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ttconf17Theatres Trust Conference 2017 programme
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Theatres Trust has announced the programme of speakers for Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking which will take place on 17 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London.
Speakers will be discussing the role of theatres and the wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. Teams behind recent theatre projects will explore how community and placemaking plays a fundamental role in the future proofing of their venues with Storyhouse Chester, Tara Arts, New Diorama Theatre, Royal Town Planning Institute, Argent LLP and others joining in the discussions.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “Conference 17 will stimulate conversations around theatre buildings and their role in placemaking – ranging from their impact on vibrancy of place and the local economy, the physical and philosophical relationship of theatre buildings to their community and their contribution to wellbeing and identity. Our speakers and case studies bring with them a wealth of fascinating stories and experience from across the country.”
The annual conference, now in its eleventh year, has attracted a high number of key decision makers, influencers and practitioners from the cultural sector, from theatre operators and local authority planners, to developers and architects, theatre suppliers, manufacturers and installers.
In a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussions.
Conference 17 Speakers include: Dr Cara Courag

vectorworksVectorworks Spotlight User Conference scheduled
Thursday, 14 September 2017

UK - Vectorworks has announced details of its annual Vectorworks Spotlight Conference where the company will provide further details on Vectorworks decision to open its first ever office outside the US here in the UK. Operational since mid-August, this initiative is testament to the importance of the UK market, its customers and partners to Vectorworks, inc.
This conference is for Vectorworks Spotlight users and any designers looking at Vectorworks as a software solution.
Speakers will include a Vectorworks Key Spotlight Developer, the Vectorworks UK Spotlight Evangelist and “inspiring speakers who will help you add value to your designs and share their latest tips and tricks”.
Says Vectorworks, “As this event is being organised for our customers using the Spotlight software if there is anything you would particularly like covered during the day please let us know on the registration form so we can add it to the agenda.”
The event will take place on Tuesday 3 October 2017, 09:30-13:00 hours, at the Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT. Attendance is free, but places are limited. Register now to reserve your place.
(Jim Evans)

sh-nationalS+H adds star quality to National Eisteddfod
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

UK - S+H Technical Support provided substantial quantities of its LED starcloth product to production designer Sid Scott of Scott Callaghan Art Production for the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The nine-day event was staged in a large field near Bodedern on Ynys Môn (the Isle of Anglesey), around eight miles from Caergybi (Holyhead) and approximately 20 miles from Bangor on mainland Wales.
The main entertainment hub on site was the Pafiliwn, a 40m deep 1,800 capacity pavilion built by Neptunus Structures, which was new in 2016, and once again utilised throughout the Eisteddfod for a diverse mix of entertainment, from a Sunday service to rock concerts, stand-up comedy, etc. in the evenings as well as a variety of competitions – dance, poetry, music, etc. – during the daytime.
Sid created the Pafiliwn production design in close collaboration with lighting director Nigel Catmur, Eisteddfod producer Medwyn Parri and Huw Aled Jones, the Eisteddfod’s head of technical operations.
Their objective was to create an immersive theatrical environment in the venue that would help engage the audience and take them on a journey for each performance, transforming the white box-style marquee into an exciting and invigorating live experience.
Having used the Neptunus structure for the first time last year, the team wanted to make several enhancements to the presentation space this year.
The LED starcloth wrap ran 120m down both sides of the structure and behind the audience, and also around two sets of 15m wide stage wings - stage left an

zero-88-plasa-2017-flx-s24-and-flx-s48-consolesEaton launches Zero 88 FLX S at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Eaton is expanding its award-winning Zero 88 FLX range with two powerful, all-new lighting control consoles designed for applications where space, time, ease of use and flexibility are key factors.
FLX S24 and FLX S48 are affordable, easy to use and fun. They control 48 and 96 fixtures respectively to bring the power, simplicity and cost-efficiency for which Zero 88 are renowned.
Recognising that programming time continues to become ever-tighter and more precious, Zero 88 has streamlined key elements of FLX S to assist with all the prep work, getting the user ready to operate even quicker.
RigSync, nominated for a PLASA Innovation Award, keeps FLX S fully synchronised with the lighting rig, without any need for the user to understand DMX or even think about patching.
Guidancehelps the user through key features of the console, allowing them to learn and refresh their skills at their own pace.
Colour is at the core of the operating architecture, providing quick and accurate control of colour changing fixtures via the four encoder wheels and the 7” multi-touch display - offering Zero 88’s award winning colour and image picking interfaces and access to Mood Boards by LEE Filters.
Moving lights can be intuitively controlled using the multi-touch pan / tilt grid or the encoder wheels – hugely popular and familiar to the majority of console operators - or by applying automatic movement effects such as ‘figure 8’, ‘rainbow’ and ‘fly-in’.
For speed, convenience and familiarity, regular functions have dedicate

