Events News

bijondLive manages Deutsche Bank Mumbai event
Thursday, 13 April 2017

India - Allen & Heath’s dLive S Class digital mixing system was employed at the annual national town hall meeting for Deutsche Bank, held in Mumbai.
Attended by employees from the Bank’s offices across India, dLive managed the live sound reinforcement and two-way live video conferencing with the organisation’s London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices.
Comprising an S7000 Surface and DM64 MixRack, the dLive system was supplied and managed by Mumbai-based PA company, Audiocore.
“dLive was the only option for this event as the S7000 surface enabled me to have 128 inputs at my fingertips. dLive’s powerful processing rate also means it is lightning fast, and combined with excellent audio intelligibility and with minimum set up time, it’s a no brainer for a live conference situation,” says FOH engineer, Bijon Bhadra.
(Jim Evans)

skunkClaypaky Scenius Spot on Skunk Anansie's tour
Thursday, 13 April 2017

Europe - The Claypaky Scenius Spot is being championed for its output, colour and optical quality by lighting designer Dan Williams who is using the fixture as the main lighting workhorse on British rockers Skunk Anansie's current European tour, Anarchytecture.
Lighting supplier for the tour, Buckinghamshire- based lighting design and rental outfit Siyan, recommended Dan the spot fixtures to work alongside the production's dominant LED video package, that includes both floor and flown LED screens.
"The main issue with working with such a strong video element is getting a fixture that is bright enough to stand out against the LED screens," says Dan. "The Scenius Spot has absolutely no problem with this."
To create the show's saturated colour pallets and punchy back and beam light Dan is utilising the fixtures advanced CMY and linear CTO colour systems.
"Even when the entire video wall is displaying full camera content, the Scenius Spot still provides great colour tone," says Dan. "As well as their colour output optically the fixtures look great. They have a fantastic bright, sharp beam with an impressive zoom range (8°-48°). The gobos are strong and the light output remains punchy even when the fixture is zoomed completely out."
In addition to the Scenius Spots, Dan is using one strategically placed A.leda B-EYE K20, Claypaky's pioneering LED wash, beam and effects fixture. The B-EYE K20 sits upstage centre behind lead singer Skin where it delivers majestic silhouetted air effects that complement the onstage LED screens' evolving graph

prg-alliance-summit-2017-frankfurt-photo-detlev-klockowdsc1801PRG Alliance builds on success at PL+S
Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Germany - Production Resource Group (PRG) organized its annual summit for the members of its global partner network programme – PRG Alliance – during the Prolight + Sound 2017 in Frankfurt.
Currently in its third year, the PRG Alliance has 15 members in 28 countries delivering high quality technical production services worldwide. The theme for this meeting was Building on Success, and celebrated numerous collaboration projects among the members, including some from Italy, Poland, and Portugal.
During the summit, they shared success case studies and discussed future initiatives to promote greater business and information exchange.
“The PRG Alliance is praised by our clients and the market in general. What started with a recognition of PRG partners three years ago, today is a substantial network of remarkable companies – and the largest resource pool of knowledge, qualified professionals and inventory in the world,” said Tom Van Hemelryck, director of PRG Alliance and PRG’s CEO Central Europe.
“We invited the lighting and video designers from The Voice Portugal, Marco Silva and Ricardo Maia, who shared their experience of using PRG’s proprietary products, Bad Boy moving lights and MBox media server, for the TV show,” continues Van Hemelryck.
The summit provided the opportunity to welcome the newest addition to the group, Gil Teichman - the largest audiovisual provider in Israel. The company has been active for over two decades, leading the field of concept creation, designing and executing audiovisual syste

presse-prolight-2017-10jpgprolight--sound-2017PL+S: Software success for MA Lighting
Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Germany - MA’s latest software releases, grandMA2 3.3 and dot2 1.3 received considerable attention and praise at the recent Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt. It was the same for the MA Network Switch that was equally well received and highlighted the importance of network control.
dot2 version 1.3. will allow users to work even faster and more intuitively than before. Web remote access, more master speed fader, increased effects functionality, high priority playbacks and many more enhancements are now incorporated.
New software, version 3.3 for MA Lighting’s renowned grandMA2 lighting control solution, features numerous updates. A major step in keeping the fixture libraries updated is the new online MA Fixture Share which is unlocked with this latest software version. Another huge development is the fully re-worked partial show read functionality, as well as the new modes of DMX output function for the xPort Nodes, plus Offset for Pan/Tilt.
Furthermore, the MA VPU (Video Processing Unit) now has a completely reworked Warper functionality including pixel-exact U/V mapping and a snapshot / masking tools.
The MA Network Switch offers a simple solution for all types of networks. It uses all the entertainment industry protocols and makes the network management easier for users without specialist networking experience. The MA Network Switch is perfect for complex networks as well as for permanent installations and temporary projects.
(Jim Evans)

