Events News

right-light-panelsALD shines a light on The Right Light
Thursday, 16 March 2017

UK - The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), in conjunction with Royal Central Research, is hosting an afternoon of talks and panel discussions at Bankside (Central Bankside, Emerson St. SE1 9DU – Saturday 8 April, 2017 – 2pm) to celebrate the warm reception of Nick Moran’s recently published book, The Right Light (Palgrave 2016).
The Right Light documents the findings of Royal Central’s Nick Moran’s project, which asked such questions as ‘How do top theatre lighting designers decide what is the right light for each moment of a live performance?’, ‘How much of the process is technical?’, ‘How much craft? And ‘How much art?’ Answers to these questions, gleaned through interviews with 19 leading UK based lighting designers, form the basis data for this fascinating research study.
The event, introduced by Peter Mumford, multi-award-winning LD and director, and chair of the ALD, features some of the lighting designers involved. In attendance to bring engaging discussions from the book to life, will be:
Lucy Carter, a long-term collaborator with Wayne McGregor and others;
Michael Hulls, whose creative collaborations with Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan among others won him an Olivier for outstanding contribution to dance;
Mark Jonathan, some-time head of lighting at the National Theatre and international opera lighting designer;
Johanna Town, whose beautiful work, particularly for drama, has been seen on stages all over the UK and Europe;
Paul Pyant, who won the Olivier for best lighti

bts-raffle-crowdLong Reach Long Riders raise funds at USITT
Thursday, 16 March 2017

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) celebrated their upcoming ride through Southern California with a raffle and live auction to benefit Behind the Scenes during the USITT Conference in St. Louis last week.
Sales of raffle tickets, some key donations, and sales of BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised over $15,000 for the charity. The LRLR 2017 ride, dubbed the Avocado Adventure, starts on 16 June in Escondido, CA. The riders cover all their own expenses so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at
Festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and USITT executive director David Grindle and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners InCord (Orchestra Pit Safety Netting Systems) and ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices) presented cheques from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included a custom pen/screwdriver and a seam ripper created by Shan and Trish Ayers and two special ghostlight desk lamps created by Bob Scales.
Just a few minutes before the raffle started Bill Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last minute ticket sales. There was a flurry of activity as the crowd stepped up and made Bill pay out the full amount. Reid Neslage from H&H Specialties stepped up with another $1,000 to triple the amount.
The winners and their prizes are:
Grand Prize, Vectorworks Spotlight with Renderworks won Roger Bardwell
BTS Ghostlig

audio-women-for-iwdISCEx 2017 “a great success”
Wednesday, 15 March 2017

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers (ISCE) reports increased attendance and much enthusiasm for its annual exhibition and seminar day, ISCEx 2017, a one-day event held at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme was preceded by the Institute’s annual general meeting and networking dinner events, held the previous day.
The ISCEx 2017 seminar programme was kicked off by Alberto Fueyo, Acoustic Engineer from AMS Acoustics highlighting the technical considerations required when designing PA/ VA sound systems with digital amplifiers and in particular the expected maximum sound pressure levels (SPL) compared to those traditionally experienced with analogue amplifiers.
The second seminar of the day, presented by Dr Peter Mapp, required the drafting of additional seating for an enlarged audience and encouraged lots of participation as Dr Mapp embarked on demonstrating acoustic side effects of ultrasonic PA system monitoring, highlighting examples with researched data, real-life scenarios and live demonstrations.
Dr Gillian Rollason, Social Policy Manager for Action on Hearing Loss (the charity formerly known as the RNID) concluded the day’s seminars presenting a hot topic entitled, Taking Noise off the Menu - Changing the acoustic environment for diners in commercial settings. Once again audience participation proved to be lively around this highly emotive topic.
Jim Gilroy, Protec Fire Detection comments: “Dr Peter Mapp’s presentation was a hig

lightconverseheschallengeLightconverse and High End Lighting Challenge 2017
Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Germany - To mark the third year running of the Lightconverse and High End Systems Lighting Challenge, and to celebrate the past years' imaginative entries, the organisers have decided to sweeten the pot by adding the brand-new Lightconverse Tools 2017 to the four-level Prize Pool this year. The theme is ‘Inventive and original as always!’.
The contest entry deadline is 1 April 2017. The winners will be announced on 6 April at the Prolight+Sound trade show in Frankfurt Germany (Hall 3, Level 0, Booth E90).
First prize is the High End HedgeHog 4X console and Lightconverse Trace (with special one year upgrade to Lightconverse Unlimited) plus Lightconverse Tool 2017.
Follow this link for full rules and to enter the contest:
(Jim Evans)

