-ISCE members alike was its highest which I think this is because at ISCEx, visitors get an opportunity to discuss opportunities and technical matters with manufacturers and d

logoPowersoft to host InfoComm training session
Friday, 5 May 2017

USA Power amplifier manufacturer Powersoft [InfoComm Booth 5871] will not only once again demonstrate their suite of power amplification products on the show floor at this year’s InfoComm show, but the company has announced that it will provide attendees with an opportunity to earn certification renewal credits while learning how to easily design and specify fixed install systems using DSP integrated Class D power amplifiers. This is made possible via by an on-site training session hosted by Powersoft’s Marc Kocks that will also grant 1.5 Renewal Units (RUs) and a Certificate of Completion.
Powersoft has been named an official InfoComm International Renewal Unit (RU) Provider. This will allow the more than 10,000 professionals holding InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) credential to earn renewal units towards their certification by completing Powersoft education programs.
The session is entitled and will occur during the trade show on June 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Kocks, powersoft’s business development manager, fixed Install, will walk attendees through the digital tools that make system design a snap with Powersoft. He will also explore the fundamentals of Powersoft’s switch mode technology, advanced DSP features, and networking functionality within the context of installed system design.
Any holder of InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist credential will receive one and a half (1.5) RUs towards maintenance of their certification for their participation in the session. Powersof

knights-1New Concert Touring & Events chair for KOI
Friday, 5 May 2017

UK - UK - The Knight of Illumination Awards 2017 (KOI), which celebrates the creative talents of international lighting and digital content designers working in the UK, has announced the appointment of a new chair of the Concert Touring & Events category - Jess Allan.
Well-known in the industry, Jess has worked in professional show lighting and event production for almost 20 years, gaining extensive experience of both technology and design while working in various roles for companies including Martin Professional and TAIT. In addition, Jess has been a member of the organising committee for Showlight, the prestigious quadrennial lighting conference, for the past eight years.
Most recently, Jess has launched Productionomics, a company providing specialist consultancy services to the event production industry, including data research, product launch, strategy planning and project work. In addition, she is currently working on key data research/recording specifically in the field of concert touring.
Jess will chair the panel of judges assessing the Concert Touring & Events category, and KOI is delighted that Jonny Milmer of creative design agency Imagination, lighting designer and video content creator Miguel Ribeiro, Kelly Murray, editor of TPi magazine and Claire Beeson, editor of LSi magazine, return to their roles as judges in this category for 2017.
Jess comments: "I'm very excited to be involved with the Knight of Illumination Awards. I've watched it grow to become a key event in the show lighting calendar. It's special because it fo

the-wl-stand-at-plasa-london-2016White Light returns to PLASA Focus Leeds
Friday, 5 May 2017

UK - Taking place from 9 – 10 May, PLASA Focus Leeds has established itself as the essential event for entertainment technology in the North of England. This year, the exhibition will once again take place at the Royal Armouries Museum where companies from across the globe will showcase the very latest technology. One of these is White Light, with the complete technical solution specialist exhibiting on stand N-C24 with a range of revolutionary technology.
Since its formation in 1971, WL has forged a reputation for supplying technical solutions including lighting, audio, video and rigging to projects of all sizes across the UK, Europe and worldwide. At PLASA Focus Leeds, the equipment on display will showcase the full range of what the company can offer its customers.
WL’s business development Manager Mark Morley comments: “We’re really excited to be back in Leeds, meeting up with old friends and potential new customers. It’s been a fantastic year for WL in which we’ve added to our expertise staff and continued to invest heavily in the latest technology – an example of which we intend to showcase at PLASA Focus.”
WL will display a range of lighting products on its stand including the CORE Lighting Mini Uplighters. A smaller version of the well-established ColourPoint Wireless LED Uplighter, the Mini has a powerful reach, able to light up to two storeys. Retaining an IP65 rating for outdoor usage, the slick design and discrete size means it can help transform any event, from small parties