Sennheiser and Neumann showcase at NAB 2017
Monday, 10 April 2017

USA - Audio technology for productions of any scale – this is what Sennheiser and Neumann will showcase at their joint booth (C2213) at NAB. An innovative range of products is ready to support professional audio capture at every level, whether visitors are producing movies or focusing on mobile journalism. The booth also features solutions for radio and TV studios, for fully immersive virtual reality productions, and even for personal use, with the MKE 2 elements action microphone for GoPro HERO4 cameras.
“Production technology today spans a wide range of applications, and therefore so does the audio technology Sennheiser and Neumann are showcasing,” explains Achim Gleissner, commercial manager, broadcast and media, at Sennheiser. “Whether you’re making a big-budget movie or filming a tutorial for your YouTube channel – a great audio solution will be at your fingertips at our NAB stand.”
The booth is divided into a number of areas to best showcase the breadth of solutions that Sennheiser and Neumann offer.
The Filmset area of the booth introduces visitors to the new Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless system and the EK 6042 two-channel camera receiver, in addition to the Sennheiser MKH series shotgun microphones.
A typical audio desk has been recreated in the ‘OB van’ section. Neumann monitors, such as the KH 120 active studio monitor and the new KH 80 DSP nearfield studio monitor feature alongside Sennheiser’s 6000 series rack receivers.
In Radio World, visitors can try out a selection of Neumann microphones includi

flare-rayzr-mockup-v1-color-mediumPL+S: Latest Solaris Flares make debut
Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - Making their first appearance at Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, the Flare Q+ Rayzr and Flare Q+ Dynamic White are the latest innovations in the Solaris Flare range of LED fixtures.
The Flare Q+ Rayzr is a super-slim blade of ultra-bright light and colour, available in 50 and 100 cm lengths. It provides Flare brightness, colours, and features in a single row of RGBW LEDs. Various mounting options are available for end-to-end alignment, hanging, wall-mounting, and pipe attachment.
Also introduced at Frankfurt, the new Flare Q+ Dynamic White offers variable colour temperature output from 2,000 to 10,000 Kelvin, with a CRI of 90+ throughout most of the CT range. Like all Flares, it is crazy bright, and features the Flare’s world-class dimming, smoothness, and flicker-free performance.
Q+ Technology is an exciting innovation recently introduced and now standard in the entire Solaris Flare product range: Flare Q+, Flare Q+ Linear, Flare Q+ Rayzr, and Flare Q+ Dynamic White. This LED driver technology maximizes LED output for “unprecedented brightness”, while also optimizing LED temperatures for long term reliability. Representing a significant leap forward in LED fixture design, Q+ Technology performance is available in the popular 96-LED Flare Q+, as well as the 108-LED Linear format and the 18- or 36-LED Rayzr.
Flare IP RGBW outdoor wash fixtures are also available in single-head High Definition (HD) and single- or dual-head High Reach (HR) models, available with integrated or remote power supplies.
(Jim Evans)

barcoBarco gets its show on the road
Monday, 10 April 2017

Europe Visualization expert Barco has kicked off a two-month roadshow throughout Europe. The objective: to demonstrate the power of Barco 4K projection technology and 4K image processing. Departing from Barco’s head office in Kortrijk, the Barco truck first headed for Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt. From there, it will be crisscrossing Europe until mid-June, visiting around 45 partner and customer events.
Barco’s product offering for events and venues is constantly reaching new heights to meet the market need for ever-brighter outcomes. If it comes to ensuring really bright images, 4K projection – together with 4K image processing – is just the ticket.
To show its 4K solutions at work and encourage real interaction with customers and partners, Barco decided to tour Europe. Visitors to the Barco truck will discover the power of Barco’s 4K laser projectors and its Event Master family of 4K image management systems. On some locations, at the outside of the truck, Barco will showcase how its R10 digital media canvas is flexible, yet bright at the same time.
One of the stars of the tour is Barco’s UDX large venue projector, which was launched just last week. The UDX is a fine example of customer-centric development: before designing the projector, Barco talked to customers, gauging what they expect from a large venue projector. Easy shipment, setup and maintenance, vivid colours, flexible brightness and resolution and compatibility with existing TLD lenses were the top requirements. The new 4K laser phosphor UDX projector ticks all the boxes. <