taking-performance-to-the-next-stage-300dpiAC-ET demos BroadWeigh at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - An attention grabbing 3.5m truss gantry will be one of the main attractions on A.C. Entertainment Technologies' (AC-ET) stand at this year's PLASA London as it prepares to offer live demonstrations of BroadWeigh's wireless load cell technology.
As BroadWeigh's UK product partner, AC-ET will be giving visitors to stand E30 the chance to see the 4.75 tonne and 3.25 tonne shackles work in a live environment mapped to BroadWeigh's LOG100 software.
Matthew Millward, rigging division sales manager for AC-ET said: "Our partnership with BroadWeigh has always been extremely important to us as a company, both from a brand perspective and from a frontier technology point of view. Over the seven or so years that we have supported the brand and showed the BroadWeigh product on our stands at tradeshows, it has become apparent that showing the system in a real world environment helps our customers to better realise the full potential of the product."
He continued: "Through the course of our partnership we have seen many new additions to the product family along with upgrades and improvements to the existing products too – showing these changes on an annual basis also conveys to the end user, that the brand is not stagnant, is forward thinking and innovating. By far the most exciting aspects to new customers is the power behind the Log100 software, although when it comes to devices the Wind Speed Sensor is often the most intriguing."
Jonathan Purdue, BroadWeigh's business development manager at BroadWeigh added: "PLASA is an important show for us – i

pole-op-1Doughty gears up for IBC and PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Doughty Engineering is set to unveil a new version of its popular Space Saver this month. The Space Saver Omega will make its debut on the company's stand at IBC in Amsterdam on the 15 September and on 17 September at PLASA London.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "We introduced the original Space Saver this time last year – 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 store and transport, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement – we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly. It's all under wraps – a little bit cloak and dagger at the moment – but we're confident our customers won't be disappointed."
Doughty will also release a face-lifted Grip Head at IBC. Mark explained: "The new Grip Head has been made using new tooling to improve the overall finish and gripping qualities. We're sure our customers who are already familiar with the product will really notice the difference."
Doughty's new Pole Operated Yoke as well as its range of clamps, pantographs and other kit designed with the film and TV industry in mind will feature on the IBC stand whilst at PLASA, Doughty's Three Position Tank Trap will also make an appearance alongside industry favourites like the Modular Rigging System.
Mark concluded: "Year on year we are going from strength to strength, both within the broadcast industry, in the world of theatre and live enter

followspotozRobert Juliat debuts followspots at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at the 40th PLASA show at London’s Olympia on Stand K38 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
The company’s latest followspot releases will be officially launched at the show: Oz and Alice are 600W LED models offering a cool white source for long and short-throw applications respectively. They are the first professional LED followspots able to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots, and offer the same high-quality functionality and characteristics as all Robert Juliat’s Compact followspots.
Oz and Alice’s 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.
The significantly increased output of Oz and Alice takes RJ’s LED followspot technology a step further, extending its application into larger venues and full size theatres, where Oz is the perfect front-of-house spot for LED applications and Alice’s compact dimensions and powerful throw make it the ideal truss spot.
The full Dalis family will be on show, with the Dalis 862 Footlight accompanied by the new Dalis 861 Washlight, launched in April 2017, and the new Dalis 862S, a short, 50cm version of the original 1m Dalis 862 footlight.
Dalis 861 Washlight takes the same technology as the original, award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight and reconfigures it into a rectangular format. Its extremely wide beam and perfectly even coverage makes it an ideal solut