tv-lighting-wshopDWR hosts TV lighting workshop
Thursday, 4 May 2017

South Africa - DWR Distribution’s Jannie de Jager will be presenting the Introduction Beginners Television Lighting Workshop on 23 May 2017.
Jannie’s vast experience has seen him involved with several studios and the commissioning thereof with projects including E-Tv Hyde Park LED upgrade (two studios), The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation LED upgrade (three studios), Botswana TV (three studios upgraded to LED) and the SuperSport Lagos Studios. He is also involved with training and support of many local broadcasting studios such as MultiChoice, SABC and ETV.
(Jim Evans)

eononeproSound Technology Harman showcase at PLASA Focus
Thursday, 4 May 2017

UK - Sound Technology, distributor of Harman Professional Solutions audio products in the UK and Ireland, is showcasing new products from Harman’s JBL Professional, Crown and Soundcraft, plus Harman’s Connected PA system, on stand N-A11 at PLASA Focus in Leeds on 9-10 May.
Announced at Pro Light + Sound in Frankfurt in last month, the JBL Eon One Pro is a rechargeable portable personal linear-array PA system which combines the sound quality of a professional system with the convenience and portability of a self-contained, battery-powered solution. Featuring Bluetooth audio, an eight-channel mixer and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts six hours, Eon One Pro is designed for gigging musicians and DJs, educators, fitness studios, corporate environments and more.
Harman’s Connected PA concept garnered much interested when it was announced at the NAMM Show in January, and PLASA Focus will be the first opportunity for UK customers to see the system in action. Connected PA is a complete integrated system of live sound products that allows musicians and performers at any skill level to easily get professional results.
The recently-released Soundcraft Ui24 forms the heart of the Connected PA ecosystem, together with JBL PRX800 loudspeakers, microphones & mic adaptors from AKG and dbx’s Di1 direct box. The Connected PA App - a preview version of which is available to download from the Apple App Store now - brings the system together.
Soundcraft has recently released v6.3 software for the Vi Series which adds Harman’s vMix automated

proel-axiomRecord launch for Proel at ProLight+Sound
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Germany/Italy - Proel launched a record number of new loudspeaker systems at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt this year across multiple sectors of the markets for installed sound and portable sound products.
Representing a new direction for its Axiom professional loudspeaker brand, the AX12C vertical column array is aimed primarily at corporate audio-visual applications requiring response and output beyond traditional speech-only column speaker systems, as well as a wide range of fixed installations from clubs to commercial facilities. Consisting of 12 3.5-inch drive units housed in a structurally rigid aluminium enclosure, the ACX12C delivers wide 100° horizontal dispersion, and natural cardioid behaviour thanks to its transmission line back-loading.
It will frequently be used with the matching SW2100A powered 21-inch subwoofer which provides mechanical coupling as well as 2000 watts of power from its internal Class D amplifier module. AX12C modules can be floor or wall mounted with specialised brackets, or flown up to four units deep from a dedicated flybar, and a range of transportation solutions are available for portable use.
Seven new loudspeakers were also launched in the ED Series point source range, from 6-inch two-way through 8-inch two-way, 12-inch two-way, to a single 18-inch subwoofer and low profile dual 10-inch subwoofer, designed for many kinds of fixed installation projects from restaurants and bars to theatres and sports facilities. Black, white, or custom RAL finishes, a range of mounting accessories, asymmetrical horn patterns, and p

Green Hippo goes on show in Florence
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Italy - Tuscany hosts Showlight 2017 and Green Hippo is heading to Firenze in force. This show, the 10th since its 1981 launch, takes place on 20-23 May in Florence, providing a beautiful backdrop for what promises to be a productive gathering.
Encompassing the disciplines of architectural lighting, concert, event, film, theatre, and television, Showlight anticipates that lighting practitioners from some 20 countries will attend the Florence event. Green Hippo will present its Hippotizer Media Server range at Showlight’s exhibition, enabling it to demonstrate its award-winning line to this multinational audience, while also benefiting from the show’s traditionally strong business networking environment.
The exhibition runs alongside Showlight’s series of presentations – exhibitor stands close during conference – meaning that exhibitors can also participate in these informative events. Green Hippo’s Showlight 2017 team counts Phil Blue, Ryan Brown and Simon Harris, bringing extensive knowledge of the industry.
(Jim Evans)

triple-e-takes-the-stage-at-plasa-focusTriple E takes the stage at PLASA Focus
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