adjPL+S: ADJ extends Entour series
Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - At this year’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt, ADJ officially unveiled three new additions to its Entour series of professional atmospheric effect generators. The company used its large stand at this significant international industry event to showcase the full range of production-calibre ADJ moving head fixtures – incorporating spot, wash, beam, and hybrid models – as well as the AV Series of modular LED video panels in a stunning lightshow.
Due to the popularity of the initial two products in the ADJ Entour series – the Entourage touring faze machine and Entour Venue installation faze machine – the company is expanding the range with three new products. These new units are the Entour Haze Pro, a professional oil based haze machine; the Entour Cyclone, a high-power DMX-controlled fan; and the Entour Snow, a powerful synthetic snow machine.
The 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 impressive output of 3,000 cubic ft. per minute. This allows large, outdoor stages and venues to be easily and quickly filled with lightshow-enhancing haze whenever it is required. The Entour Haze Pro oil based haze hangs in the air longer than the Faze Machines and features an easy to read LED function display, with built-in timer, and is also fitted with both 3-pin and 5-pin XLR sockets allowing DMX control with a choice of 1-, 2-, and 4-channel modes.
Designed for spreading fog, as well as providing theatrical wind effects, the new ADJ Entour Cyclone is a versati

robe-prolight-2017-team-pro040900526PL+S: Robe hits the highspots
Monday, 10 April 2017

Germany - Czech lighting manufacturer Robe lighting enjoyed another successful Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, taking the opportunity to launch their new German subsidiary, Robe Deutschland GmbH; showcasing 10 new inventive and interesting products and creating another serious showspace for visitors to the annual expo.
People packed into the stand right from the moment the show opened on Tuesday morning to the final hour on Friday afternoon. Business was brisk, the new company announcement caused an industry-wide stir, deals were completed and people also enjoyed the networking and communication opportunities, together with great vibes and traditional Czech hospitality.
CEO Josef Valchar commented, “I know I have said this for at least the last five years after Frankfurt, but once again, the show was incredible for us! It exceeded all our expectations – and they were high to start with! All the right ingredients and dynamics – including, most importantly, the people - combined to create a highly effective space for presenting our brand and the whole ‘Robe experience’.”
(Jim Evans)

simontibble-1CT’s Simon Tibble passes away
Friday, 7 April 2017

China - Simon Tibble, managing director of Creative Technology in Shanghai has passed away,
CT paid tribute: “We are shocked and saddened to announce that Simon Tibble, managing director of CT in Shanghai passed away suddenly earlier this week.
Simon leaves his wife Brooke and four children Samuel, Emma Jane, Jamie and Olivia. Our thoughts and sympathies are with them all.
Simon was a dedicated and unflappable character that will be sorely missed by all those to have met, worked or socialised with him over the years. Simon’s career in the event industry spanned 40 years including time in the UK and six years building CT’s Shanghai operation.”
A JustGiving page has been set up by friends of Simon to help raise money for his daughter's education.
(Jim Evans)

hawthornHawthorn helps M&IT Awards celebrate
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - The UK event industry’s biggest recognition ceremony, The M&IT Awards, returned to Battersea Evolution on 3 March 2017, celebrating 30 years of Conference & Travel Publications. For the fifth year running, Hawthorn designed and delivered full technical production for the largest networking event in the event industry’s calendar.
Organised by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the annual awards bring together agency and association organisers and suppliers, from the UK and overseas, to recognise excellence of service and product within the industry. Themed around ‘pearl’ in a nod to the 30th anniversary of CAT Publications, Hawthorn created a production design that captured the glitz and glamour of the occasion.
Guests entering the reception were met with an impressive display of projected logo strips, projected on with two Christie 10k Projectors and mapped in the Avolites Ai S8 server, and twelve PATT 2013 fixtures. The PATT2013’s surrounded the strips with a slow, dim twinkle, adding some eye-candy upon walk in. Alpha 700 spots were also used to give some movement to the reception space.
Briefed to create a super-wide screen at the rear of the stage, the team used four Christie 14K projectors to create a two-projector blend that measured 12m wide by 3.75m high. This displayed ‘pearl’ themed custom content, designed and created in-house by Hawthorn.
The lighting for evening also embraced the event’s opulence, with the main stage using a selection of Martin MAC Viper Profile and Rush Par2 fixtures. Sh