showlightvittorioShowlight 2017: Exhibitor spaces Sold Out
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Italy - The tenth Showlight quadrennial, the full speaker programme for which was announced last month, takes place in less than three months (20-23 May) at the Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, Italy. It is with delight we report that all exhibitor spaces have sold out - we even managed to squeeze in a few more due to popular demand! The latest exhibitors to be welcomed on board are AED, Elation Professional BV, PRG, SGM and Music & Lights. The full list of confirmed exhibitors can be found on the Showlight website at
Exhibitors are a vital part of Showlight’s winning formula where manufacturers, distributors and lighting practitioners, from all disciplines and levels of expertise, are in the enviable position of being able to discuss ideas in a much closer, more relaxed environment than that offered by large scale tradeshows.
Showlight’s exhibition is held in the foyer that encircles the auditorium of the Villa Vittoria in the Palazzo dei Congressi. All companies are allocated the same size shell scheme to ensure everyone is on an even footing, regardless of the size of the company! Uniquely, the exhibition closes while the papers sessions are in progress, so the exhibitors can also listen to the presentations and enjoy full participation in the conference. Delegates will be able to chat to manufacturers during the morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunchtimes when the exhibition is open.
Each exhibitor sponsors a lighting st

ald-showlight-bursaries-press-releaseALD bestows Showlight bursaries
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Europe - Showlight 2017, the quadrennial lighting symposium, this year hosted in Florence, Italy, is fast approaching. To ensure plenty of time for bookings to be made, the ALD has bestowed bursaries upon three of its professional members.
The bursaries, awarded to Ric Mountjoy, Sherry Coenen and Sandy McRobbie, contribute to the costs of attending the event, such as registration, travel and accommodation and encourage those lighting practitioners to attend, who may not otherwise be able to take time out from a busy schedule.
Supporting its members for the fourth time in this way, entries for the Showlight Bursary Scheme were judged by members of the executive committee and assessed on the applicants’ reasons for attendance as well as how they intend to report on the event for Focus, the ALD membership magazine.
Showlight chairman, John Allen, highlights the importance of Showlight 2017 for all lighting professionals: “Showlight is always a unique event and in Florence, we are blessed with a city which has a truly magnificent history, surrounding you as you walk from the Duomo to the Palazzo Vecchio, the Baptistry, the Ponte de Vecchio and the Pitti Palace.”
Underlining the direct industry benefits, he continues: “The speaker sessions, the small exhibition of 42 lighting companies and visits to theatres and other cultural centres in Florence are all vitally Showlight. Combine the opportunity to network with theatre consultants, other designers, equipment manufacturers, technicians and programmers from theatre, film and TV in a convi

cheltenham-racecoursePower Logistics wins racecourse renewal
Tuesday, 7 March 2017

UK - Power Logistics has won a competitive tender that sees its contract to deliver comprehensive temporary electrical distribution services and generator provision to several of The Jockey Club’s most prestigious racecourses extended for a further three years.
Having already successfully provided electrical distribution services and generators for four and three years respectively, Power Logistics’ track record, high levels of service, investment in equipment and competitive pricing structure have resulted in the contract extension.
The contract encompasses generator hire, design, consultancy, installation, maintenance and de-rig for all The Jockey Club’s temporary power requirements. Power Logistics will continue to provide generators, cabling and distribution equipment and lighting solutions to service catering, trading, display and betting areas at many of The Jockey Club’s flagship events. These include Cheltenham’s Open and Gold Cup; Aintree’s Randox Health Grand National and The Investec Derby at Epsom.
Mike Whitehouse, managing director at Power Logistics said, “We were incredibly proud to secure our first contract with The Jockey Club, so to have it extended for a further three years is a fantastic endorsement of our services and underlines the excellent job that our experienced team of project managers and crew are doing out in the field. Over the last four years we have significantly invested in our fleet, extended the team and committed to improving our carbon footprint, all of which has assisted in securing the contract

painting-with-light-panasonic-ise-2017-p85107411Painting With Light helps Panasonic at ISE
Friday, 3 March 2017