jdc105GLP lightshows on demand at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - GLP arrives at this year’s PLASA Show riding the crest of a wave. The burgeoning UK operation, now under the stewardship of the experienced Simon Barrett and David Stewart, will be presenting a portfolio of LED and hybrid solutions. These have captured the imagination of designers worldwide over the past year, and their attributes can be seen in regular interactive lightshows choreographed by leading LD (and 2017 KOI nominated LD) Tom Campbell, who has been using quantities of GLP’s X4 Bars on tour with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, while GLP products will also feature heavily on singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey’s upcoming tour.
As for the PLASA lightshows, these will be presented every 30 minutes from an overhead rig through haze, to ensure the strength and integrity of the beams is fully appreciated. Not only that but it will be possible to trigger each product group independently, as UK Manager, Simon Barrett explains. “We will be able to run demos on demand of any single fixture type - and this is unique.”
Heading the product roster at the show will be the new JDC1 hybrid strobe. Designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronised unit, this creates a new class of powerful strobe that goes way beyond the standard definition of a hybrid. Some 20 of them will feature in the overhead rig along with GT-1 hybrid, impression X4 S, X4 L, atoms and award-winning X4 Bar 20’s and 10’s.
Tom Campbell confirms the break from the visible front truss and centrepiece lightshow of last year in fa

vhd218jKV2 to unveil subwoofer at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - KV2 Audio will be exhibiting PLASA 2017 with the show seeing the UK launch of the brand new VHD 2.18J 2x18” subwoofer.
Housing two 18" high performance transducers the VHD 2.18J is a direct radiating bass-reflex subwoofer. The VHD 2.18J’s optimised, high efficiency, bass-reflex design produces considerably more output than other similar double 18” enclosures and features intuitive integrated flyware that allows for fast rigging of multiple cabinets. The VHD 2.18J can be seen on KV2 Audio’s stand – L10.
KV2 will also be running demonstrations throughout the show in the Club Room on the gallery floor. Show-goers can hear a selection of EX, ESD and ESR products with 15-minute demonstrations beginning at 11:00 and then every 1hr 15minutes throughout the show.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit:
(Jim Evans)

cable-plugTen 47 launches Powerline QC at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Ten 47 officially launches its Powerline QC connector to the market PLASA 2017. Having won an award for innovation at last year’s show and after extensive field trials, the two-piece Single Pole 500 amp connector will be shipping from stock in early October.
Building on the proven original Powerline connector series with familiar safety features such as mechanical keying, colour coded insulators and IP2X finger proof contacts, the Ten 47 " QC " range offers many enhancements over existing designs. New innovations include improved insulator strength, retained louvre band (IP protected), centred contact alignment, low connector mating forces and environmental sealing to IP68.
In addition, the proprietary sandwich contact retention system within a two piece insulator body allows replaceable front ends and eliminates the need for a "Cotter/dowel pin" common on similar products ensuring reduced assembly and maintenance times.
Line drain connectors are supplied with an integral thumb use release key allowing the operator a quick and safe way to disconnect. Powerline QC has been fully tested to be compatible with all leading brands.
The company will also be displaying - on Stand F50 - many products from its extensive portfolio including cable ramps, multipin connectors and cabling solutions from sister company Lex Products.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit:
(Jim Evans)

ayrton-ghibliAyrton celebrates at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Ayrton continues its 15th anniversary celebrations with the launch of new products at the 40th PLASA London show where it will exhibit on Stand K32 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
Ghibli, Ayrton’s first LED spotlight 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. An optional High CRI Mode can be implemented for situations demanding even higher quality light output. Ghibli also features CMY colour mixing, variable CTO, and a complete effect section including two gobo wheels, a prism, an animation wheel, two frosts, and a rotating framing system that allows a full wipe, all in a most competitively priced package.
MiniPanel-FX is a new addition to Ayrton’s FX-Zoom range. Small in dimensions but mighty in output, with a zoom spread of 3.6° to 53°, MiniPanel-FX houses four of Ayrton’s unique square lenses in a neat 2 x 2 configuration to form an extremely powerful beam and wash light with immense creative possibilities.
Both Ghibli and MiniPanel-FX receive their official launch at the show and will be ready to ship in the autumn.
Launched at Prolight+Sound 2017, Ayrton’s Merak 250W RGBW LED wash light will be making its first appearance at Olympia. This little powerhouse of technology 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. With its single-source transmitting lens,