UK - Entertainment infrastructure specialist Triple E is set to unveil the latest model of its pop-up theatre at PLASA Focus in Leeds next week.
Triple E will build Project 33 as a performance platform at ABTT and the company’s stand at PLASA Focus is the opportunity to see its dramatic plans for the technology in the meantime.
Commissioned by the Pleasance Theatre Trust for a role at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this summer, Project 33 is a product of ModTruss, the award-winning, Meccano-style construction system designed in the US and exclusively distributed by Triple E this side of the Atlantic.
David Edelstein, managing director at Triple E, comments: “Project 33 demonstrates the remarkable flexibility of ModTruss. It’s an extremely strong, flat-packed solution capable of taking almost any shape and supporting attendant production weights, anywhere.
“ModTruss answers so many questions across the event map, we’re delighted to take a scale model of its first major UK incarnation to PLASA Focus.”
An eminently versatile solution for a range of profile events Stateside, Super Bowl 50, World’s Greatest, Fox Sports West and Cine Gear Expo among them, ModTruss has unlimited connection points, which allows the product weight to be reduced without sacrificing its strength.
(Jim Evans)

superheroArtistic Licence Superheroes at PLASA Focus
Wednesday, 3 May 2017

UK - Artistic Licence will be exhibiting at PLASA Focus Leeds next week (Stand N-B31). This year, the company is promoting two major areas of development – the Superhero Splitters, and the launch of its next generation ethernet gateway products, starting with artLynx quad.
Artistic Licence has upgraded its popular DIN rail splitters, Rail-Split RDM II and Rail-Split extreme, to superhero status, by endowing them with special powers to withstand mains electrocution.
Both products are now fitted with electrical protection on the input, loop and output connections. This enables them to survive electrocution by all international mains voltages, including UK 3-phase (that is, up to 415 VAC continuous connection). The connections are designed to be self-healing, so the product lives on to fight another day.
Additionally, Rail-Split extreme now features surge protection. This feature is aimed at protecting the product and connected equipment against voltage surges of the type generated by lightning. The protection is sacrificial which means that after a certain number of protection events, the protection circuitry will be destroyed.
The next generation of Artistic Licence ethernet-to-DMX gateways is based on a more powerful chip technology, and provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol. Leading the way is artLynx quad, a DIN rail mounted product that converts Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 DMX universes. RDM is additionally supported when used with Art-Net. artLynx quad supercedes the previous Art-Lynx O/P product.

job2130w1201One week to go until PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 2 May 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds opens its doors next week, 9-10 May at Royal Armouries, hosting a wealth of product launches and the latest UK debuts. A range of innovative technology will be showcased including Cadac’s CDC seven - the newest addition to its CDC series digital console line; Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series - a new generation of multi-purpose line arrays, Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System; Robe’s LEDBeam 150; d&b audiotechnik’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source installation loudspeakers, not to mention Philips Vari-Lite’s new VL6000 Beam mid-air effects fixture; Nexo’s extraordinary GEO M10 mid-size line array; RCF’s HDL 6-A new mini line array and Chauvet’s Maverick MK3 Wash.

Cliff Dounting, UK General manager, CHAUVET Professional says: "We are especially excited to showcase the new Maverick MK3 Wash at PLASA Focus Leeds. The fixture raises the bar on output, colour consistency and pixel effects, and thanks to its 27 (40 W) Osram RGBW LEDs, the Maverick MK3 Wash offers powerful wash effects for all applications." Cliff adds: "PLASA Focus Leeds continues to be a crucially important show for CHAUVET, and we look forward to demonstrating all our recently introduced fixtures – including the Maverick MK1 Spot and ÉPIX Strip IP LED – to new and existing customers alike.” 