The Netherlands - International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their stand at the 2017 ISE (Integrated Systems Europe) expo at Amsterdam RAI.
Painting with Light’s creative director Luc Peumans initiated the idea of simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects. It was a mission for which no-one could calculate a potential success rate in the confined and frenetic space of an exhibition booth.
Panasonic’s Hartmut Kulessa and Thomas Vertommen, both in charge of the Visual Systems Marketing, first asked the question which fired Luc’s love for creative risk and experimentation - setting a trail of events in motion. “Luc’s vision and determination plus the unwavering support from Hartmut and Thomas were real driving forces,” confirms Michael Al Far, Painting with Light’s video content producer who was right at the hub of the action.
Luc's concept for the show was that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. His hand-picked team included Michael as the visual designer and Painting with Light's project manager Wouter Verhulst - who worked on delivering this exciting and exacting collaboration which produced stunning results that illustrated the power and versatility of the new super high brightness Panasonic PT-RZ31 31,000 lumen laser projector and the newly launched PT-RZ21 laser projector with 20,000 lumens.
The show combined imagination, humour and interactive live performance with several cool t

kinesys-digihoistKinesys to exhibit at USITT 2017
Thursday, 2 March 2017

USA - Motion control specialist and manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit for the first time in its own right at a US trade show during the three-day USITT 2017 stage expo in St. Louis, Missouri, from 9-11 March.
Stand 1404 will focus on two of the leading brand’s most popular product ranges, DigiHoist intelligent motor controllers and the Libra range of load monitoring equipment, as well as highlighting Elevation vari-speed chain hoists which will interest those looking for more advanced automation systems.
David Bond of Kinesys USA comments: “The North American market is currently expanding for us and we want to nurture this growth and reach out to more potential buyers, users and specifiers.”
He thinks that USITT is an ideal environment for meeting a diverse cross section of industry professionals working in the key sectors of theatre, performance, and the arts as well as a variety of venues. “First-hand communication is always invaluable, and our high expectations of what the USITT expo can deliver is based on thorough research,” he affirms.
While Kinesys is already well established in the concert touring and production rental segments, Bond believes that USITT attracts the perfect demographic to introduce the Kinesys brand to venue operation and creative theatrical professionals and students alike. The Kinesys booth will feature a truss structure similar to one of the training rigs set up at Kinesys USA’s HQ in Atlanta. The intention is to show a selection of physical products ‘in-situ’ which is much more interesting and infor

Careers initiative at Stage|Set|Scenery
Thursday, 2 March 2017

Germany - Technically oriented theatre, film and event careers are wíde-ranging and creative. This is something that the international trade show and conference Stage|Set|Scenery, which will take place from 20-22 June in Berlin, aims to take into account by organising a special programme for young professionals. The reason is a decline in young people learning technical skills, which has led to growing competition on the home and international employment market. This is where Stage|Set|Scenery will seize the opportunity to promote a dialogue between cultural institutions and the employees of the future.
Business colleges, universities and other professional training institutions will be represented in Hall 23. They include Akademie der Österreichischen Theatertechnischen Gesellschaft, Berufliche Schule Holz. Farbe. Textil, Beuth Hochschule für Technik in Berlin, DEAplus, DHBW Ravensburg, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, IECA Internationale Event- & Congress Akademie, the New Design University St. Pölten, Theaterakademie August Everding Studiengang Maskenbild – Theater und Film, as well as Oberstufenzentrum für Gestaltung, Wilhelm-Ostwald-Schule, whose trainees will paint a scene for the stage live in Hall 23.
Next door in Hall 22, on the stage area of A. Haussmann Theaterbedarf GmbH, interested trade visitors can try out their own skills with a brush. In the same hall international associations and institutions will provide information about career opportunities in Germany and abroad. In addition to personal career advice, talen

robe-tpi-awards-2017-tpi272313325Robe rocks TPi Awards 2017
Wednesday, 1 March 2017