artiste-daliElation world premieres set for PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Elation Professional has added two world premiere product launches to its list of innovative product offerings at the upcoming PLASA show in London.
Showing at Stand H40 for the first time anywhere, Elation will be debuting the Artiste Dali, a full-featured moving head with state-of-the-art LED / Laser Phosphor light engine and the second luminaire in Elation’s Artiste series.
The second world premiere product is the new Dartz 360, a full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects that gives all new projection possibilities from a narrow-beam luminaire. Both luminaires have been nominated for a PLASA Award for Innovation.
The new Artiste Dali’s features include eFly wireless DMX, CMY+CTO variable color mixing, color wheel, rotating and static gobos, prisms, animation, zoom and frost. Combined with the powerful new LED/Laser Phosphor engine, the Artiste Dali provides the latest technology and professional performance to fit into a variety of applications and designs.
The new Dartz 360’s single-source 50W RGB LED engine produces a powerful and tight 3-degree beam for smooth, colour-mixed beam effects similar to a discharge lamp. Extremely bright for its wattage and size, a combined LED engine source/optics package provides better field and brighter output than previous multi-chip LED “beam” solutions. The Dartz 360 is also compact and phenomenally fast with continuous 360° pan and tilt movement added to the gobos, dual prisms, frost and remote focus.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit: test

danteDante AV Networking World training at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Audinate is hosting the popular Dante AV Networking World at PLASA 2017 on Tuesday, 19 September and will bring together manufacturers who have integrated Dante, Audinate's industry leading Audio Over IP solution.
With an introduction by PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath, the first component of the day will be a Dante Level 1 and Level 2 certification course which will be presented in the morning sessions.
“These two courses help individuals who are new to using Dante and want to get started with small to medium sized Dante networks,” says Kieran Walsh, Audinate’s director of application engineering (EMEA). “The course will also be useful for more experienced operators to understand how to really take advantage of Networked Audio.
“The second component of the day will take place in the afternoon and is an introduction to the Dante Level 3 certification course. This course goes into a lot more depth about how IP networks actually function (not just audio networks) and is very useful for anyone using IP technologies in their day-to-day work.”
It is important to note that the Level 3 certification course is normally presented over two days, so the PLASA session will cover some of the most popular content from that course. It is strongly recommended that after this initial taster session, interested people enrol on a full two-day course to be able to obtain the certification in full.
The seminar is sponsored by leading audio technology companies Audinate, Bose, d&b audiotechnik, Focusrite, Pevey and XTA. It is fre

high-endHigh End to launch SolaFrame 750 at PLASA 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017

UK - High End Systems will launch its new SolaFrame 750 automated luminaire at PLASA 2017. The fixture will make its debut on HES Master Distributor AED’s stand C30 at London Olympia.The SolaFrame 750 will also appear on ETC’s stand J30.
Compact yet full-featured, the SolaFrame 750 offers many of the effects capabilities of the company’s flagship White Light LED products, making it a suitable fit for theatres, houses of worship, night clubs and other medium-sized venues. Delivering 11,300 lumens, the SolaFrame 750 includes a full Framing Shutter System, CMY/CTO- linear colour mixing and replaceable fixed colour wheel systems, rotating gobo wheel plus rotating animation, frost, iris, 6 to 50 degree zoom and a three-facet rotating prism.
Sola Series product manager Matt Stoner commented: “For some time now, users have asked for a full-featured fixture designed for their small to medium venues. That is why we designed the SolaFrame 750 with every feature a professional needs to completely immerse their venue in light. With a full complement of framing, gobos, animation and prisms plus an incredible zoom range, this fixture has all of the features of the big boys, but with a size designed for tighter spaces.”
“We continue to focus on our customers,” added High End Systems general manager Becky Koester. “We want to be a full business partner with a product offering that addresses all end-user requirements. With the continued success of the Sola Series, we felt it important to broaden our offering with the addition of a smaller footprint f

dmx-protectArtistic Licence in explosive mode at PLASA 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017