echos-end-1White Light reaches Echo’s End in Salisbury
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UK - Currently playing at the Salisbury Playhouse, Echo’s End tells the story of a young couple in 1915 Wilshire who find themselves caught up in the turmoil of troubled times. It is written by award-winning playwright and novelist Barney Norris, directed by Alice Hamilton and features a lighting design by Howard Hudson. White Light was called upon to provide the equipment.
Echo’s End marks Howard’s fifth production at the Salisbury Playhouse. He comments, “Salisbury is a great venue and this is a brilliant new play that tells a story about that part of the world. The entire play is set outside on the Salisbury Plain, so one of the main requirements was to achieve a sense of natural light and the epic undulating scale of that area at different times of day.”
As with most of his designs, Howard had to work closely alongside the set design, which in this case reflected outdoor Wiltshire. He adds, “A major element of Tom Rogers’ design was a 14-metre-wide printed cloud cyc at the back of the stage which allowed us to create a wide variety of different looks for the eight scenes, ranging from dull, clement overcast grey days, to strong, deep saturated sunsets. This was also useful for the transitions between scenes as it provided a really great and varied backdrop for the company to be silhouetted against.”
Prior to the production opening, Howard visited WL’s Wimbledon base where he was able to experiment with a range of fixtures before adding them to his rig. He comments, “WL were very helpful in letting me come down

wavesPL+S: DiGiCo and Waves announce integration
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - DiGiCo and Waves have announced a new method of integration that will allow users to maximize the potential for additional new features on both the Waves and SD platforms.
DiGiCo SD consoles will be able to integrate with a Waves Multirack system, which is running on an external PC, while maintaining the high level of integration both companies’ clients have come to rely on.
This integration will continue to use the low latency Waves I/O interface built into SD consoles for audio routing and will also include the existing standard session, snapshot and plug-in control for advance, faster and smooth show control and automation. The integration will allow the use of Waves latest and most advanced plug-ins to expand the engineer’s sonic options.
Further enhanced control implementation is being planned, allowing users to take full advantage of both platforms and their combined functionality. This will allow both Waves and DiGiCo to provide an even better user experience as both Waves and SD console upgrades continue.
"Waves and DiGiCo have been working together since 2010 to accommodate and enhance our customers’ and users’ workflow,” says Waves VP Mick Olesh. “The enablement of this new integration further demonstrates our effective cooperation, providing the user with new tools, more control, advanced networking and state-of-the-art sonic excellence.”
(Jim Evans)

think-avs-remco-van-der-werff-with-funktion-ones-tony-andrews-2PL+S: Think! AV invests in Funktion-One Vero
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Dutch company, Think! AV, has updated its stock of audio equipment with the addition of a new Vero sound system. It comes ahead of a hectic summer period for the company, which has enjoyed considerable growth over the last five years.
Vero by Funktion-One is a vertically arrayable sound system which delivers point source sound for live and touring applications, while utilising the deployment advantages of a vertical array.
Think! AV’s owner, Remco van der Werff, said, “We’ve provided sound for some incredible events here in The Netherlands and that increasingly involves a Vero system that we’ve been hiring in up until now. Event organisers love Vero and audiences do too, so it makes complete sense for us to have our own system and push Think! AV on to the next level at the same time.”
Vero is a large format touring sound system. It is a complete system – featuring loudspeakers, amplification, rigging and software – that combines outstanding sonic performance and ease of use. Its vertical format means it is designed for the ergonomic expectations of modern touring environments, yet its audio quality and efficiency is unprecedented. Vero is a new type of system that comes from a new approach to tour sound.
The Vero range features five highly-efficient, low distortion horn-loaded loudspeakers – the V60 mid-high, V90 mid-high and V315 mid-bass with a choice of V221 or V132 bass. The V60s, V90s and V315s all have identical dimensions enabling them to be flown in the same vertical array. The ground stacked V221 or V132 bass