UK - Almost 300 Robe lighting fixtures were used to illuminate the 2017 Total Production International (TPi) Awards produced by TPi Magazine and staged at Evolution in Battersea, central London on Monday night.
Robe used the opportunity of being in front of the entire industry to launch a brand new lighting fixture - the pixelPATT - featuring seven 30W RGBW LED multi-chips, one in the centre surrounded by a ring of six, housed in a super-slim and lightweight brushed metal frame - which extends Robe’s PATT range of elegant retro-styled light sources.
20 x pixelPATTs graced a spectacular lighting rig designed by Nathan Wan, together with other new fixtures including the Spiider LED wash beam and the Spikie, and favourites like Pointe, ColorStrobe and DL7 range profiles and fresnels.
The starting point for the lighting design was the shape of the screen / set created by FIX8Group.
A large V-shaped truss was at the centre of his idea, and this zig-zagged across the room maximising the headroom and the lateral space which was 40 metres wide, adding an architectural look and context that pulled the 1450 guests into the action with the lighting.
To get some height variation, 16 of the 20 x PixelPATTs were hung on drop arms off these V trusses, with another four flanking the stage each side on floor stands. The distinctive flower like shape was great eye and camera candy, and they became the signature look of this year’s show.
Another new piece of Robe technology was the Halo pixel ring, of which there were 42 in total fitted onto the

fifth-koia-s16vc453Nominations open for the landmark 10th Knight of Illumination Awards
Monday, 27 February 2017

UK – Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards is powering up in preparation for its luminous tenth anniversary event this September. Billed as the ultimate showcase of lighting and video design achievement in the UK, the Awards is already receiving outstanding nominations in lighting and video design as international creatives and industry supporters push to see their favourite works of 2016/17 take home a KOI sword this landmark year.
Work performed or broadcast between the 1st August 2016 and 31st June 2017 in the UK in the Awards’ Television and Concert Touring & Events categories is now eligible for nomination via the official KOI website Anyone is eligible to submit a show they feel worthy of recognition and lighting and video designers, including international designers who have worked on shows in the UK, are encouraged to self-nominate.
As with previous years, nominations for the Theatre category can only be submitted by the KOI judging panel. The Awards’ shortlists will be announced in August.
Lighting designer Tobias Rylander, who won a 2016 award for his design for The 1975, said: “Winning a KOI award gave me a huge feeling of accomplishment and provided me with invaluable recognition across the industry. As well as recognising designers, the Awards create a space where creatives can open conversations with manufacturers, production designers and developers of technical equipment and form professional connections across the sector.”
With a decade of bringing together lighting and vid

camp-cue-groupRegistration opens Monday for ETC’s Camp CUE
Thursday, 23 February 2017

USA - This summer marks the fourth CUE professional development conference hosted by ETC. This year, the biennial event will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, 21-23 July.
The CUE conference is designed for ETC end-users of all skill levels to gain knowledge that can be used in their careers. It also gives students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with the technology they’ll use when they enter the workforce.
This year’s theme reflects back to a time when many youngsters were shipped off for a week or two to summer camp. The Camp CUE programme features high-quality keynote speakers, three days of classes, and networking opportunities with industry peers and the ETC professionals behind the company’s award-winning products.
Classes include day-long tracks geared toward console programmers, lighting designers, educators, and technicians. For participants interested in a more diverse learning experience, there will be a selection of supplementary elective classes, covering a variety of topics, taking place on Saturday night and all-day Sunday. Additionally, ETC will host several exciting events and factory tours.
Registration for the conference will open on Monday, 27 February, with a special early-bird discount offered at launch. ETC will also offer several sponsorships – open to applicants from anywhere in the world – to help offset the cost of the conference, transportation and/or lodging.
More information about the CUE professional development conference can be found at
(Jim Evans)

amateimaginationavise2017loresImagination AV celebrates success with Amate Audio
Thursday, 23 February 2017