Artistic Licence will be exhibiting at PLASA London, Olympia, 17-19 September, Stand C32. This year, its new set design promises an electrifying experience, as visitors can attempt to blow up our products using a Van de Graaff generator!
The important message here is that our premium splitters and gateways have unusually high levels of electrical protection built-in, says the company. This is great news for expensive consoles and moving lights, which can all be damaged or destroyed by accidental mains connection, generator spikes or lightning strikes.
DMX-Protect is a new product that serves only to provide electrical protection of other equipment. It is a low-cost retrofit solution to ensure your investment is protected. See what you think - it will be on show in the Awards for Innovation gallery, as well as Stand C32.
Just announced is the next generation of Artistic Licence ethernet-to-DMX gateways. Based on a more powerful chip technology, the range provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol, giving access to impressive new functionality not offered in earlier releases.
Leading the way, artLynx quad and artLynx duo are DIN rail mounted products that convert Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 (quad) or 2 (duo) DMX/RDM universes.
New for 2017, the moody programmable LED controllers have been updated and improved to provide a much more aesthetic product. With a choice of cover plates in contemporary material finishes and a subtle glowing dial, the moody range provides versatile DMX, DALI or constant voltage dimming con

etc-ion-xeETC schedules global debuts at PLASA 2017
Monday, 11 September 2017

UK – PLASA 2017 will mark the global tradeshow debut of the recently launched Ion Xe lighting desks and the soon-to-be released ColorSource Cyc fixture. Also to be unveiled is the eagerly anticipated Cobalt software version 8.0. Additionally, Source Four turns 25 this year and ETC will be honouring the occasion on stand J30.
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, the new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring award-winning programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Accompanying the consoles are the new Eos Fader Wings which provide 20 or 40 standard faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware.
PLASA visitors can get a sneak preview of the upcoming ColorSource Cyc fixture. Slated for release later this year, this purpose-built cyclorama light is bright, compact and affordable. It’s also the first ColorSource fixture to add a fifth colour to its LED array, incorporating indigo with the RGB-L mix to achieve rich, theatrical hues. The Cyc will be joining fellow family members on stand J30, including ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures, ColorSource AV control desk, and ColorSource Relay wireless power control solution.
Engineered for lighting on-the-fly, the Cobalt line of control was designed to rid the lighting process of unnecessary keystrokes and complicated syntax. Debuting at PLASA, Cobalt software version 8.0 intr

dmxcat-live-design-131f779fbb8396b949d71ff00001a956aCity Theatrical brings latest technology to Olympia
Monday, 11 September 2017

UK - City Theatrical will be demonstrating its latest technology at PLASA on stand H50 at Olympia.
DMXcat makes it easy for anyone to control, analyse, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus several other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.
The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones.
SHoW DMX Multiverse can broadcast up to five universes of DMX data in the 2.4GHz band (for use worldwide) or four universes of data in the 900MHz band (for use in the Americas). These tiny circuit board mounted modules are particularly suited for lighting equipment manufacturers who are interested in adding wireless DMX to their products.
City Theatrical has rebranded its growing line of dimmers for LED tape into the QolorFLEX family, assuring users that all of its dimmers match perfectly with its ETL listed QolorFLEX LED tape.
On debut will be a new tiny dimmer, the QolorFLEX 2x4A SHoW DMX Multiverse Dimmer. Just 3.187” x .70” x .50” (81mm x 18.8mm x 12mm), it is small enough to fit in a 3/4” (19mm) tube and is designed for building into tiny spaces in props, candles, wands, costumes, and other special effects.
Utilizing our SHoW DMX Multiverse radio, we have minia returns to Olympia
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UK - Occupying the same position as for PLASA’s inaugural return to Olympia in 2016,, will be exhibiting at the 40th PLASA 2017 on Stand B2 in London Olympia (17-19 September). is the one-stop online shop for custom and standard metal, glass and plastic gobos, accessories and Rosco E-Colour filter, It will share a stand with its sister company, Cut Colour Plus, the bespoke filter-cutting and comprehensive scroll-making service supplying the entertainment, educational and architectural markets. has recently expanded its inventory to encompass complementary products and will be showing the Rosco Image Spot Projector for indoor and outdoor use, and the Martin Rush Gobo Projector. Both of these gobo projectors can be purchased directly from the website at GoboPlus will also show a selection of Suprabeam professional-standard torches for which it is the exclusive UK distributor.
Offering comprehensive expertise from some of the industry’s most experienced gobo specialists, delivers exceptional quality and service, with a superlative custom gobo service and over 3000 gobo designs from Rosco, DHA and GAM in addition to its own growing catalogue of patterns.
Find out what’s new, hear details of the latest 'Plasa Special Offer’, and try your luck at winning a Suprabeam torch in’s unique ‘GoboDrop’ game on Stand B2 at London Olympia.
(Jim Evans)