martin-audio-launch-imagePL+S: Martin Audio stages mega launch
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - At this year’s Prolight + Sound Show in Frankfurt, Martin Audio unveiled an ambitious line up of 10 new products across multiple categories including Line Arrays, Stage Monitors and Amplifiers.
First up was the Wavefront Precision Series, a new generation of multipurpose line arrays designed to bring Martin Audio’s signature sound, coverage consistency and control to a broader range of touring applications, installations and budgets. Comprising the WPC (2 x 10” LF) and WPM (2 x 6.5” LF), Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed as complete systems with the newly announced external iKON multi-channel amplifiers optimised by Martin Audio’s automated DISPLAY software.
Adopting the principle of scalable resolution, with external, dedicated multi-channel amplifiers, Wavefront Precision line arrays are designed to be uniquely flexible, upgradeable and financially accessible.
Dom Harter, managing director, explained further, “Martin Audio’s MLA Series remains the definitive optimised array technology in the market place today, offering customers both the hard avoid feature (the ability to limit coverage in a zone by as much as 30dB) and the patented ability to optimise against multiple target functions - such as frequency response, SPL gradient and leakage, which no other competitor product can.
“But the MLA family consists of fixed resolution systems and what we wanted to do with Wavefront Precision was to introduce a solution whereby customers could have a flexible and scalable approach to resolution and control of cov

adamson-1PL+S: Adamson confirms major expansion
Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Germany - Adamson Systems Engineering is now officially operating out of its recently expanded, 40,000 sq. ft. Canadian headquarters in Port Perry, ON. Full details were outlined at a press conference at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt.
Driven by three years of rapid growth, the new expansion will allow Adamson to meet the increased demand of its growing sales network. While the new addition has been dedicated entirely to production and R&D, the original facility has also been revamped to shape the future of research, product development, and education.
Along with the architectural improvements, Adamson has also invested heavily in machinery and manufacturing technologies to guarantee efficient production of performance loudspeaker systems in Canada. These include new CNC routers, milling machines, and semi-automated production lines, all aimed at maintaining Adamson’s status as an industry-leading innovator.
"This significant investment in infrastructure positions Adamson to continue manufacturing all components and key technologies in Canada,” says president and CEO Brock Adamson. “Vertical onsite integration, from raw iron to finished loudspeakers, allows our engineering teams to prototype real world products faster and deliver products that are not limited in performance through priorities set by third party suppliers. The elimination of outsourcing ensures the protection of our intellectual property and maintains the secrecy surrounding certain proprietary manufacturing processes.”
The expansion is directly correlated to Adamson

neal-preston-exhibition-frankfurt-copy-smlShowlight 2017 – Full programmes confirmed
Monday, 3 April 2017

Italy - The mainstay of the Showlight quadrennial is its Speaker Programme where illustrious professionals are gleaned from lighting disciplines across the world to educate and entertain, and generally have a very good time networking with other lighting enthusiasts from across the industry. The Speaker Programme has now been finalised and a full list of speakers can be viewed on line at This will also be useful to those delegates/Day Ticket holders who can only spare a day or two when choosing which days to attend.
A special feature amongst the regular programme of events at Showlight 2017 will be the Neal Preston photographic exhibition, In the Eye of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hurricane from the Lightpower Collection.
Neal Preston is one of the most outstanding photographers of the Rock ‘n’ Roll live and documentary genre with a career spanning more than 40 years. During this time he has built up the most extensive body of work in R ’n’ R history photographing rock gods from Alice Cooper to Frank Zappa, and Led Zeppelin to Queen. This exhibition shows more than 70 of Preston’s pictures and memorabilia from his career.
All proceeds from Lightpower Collection sales go to Behind the Scenes ( and Backup (, foundations that provide relief for event technicians in need.
Monday afternoons at Showlight have always been the time to explore the host city and Florence is blessed with a wealth of cultural gems which have inspired creative minds for centuries.