Europe - Imagination AV, the newly appointed Benelux distributor for Amate Audio, is counting the success of its exhibitor debut at ISE. The former rental company, taking its first confident steps into the distributor market, devoted its booth, in Hall 7, entirely to promotion of its newly acquired line of advanced engineered sound reinforcement systems from the Barcelona based sound company.
The move paid dividends for the Rotterdam-based distributor, in terms of a visually arresting booth and a clear sense of market focus. Imagination AV’s founder and general manager, Jason Lupgens, expresses his satisfaction, “As a public debut for Imagination AV and Amate Audio, ISE was a big success for us. Turning over our booth exclusively to Amate Audio was an opportunity to highlight the outstanding flagship products from the high-performance sound system manufacturer.
“Constant visitor traffic included booth existing clients, who already know us a rental agent for Amate, and prospective new clients; many of whom are now talking to us about spec’ing Amate Audio in tendering for upcoming projects. What we really like!”
Imagination is hosted a post-show Amate Audio showcase, Exerience NL, in the Rotterdam World Trade Centre. “Many of these people who showed real interest attended Experience NL, to hear the product actually perform. We know they are going to be very impressed.“
Amate Audio vice president and chief technical officer, Joan Amate, was in attendance throughout the show, and commented on its success for the brand: “Visitors o

leeds-1PLASA Focus Leeds show returns in May
Monday, 20 February 2017

UK - The popular PLASA Focus Leeds exhibition will return from 9 to 10 May to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. Free registration is now open for the show, which offers an unparalleled opportunity to discover the very latest technology for live events, installation, broadcast and AV, including the first UK opportunity to preview products from recent international launches.
Over 175 of the industry’s leading international brands will showcase their state of the art technology at the show, from lighting products from show sponsor Chauvet (stand P-20), to audio solutions from d&b audiotechnik (stand N-A24), Nexo (stand N-B02) and Sennheiser (stand R-B18), to rigging services from UK Rigging (stand R-C19), there promises to be something for everyone.
For those interested in developing their professional development, PLASA’s industry leading seminar programme will return to Leeds, with sessions focussed on topics affecting the audio, lighting, video and rigging sectors. The two-day programme will include a mixture of presentations, technical demonstrations and panel discussions, designed to help build industry knowledge and develop practical skills.
PLASA Focus Leeds is the only show in the North of England which delivers this combination of world-class brands and expert-led seminar sessions, coupled with the opportunity to develop business connections with over 2,500 visitors.
Chris Toulmin, director of PLASA Events comments: “PLASA Focus Leeds is very much regarded in the industry as a show to keep you up-to-date with the latest dev

eps-2016-standTriple E offers a ModTruss future at London’s EPS
Monday, 20 February 2017

UK – Triple E, the exclusive European distributor of the ‘universal construction system’ ModTruss, is showcasing the award-winning product at this year’s Event Production Show in London. The company will exhibit the lightweight aluminium truss system, which offers practically limitless configurations and applications, on Stand F58E at London’s Olympia on 1-2 March.
Often described as 'full-size Meccano' by its users, ModTruss won Engineering Product of the Year at the ABTT Theatre Awards in 2015. It has been gaining prominence in the UK and European markets after being exclusively distributed by Triple E.
ModTruss was once again utilised at the SuperBowl, this time at the SuperBowl LI in Houston in February, where it was used to build 12 structures throughout the SuperBowl City, Practice Facility and inside the NRG Stadium.
In Europe, it has already been the choice product in many prestigious locations, most notably at the Royal Opera House in London and Deutsche Oper in Berlin.
“ModTruss is gaining momentum in the event world and our ability to build pop-up theatres and structures makes our presence at the Event Production Show essential,” says Triple E’s managing director, David Edelstein. "The industry has become increasingly excited about the possibilities of ModTruss. Its power to truly change the way we approach set building, design, machinery fabrication and even complete building structures is phenomenal. Come and see for yourself.”
(Jim Evans)

d&b highlights interoperability at ISE 2017
Wednesday, 15 February 2017

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Europe is over for another year, and 2017’s record number of visitors return home with the best of the industry in mind. At the d&b stand the company’s latest amplifier monitor and control plug-ins for Peavey MediaMatrix, Beckhoff, AMX, Crestron and the update for QSC Q-SYS attracted plenty of interest, as the German loudspeaker systems manufacturer continues its drive towards ever easier third party integration.
For d&b, whose System Reality principle is found on the convenience of integrated system components, complete interoperability now comes as standard.
The show was also a first for the d&b Soundscape which was given a special preview in the d&b demo room. Here d&b introduced the thinking behind the next evolution in loudspeaker system design in which the concepts of sources and spaces are fully explored. The team then put theory into practice with the first public d&b Soundscape demonstration –completely redefining the performance possibilities of d&b loudspeaker systems.
On behalf of d&b, former director of Sydney Opera House, David Claringbold, also welcomed visitors to the d&b demo room where his session, Sound Futures, examined how the business models of modern venues are heading towards 24/7 utilization, and why now is the time to better understand how high quality audio adds value to life, art and enterprise. Mr Claringbold’s presentation was part of a full d&b program which also included interoperability, and product listening sessions.