Chris Toulmin, PLASA’s director of events comments: “If these exciting products weren’t enough, for the first time at PLASA Focus Leeds you can learn more about Dante networking by Audinate, participate in a BBC Yorkshir

epic-artSpecialz are EPIC in Dublin
Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ireland - EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum is Dublin’s newest museum, dedicated to one of the pivotal facets of Irish history: that of Irish emigration. In the appropriate location, the museum is situated in Dublin’s Docklands on the Custom House Quay, the departure point for many of Ireland’s emigrants in the 19th Century. Within the museum are twenty themed interactive galleries that take visitors on a journey through Irish history and, through interactive and immersive technology, connects all those who claim Irish connections and heritage with powerful experience.
Amongst the myriad of rooms dedicated to the global influence of the Irish culture through migration is a space entitled Science & Innovation. Within this gallery, visitors are familiarised with those of Irish descent who have been key in the development of scientific and technology progress. As an introduction to the mysteries of the Irish psyche, the Synapse provides a spectacular visual interpretation of the brain’s inner workings. This artistic impression that also provides light and visual movement to the gallery was designed by Adam Grater.
“There was indeed a dual purpose to this installation,” opens Grater. “It’s title, The Synapse, explains what it represents but it also creates atmosphere and provides ambience in the way it physically illuminates the space. Once I had an idea of what I wanted I went to Dave Smith at Specialz to turn my thoughts into a workable reality.”
Creating bespoke visual structures is what Specialz is all about as Grater himself c

Green Hippo on track for Eurovision 2017
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Europe - Green Hippo has confirmed its appointment as an official Technical Event Supplier for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. This year’s show, to be held in Kiev next month, will see Green Hippo’s video playback equipment help deliver the 62nd contest to a TV audience of more than 200m.
Green Hippo, Digigobos / Beacon Gobo Group, FIX8 Group and Trust Rental will supply 16 Hippotizer Media Servers, bringing the Hippotizer line’s renowned technical qualities - think pace, power, reliability, and real-time ease of use – to the Kiev set. This year’s agreement builds on Green Hippo’s flawless performance at Eurovision 2016, where the company’s Hippotizer Boreal and Karst Media Servers helped propel the Stockholm spectacular to a record 204m viewers.
James Roth, head of sales & marketing for Green Hippo says, “As technical event supplier, working alongside the designers, programmers and staging teams on such a complex project comes with a unique set of challenges. It’s a major event and for this reason we provide full support with our own HQ team in situ in Kiev to back-up the efforts of our European and Ukrainian partners. I’m looking forward to the party.”
Nigel Sadler, chief technical officer of Green Hippo adds, “The Eurovision song contest is major show which pushes the boundaries of technical production technology every year, so we are very proud to have been chosen as the media server of choice on seven of the last 10 shows incorporating video. The unique requirements of the show have helped to shape some of o

ayrton17165-the-lightshow-on-the-ayrton-booth-at-prolightsound-2017--holger-petersAyrton celebrates anniversary with new releases
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Germany - Ayrton celebrated its 15th anniversary at Prolight + Sound with new products, new staff and a PIPA Award in the Light FX category for its MagicBurst graphic LED strobe fixture.
“To be given the PIPA 2017 Light FX Award for MagicBurst is very satisfying and a nice industry recognition of the continuation of Ayrton’s ingenuity and originality in product design,” says Ayrton’s new global sales director, Michael Althaus. “It tops what has been an excellent show for Ayrton where we experienced a really fantastic reception of our new products by the many visitors who came to check them out and see them in action in our light show.”
The company also announced an expansion in its staff prior to the show with the addition of Michael Althaus as global sales director, Christopher Agius Ferrante as CEO, Simon Gasch as regional sales manager and Chunyan Hou as the new legal and administration manager.
Ayrton chose Prolight + Sound to introduce a new line of luminaires with product names that evoke the winds of the world. The new names “symbolise the lightness embodied in the fixtures, along with the fluidity of design and breath of innovation that Ayrton brings to the marketplace of entertainment lighting”.
The first luminaire in this new line is Merak, a compact wash fixture that combines punch with enhanced performance. Its new design squeezes a whole lot of washlight into a package that is less than 40cm high, with a new 250W RGBW multichip LED module and Fresnel lens, to create a mono-source luminaire that is a marvel of inge