MDG Celebrates 40 Years of PLASA LondonMDG Celebrates 40 Years of PLASA London
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UK - At 37 years old, MDG knows all about longevity and the value of creating high quality products for its clients. With this in mind, MDG UK will be celebrating PLASA’s milestone 40th Anniversary with a selection of its award-winning and world-renowned haze and fog generators. These rock-solid machines continue to cement MDG’s long-standing reputation for the finest and most reliable atmosphere generators on the market.
The ATMe haze generator, the ME2 fog generator and the ICE FOG COMPACK low fog generator will be shown on Stand D50, alongside theONE award-winning dual fog and haze generator, and complemented by theFAN, the indispensible variable speed digital fan.
MDG’s ATMe haze generator is a development of the industry standard MDG Atmosphere haze generator. It shares the same compact dimensions, but with increased output and power efficiency, and the added advantage of DMX-RDM controllability. An optional portable carry kit sets a new standard in portability by allowing ATMe’s gas canister to be stored securely beneath the generator. From this position it can be operated horizontally without the gas line freezing to generate haze exactly where you want it.
The dual output Me2 fog generator will be representing the Me Series, the latest in MDG technology, which brings a higher degree of controllability and a more powerful output to the MDG family. With each model sporting DMX-controlled variable fog output, the Me Series is available in four sizes: Me1, Me2, Me4 and Me8.
MDG’s ever-popular ICE FOG COMPACK HP is a self-contai

gigacore10frontLuminex GigaCore 10 offers flexibility
Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UK - Since Luminex's soft launch of the super-flexible GigaCore 10 Gigabit switch - at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt earlier this year - it has fast established itself as the manufacturer's most versatile plug-and-play Gigabit Ethernet Switch to date.
The GigaCore 10 is specifically designed to address the rigours of the live events and touring industry where effortless set up, flexible use options, compact size and rugged reliability are key. To complement this, Luminex has designed a thoughtful range of accessories to enable easy rigging in all professional environments - including touring trusses, 19 inch rack and wall mountings.
Safeguarding the product's industry relevance, Luminex has developed and validated the key features of the GigaCore 10 in collaboration with its dealer network, third party manufacturers and end users.
With eight fully pre-configured Ethercon ports (to transport all commonly-used lighting and audio protocols) - four on each side of the unit - plus two (optional) FiberFox or Neutrik opticalCON connectors and a safety-standard compliant PowerCon TRUE1 Connector, the GigaCore 10 enables speedy design and set up of converged, multicast, PoE (Power over Ethernet) capable networks, while avoid the usual pitfalls of bandwidth issues.
One of GigaCore 10's key features is the 'easy group' function, which allows users to modify groups, change port settings or add devices to the network on the road, with speed and ease. Not only that, this modification can be achieved without reprogramming the entire system.
Lighting, aud

plasa-showPLASA Show extends seminar programme
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