hawthornHawthorn premieres virtual experience at EPS
Friday, 10 February 2017

UK - Hawthorn is inviting visitors to step into virtual reality as it launches its innovative virtual venue experience at this year’s Event Production Show (1-2 March 2017).
The creative technical event production expert has for the first time ‘built’, in virtual reality, just some of the diverse venues it works in partnership with in real life. This will enable event planners to pop on a HTC Vive headset and explore incredible event spaces without leaving the Hawthorn stand.
The venues showcased in virtual reality at the Event Production Show will include some of Hawthorn’s key partnerships from around the UK. Built by Hawthorn’s in-house 3D and visualisation team using Cinema 4D and Unreal Engine, the virtual venue experience will offer delegates a unique on-stand experience, demonstrating the versatility of virtual reality as a powerful tool to support the event planning process.
Rachel Waterfield, head of sales & marketing at Hawthorn, said, “We wanted to shake things up on our stand at EPS this year and offer visitors the opportunity to experience some of the UK’s most iconic venues in a completely new and fun way.
“As virtual reality technology becomes ever more accessible, the opportunities it offers the event world are endless and not just as part of the live event experience.
“We wanted to harness it to showcase just some of the amazing venues we work with and demonstrate its potential as part of the event planning process. Stepping into a venue in virtual reality is truly immersive and it’s a fantastic w

showlightpanelMore speakers confirmed for Showlight 2017
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Italy - Showlight is delighted to announce more illustrious speakers from across our industry who are willing to lend their time and expertise to this unique quadrennial in Florence. The following designers are now on target to entertain us in May:
Andreas Huber
Andreas, who works for Osram, says that in our industry there is already a lot curiosity but, at the same time, some confusion when we mention the word ‘laser’. On the contrary this kind of light source has a huge potential and there are already several projects running regarding new fixtures that employ this light-source.
Durham Marenghi
Durham will focus on the remarkable story of the Closing Ceremony for the Rio Olympics, rather than the oft-covered Opening Ceremony, and the challenges presented by a budget much smaller than London 2012, a limited number of rigging positions, and no chance of a rehearsal.
Frieder Weiss
Frieder is an outstanding projection artist who works with interactive contents. He will speak on the pixel mapping effects for a show he directed on a large cruise ship stage, all of which was based on infrared tracking of the performers.
Isabel Nielen
Isabel will tell of lighting a concert in a Dutch valley using lasers to outline objects on the far side.
James Simpson
James tells of his work at the Royal Opera House in harnessing Virtual Reality to aid the design process, to help plan and create better productions.
Karl Taylor
Karl will give a brief overview of the work a

vxs1ml-1ISE 2017: Yamaha debuts compact loudspeakers
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Netherlands - Yamaha Commercial Audio is launching two new ultra-compact installation loudspeakers at ISE 2017, which fulfil a demand for high quality sound from units which are as visually discreet as possible.
The VXS1ML and VXS3S are significant new additions to Yamaha’s Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) loudspeaker range and an ideal solution for background music (BGM) applications in restaurants, retail outlets, hotel lobbies and other situations where loudspeakers need to be heard but not seen. In addition, optional accessories are available for greater installation flexibility.
Measuring 62 x 62 x 82mm and weighing just 0.16kg, the VXS1ML mini satellite Lo-Z (8Ω) speaker features a major innovation in the marrying of a brand new, specifically-developed large diameter voice coil and ultra-compact 1.5 inch full-range driver, which deliver a frequency response of 180Hz ~ 20kHz and uniform dispersion of 170 degrees, both horizontally and vertically.
A circular mount allows for free angle installation and up to 30° of vertical adjustment. The VXS1ML can be surface mounted, alternatively the optional CMA1MB/CMA1MW allows for in-ceiling installation and the optional RMA1MB/RMA1MW for hanging from a lighting rail. Available in black or white models, the enclosure is also paintable to ensure the loudspeaker unobtrusively blends into any environment.
Complementing the VXS1ML is the VXS3S compact subwoofer, which delivers a rich low-mid sound. Featuring a 3.5” driver, switchable Lo-Z (8Ω) / Hi-Z (70V/100V) inputs and Yamaha’s Du