robert-jRobert Juliat turns on the style in Frankfurt
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Germany - Robert Juliat was present in classic style in the Lightpower Village at Prolight+Sound 2017 as it presented a line-up of its tungsten and discharge followspots - Lancelot, Merlin, Cyrano, Victor and Roxie - which formed a beautiful backdrop to herald the arrival of Robert Juliat’s two new LED followspots, the powerful 600W Oz and Alice.
Long- and short-throw models respectively, Oz and Alice feature an exclusive 600W cool white LED source and are the first professional LED followspots able to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots.
The dynamic pair share the same high-quality functions and characteristics offered by the Robert Juliat classic Compact range. Their compact dimensions and silent operation are coupled with the benefits of no heat, smooth electronic dimming - locally or remotely via DMX – and no lamp-change for less maintenance. A digital display, RJ45 connector and USB port are just some of the convenient features that come as standard.
“There is nothing else comparable on the market in terms of output and performance from a powerful LED source,” says Robert Juliat managing director, François Juliat. “Oz and Alice are proof that Robert Juliat continues to lead the way in followspot design.”
Robert Juliat also unveiled SpotMe, an advanced 3D tracking system for their Compact and Grand ranges of followspots, which is designed to shine the light on performers in a smart, progressive way. Very easy to understand, simple to install and use, and extremely cost-effective, SpotMe

van-damme-black-series-4VDC Trading brings new look to PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 25 April 2017

UK - VDC Trading will be showcasing a selection of the latest products from Van Damme Cable, including the Black Series reduced OD speaker cable and the Digi-Tour AES/DMX multicore, at PLASA Focus Leeds, held at The Royal Armouries from 9-10 May.
The Van Damme Black Series reduced OD 2- and 4-core 4mm cables are engineered to have the lowest possible overall diameter. They are commonly used with speaker multipins for amplifier break ins or speaker breakouts and help to keep truck weight down. The cables are double extruded; the first extrusion encloses the inner conductors and the second extrusion gives a smooth and round outer jacket.
Van Damme Digi-Tour multicores are mechanically and electrically based on the Van Damme Green Series range, but they feature a matt black outer jacket for on-stage use and discrete rigging. 110-Ohm characteristic impedance makes them ideal for both AES/EBU digital audio and DMX512 lighting control signals.
Also on show in Leeds is the Van Damme Tourlight HMA Assemblies. Already established in the broadcast and touring markets, the HMA connector’s expanded beam lens system offers greater resilience to dirt and contamination. Also ideal for the touring market are the Van Damme Tourlight OM3 multimode and OS1 single mode fibre cables. The Tourlight range has been accredited by Neutrik for use with its OpticalCON connector and can be supplied terminated to length in VDC’s state-of-the-art fibre laboratory, which has also been Class A COCA approved by Neutrik.

ledblade-at-pls-frankfurt-2017PL+S: LEDBlade LED strip visual technology showcased
Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Germany - LEDBlade presented its new generation LED strip, visual technology system at Prolight+Sound recently. The system comprises both a straight component, the original LEDBlade Stripe, and the recently launched LEDBlade Curve.
“LEDBlade creates depth of space or three-dimensionality; it enhances edges, expands the visual area or links together to create any geometric design. LEDBlade adds extra dynamic to the video design toolkit,” the company says.
“LEDBlade Curves and LEDBlade Stripes can be used in any combination together – deployed as an independent visual item or integrated into a complex visual design – to create an impressive and memorable visual experience. For creatives and event designers, LEDBlade offers fast and easy mapping through any media server or projection control device, for a perfect image, on TV or live.”
Handmade in Europe, LEDBlade was developed by an AV rental company and benefits from over 20-years of hands-on experience. LEDBlade is rugged in demanding situations, compact and light for ease of transportation and IP-rated for use indoors and out. The product is simple and fast to install and can be reassembled on a daily basis, with both components utilising the same cabling and power options. LEDBlade offers numerous fastening and securing options, including sliding, rotating or magnetic, to suit individual requirements.
Radoslaw Bogusz, LEDBlade’s regional sales director, comments: “LEDBlade is a valuable addition to any conventional visual equipment and feedback from customers is


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