Registration opens for Vectorworks Design Summit
Thursday, 30 March 2017

USA - Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the third annual Vectorworks Design Summit from 18-20 September 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in MD.
The conference includes three days of industry sessions, tech support, networking events and inspiring keynotes, as well as hands-on training opportunities to arm designers with the resources to improve their company’s bottom line.
“The Vectorworks Design Summit is the most efficient and cost-effective way to obtain software training,” said Nicole Davison, vice-president of sales at Vectorworks. “Based on feedback from our community of designers, this year’s event boasts even more lab-style training sessions and one-on-one tech support, along with multiple accredited speaking sessions by industry thought leaders. We’re always looking for more opportunities to make designers’ jobs easier and help them grow their skills.”
The agenda includes plenty of networking events, like the exhibitor happy hour and the Customer Appreciation Dinner, as well as all the lunches and breaks between sessions. In addition, there will be two keynotes and more than 30 sessions led by industry experts, like Greg Henderson, founder of Arx Pax Labs, Inc.; Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC; Bryan Goff, director of design and sciences at Grey Leaf Design, Inc.; and Todd McCurdy, vice-president at Huitt-Zollars.
Session and training topics span a variety of

center-stageprolightsoundElation Lights on Musikmesse Center Stage
Thursday, 30 March 2017

Germany - After seeing the latest Elation Professional lighting products at Stand F60/61 in Hall 4 at the upcoming Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt, visitors will be able to see a full complement of Elation products will be featuring at the Musikmesse Center Stage venue, where bands will perform and product demos will take place over the course of the fair.
Leading international provider of event and media technology, satis&fy, is supplying the technical equipment for Center Stage, including the sound and lighting equipment, and will be operating the consoles at FOH. The Center Stage presents an excellent opportunity for visitors of Prolight+Sound to see for themselves some of the real-world possibilities with Elation lighting.
The Center Stage rig will be mostly made up of Elation lights and will include a complementary mix of 26 Platinum FLX hybrid moving heads, 28 x SixBar series LED battens, 10 ACL 360 Matrix LED moving head panels, eight DTW Blinder 700 IP variable white LED blinders, four Protron 3K LED strobes and four Protron 3K Color LED strobes.
Music of all kinds will be presented on stage from rock, pop, jazz and folk to classical with some of the highlights to include performances by Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey, guitarist Steve Stevens, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra Frankfurt.
(Jim Evans)

pearce-hire-winPearce Hire goes for gold in power supply
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

UK - Pearce Hire had good cause to celebrate earlier this month with a winning week at two prestigious industry awards ceremonies. For the third year running, Pearce Hire was shortlisted at the Total Production Awards 2017 for Favourite Power Supply Company and whilst they were unsuccessful in being announced the winner, Pearce Hire was proud to have been nominated, shortlisted, and recognised for their work.
Later the same week, Pearce Hire was once more in the spotlight having been shortlisted at the 2017 Event Production Awards for Green Supplier of the Year and Best Temporary Supplier of the Year. These important awards for the live and outdoor events industry saw Pearce Hire crowned winners of the Best Temporary Supplier Award, with a Highly Commended in the Green Supplier of the Year category.
“We are extremely proud of our award,” comments Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire. “It has been a long time coming, and full credit must go to the dedicated team at Pearce Hire for their continuing hard work which has resulted in this award, and will, I hope, see further accolades in the future.”
Pearce Hire provides temporary power and services to dozens of events around the UK each year, and, with a notable increase in festival work over the past 12 months their expertise in temporary power provision has never been more in demand.
Pearce Hire powers a range of long-standing clients including Lovebox Festival, Forestry Commission Summer tour, the Cambridge Folk Festival and a number of classic proms and beer festivals; whilst an increasing

philipsPL+S: Philips Lighting set to rock Frankfurt
Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Germany - Philips Lighting is gearing up for Europe's biggest entertainment technology expo, Prolight + Sound, where it will launch new stage and studio lighting products as well as showcase recent releases.
The new products will be incorporated into the lighting design for the stand, which will transform into a stage for a performance from Dutch rock band TOM on Tuesday 4 April between 6pm and 10pm. The group sees a line-up of the original members of popular Dutch group The Marshalls, formed in 1995 (TOM stands for The Original Marshalls), who are well known on the European festival scene, in particular the infamous Zwartecross motorcross festival.
New products launching on the Philips Entertainment Lighting stand:
Philips Vari-Lite VLZ. The first in a new range of spot, profile and wash luminaires from the iconic product line, the Philips Vari-Lite VLZ utilises the latest high output white LED sources to produce a staggering 25,000 lumens projected from a 180mm (7") front lens.
Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx. The larger version of the popular Philips Showline SL BEAM 300fx, the new Philips Showline SL BEAM 500fx offers designers exceptional output from its 37 RGBW LEDs whilst being fast, quiet and extremely versatile.
Philips Showline SL BAR 720ZT. The new, high performance linear wash and effect luminaire offers designers smooth and seamless washes of color from studio to stage.
Philips Showline SL SUNLED 10. Suitable for studio environments, the fixture's ten cells of fixed white LEDs deliver a blended wash of warm white light