UK - This year’s PLASA Show seminar programme both embraces the Show’s 40-year history and continues to provide valuable education across the most important and topical subjects in the industry today. This latest tranche of the Show’s free-to-attend seminar programme will have particular appeal for anyone in AV and lighting, those wanting to refine their social media interaction, boost their productivity with processes and apps or learn more about the Production Managers Forum.
Two sessions that have the AV market firmly in mind will take place in the Audio & AV Theatre: Where does audio stand within today’s corporate environment?, chaired by AV Magazine’s editor Clive Couldwell; and Installations – you’ve come a long way, baby, chaired by Paddy Baker, editor of Installation International magazine.
“I felt strongly that AV Magazine should play an active role in PLASA’s 40th edition,” says Clive. “During Where does audio stand within today’s corporate environment?, we wanted to look at how audio has often played second fiddle to the visual in the AV world, but how this scenario is changing, and rapidly, as working environments are transformed. We will also look at how you create the best audio experience in the workplace, what issues should you be considering when deploying audio, how do you evaluate an application’s audio needs and how you make sure what you’ve specified actually works.”
Installations – you’ve come a long way, baby is in keeping with the theme of

plasaKOI showcase set for PLASA 2017
Friday, 25 August 2017

UK - The Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards – the industry’s largest Awards to celebrate the achievements in lighting and video design seen in the UK -has announced a special collaboration between KOI Awards, Hawthorn and the PLASA Show.
This initiative will introduce a new exhibition area to the PLASA Show (17-19 September 2017), specifically created to showcase the shortlisted and winning designers of the 10th annual Knight of Illumination Awards.
The designated KOI area will be located upstairs at the London Olympia exhibition halls. All visitors to the show are invited to see the showcase of work created by the shortlisted lighting designers, and following Sunday’s ceremony, an update with the winning designs.
Chris Toulmin, director of events at PLASA Events comments: “This collaboration enables us to display some of the best creative talents from lighting and video design at the PLASA Show. Lighting has always been one of the cornerstones of the show. It is therefore fitting that we celebrate the work of the creatives who put this technology to such outstanding use.”
Martin Hawthorn, CEO of Hawthorn adds: “Over the last ten years we have watched the event grow into the most reputable and appreciated Awards of its kind. We wanted to increase the reach of the Awards to a broader audience by showcasing the industry's top design talent from Theatre, Television, Concert Touring & Events to everyone at the PLASA Show.”
The KOI Awards ceremony will be presented as part of a glittering dinner on 17 September 2017

ttconf17Theatres Trust conference speakers confirmed
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

UK - Details of an impressive array of contributors for the Theatres Trust Theatres & Placemaking conference have started to emerge, as delegate bookings for this one-day conference rise.
Taking place at Lyric Hammersmith on Tuesday 17 October, Conference 17 will discuss why and how theatres can engage with the placemaking agenda. New contributors include:
Paul Callaghan, chair of live theatre and trustee of Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust, will explore the role of culture within regeneration as part of the MACQ (Music, Arts and Cultural Quarter) project in Sunderland, whose vision will see the restoration of an important area of Sunderland, re-establishing the area’s previous importance as the Edwardian heart and soul of the city.
Graham Lister, project director for Storyhouse Chester and Cllr Louise Gittins, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Cheshire Council will jointly discuss the recently opened Storyhouse in Chester and the important role local authorities play in supporting theatre and placemaking.
Daniel Rose, executive director, Mechanics’ Institution Trust will introduce the work of his organisation, a social enterprise and building preservation and development trust, and their motivation to bring the Swindon Mechanics’ Institution, back to life and to nurture it as a community run organisation in a Grade II* listed building ready for the 21st century.
Hannah Garrow, fundraising and community engagement director, Leith Theatres Trust, will talk about their success in the re-opening and animating of Leith The

sxs-eventsSXS launches dry hire service
Friday, 18 August 2017

UK - With a broad stock of event production and AV equipment, production company SXS has launched a dry hire service.
Available equipment includes arena-scale PA, high-resolution LED video walls, outdoor video screens, staging, marquees and one of the largest stocks of blackout drapery in the UK.
“We now have one of the largest and definitely the broadest of stocks of AV and production equipment in the UK. The equipment we are using is high-end, industry and standard and typically rider friendly,” says SXS project handler Nathan Dunbar who will be heading up the dry hire customer services with assistance from production executive Lucy Payne.
“I’ve been with SXS a while now and have been blown away by how well our team maintains some of the highest standards I have seen in every discipline in which we work. SXS is a genuine one-stop shop with technical and safety standards as good as or better than the specialists in each field.”
(Jim Evans)


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