alcons-packshotPL+S: Alcons schedules double debut
Thursday, 23 March 2017

Germany - Prolight+Sound sees Alcons Audio previewing two new products for the first time, as well hosting an off-side demonstration and observing its annual tradition of showing its latest development ideas and studies, marking the direction that Alcons product portfolio will be heading in the foreseeable future.
The new products being previewed are a wide-dispersion version of the LR28 larger format line array and an extension of the QR24 series, the company’s modular high-output line-source column.
In a development which will be of interest to larger live productions and festivals, the 110° horizontal dispersion LR28/110 is designed as an extension of the existing three-way, 80° dispersion LR28/80. Featuring the same faceprint down-fill and components (two 14” woofers, four 6.5” midrange and a RBN1402rsr pro-ribbon driver) on a 110° waveguide, the LR28/110 is powered and controlled by four channels of the Sentinel10 amplified loudspeaker controller. Like the LR28/80, it has a rigging system that enables angle-setting on the cabinets without lifting the array, resulting in safer and faster set-up with minimal handling.
Alcons is also showing its new extension of the QR24 series modular high-output line-source column. Designed for acoustically challenging venues, the QR24 delivers high output and razor sharp dispersion control, without the need for active beam steering.
Another highlight of Alcons presence at Prolight+Sound 2017 will be an off-site demonstration of the LR18 line array, RR12 point source array and QR24. This takes pla

plugfest-2012Plugfest 2017: PLASA Technical Resources in action
Wednesday, 22 March 2017

UK - The European RDM and sACN Developers Conference and Plugfest for 2017 will take place Wednesday 26 through Friday 28 April, in the UK, at Gatwick Manor, London Road at Lowfield Heath, just south of Gatwick Airport.
The Developers Conference provides a European forum for manufacturers, designers, consultants and prospective users; and aims to ensure that the adoption of standards achieves the desired levels of interoperability and reliability. Conference sessions will cover the understanding, implementation and use of the published E1.20, E1.37-1 and E137-2 RDM standards.
Other projects in the current ESTA Technical Standards Program such as “E1.33 : RDMnet” and the E1.37-5 and E137-4 extensions will also feature. Updates on Art-Net and RDM will also feature.
The Plugfest is a hands-on opportunity for product developers to try out their hardware and code implementations with products from a variety of other manufacturers, with support from their industry peers in an environment that encourages co-operation and improved understanding of the standards, and with the aim of achieving high levels of interoperability.
Typically, engineers participate in these events with the ability to code and debug aspects of their implementations on site, sometimes retreating to their hotel rooms to craft improvements before returning to the Plugfest to continue testing.
The sessions, despite their apparent informality, can be a valuable opportunity to learn how not to make the same mistakes, or misguided assumptions, as others may have done. Speci

clairplslogocomboPL+S: Clair Brothers reveal design innovations
Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Germany - Clair Brothers is to launch “several unique design innovations” at Prolight + Sound 2017 (Booth 3.1, E37).
Following the evolution and success Clair Brothers started with the C15 large format line array cabinet, the company will officially announce the launch of the C12 and C8 line array products. The C12 and C8 are available with Clair True Fit Technology horizontal waveguides custom tailored for any specific venue.
The C12 and C8 also feature a new transducer technology that offers two solid benefits. One is significant weight reduction, the other a reduction in amplifier channel requirements. These new features come with zero technical trade-offs. In fact, these features enhance the ability for the line array to be digitally beam-steered in the vertical plane with F.I.R. processing, says the company. The C12, a double 12-inch format line array, and the C8, a double 8” line array, share the benefit that both can be ordered with a variety of horizontal waveguide patterns. Standard factory waveguides will be 90º and 120º, but a range of waveguides between 60º and 140º are also available.
“We’re continuing the trend of a growing portfolio loaded with strong high-performance products following last year’s debut of so many others,” confirms Josh Sadd, vice president and chief engineer for Clair Brothers.
Frankfurt will also see the launch of the newest addition to the One Series line – The 1.5AM+ – the active (self-powered) version of the 1.5AM monitor.
Says Sadd, “It features a similar amplifier module to


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