powersoftISE 2017: Powersoft launches Quattrocanali Series
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Netherlands - Following the success of the eight-channel Ottocanali series, launched at Integrated Systems Europe two years earlier, Powersoft has again chosen ISE as the forum to launch its new Quattrocanali Series.
As in previous years they will share booth 7-K180, with their Dutch distributor, Ampco Flashlight Sales.
Powersoft’s new four-channel amplifier platform includes three models: Quattrocanali 4804: 1200 W per channel @ 8ohm; 1500 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 3000 W bridged @ 4 ohms; Quattrocanali 2404: 600 W per channel @ 8ohm; 800 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 1200 W bridged @ 4 ohms; Quattrocanali 1204: 300 W per channel @ 8 ohm; 500 W per channel @ 2 ohm; 1000 W bridged @ 4 ohms.
This completes the Powersoft Installation Series that includes Duecanali (two-channel) and Ottocanali (eight-channel) series.
“If the Ottocanali Series is purpose-designed for bigger installations with mission critical requirements, this new series addresses the requirements from small and medium applications where the channel count is limited but the need for a flexible product to work with Hi-Z and Lo-Z systems is a must,” says Marc Kocks, business development manager for Fixed Install.
“In particular, the new Quattrocanali 1204, featuring 300W per channel, can open up a new market for Powersoft that historically was recognized among the industry leaders for higher power applications. We believe that in many small installations, like leisure venues and retail spaces, where sonic quality and simplicity of use are important, this product will quick

ddmmonitorleftISE 2017: Audinate previews Dante Domain Manager
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Netherlands - Audinate is giving visitors to ISE 2017 the first opportunity to see the revolutionary new Dante Domain Manager platform, a complete network management solution bringing enterprise-grade system administration to the AV world. Dante Domain Manager makes audio networking more secure, more scalable and more manageable than ever before, says the company.
Dante Domain Manager allows administrators to secure their audio networks from unwanted changes and modifications, and provides the ability to scale and segment audio networks regardless of the physical constraints of the network. With Dante Domain Manager, integrators can define specific AV device groupings, by room, building and site, allowing for the creation of independent Dante Domains and enabling a single Dante Domain to encompass multiple IP subnets.
The network domain concept was first successfully pioneered by the IT industry to differentiate and manage multiple private networks within the same infrastructure. Audinate is applying this same approach to AV, customizing the features to the needs of AV professionals and end-users and effectively providing the community with the opportunity to deploy the best strategies and best practices of both AV and IT.
Dante Domain Manager provides robust security for IT departments and AV managers, including user authentication and control, role administration, and integration with Active Directory. System managers gain complete visibility and accountability through a suite of user-defined dashboards, audit trails, alerts, and messages. <

ISE 2017: Barco enhances Event Master portfolio
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Netherlands - Barco is enhancing its successful Event Master portfolio of screen management systems with an expansion unit. The Event Master Ex processor adds unseen possibilities to extend the Event Master systems. Linking the Ex with the Event Master processors (E2 or S3-4K), not only allows users to grow their input and output capacity, more importantly, it enables them to expand the scaling and switching power of their entire system.
When linked with a fibreoptic cable the Ex can be in a different location than the E2 or S3-4K, up to 100 meters away, acting as a true stage box. The new Ex processor is currently shipping.
“Our popular Event MasterTM processors excel in versatility and flexibility as they can be tuned to any show size or configuration,” comments Chris Colpaert, VP image processing at Barco. “With the introduction of the Ex, we offer video professionals a broader choice of configuration options. They can choose from our pre-populated boxes, such as the E2 and S3-4K, custom build-to-order systems, or link additional boxes, like the Ex, when their needs grow.”
“With the new Ex system the mad scientists from Sacramento prove again that they are truly listening to the needs in the market,” says Francesco Elsing, global director video services at Satis&fy. “In combination with the Gen 2 input cards, the Event Master series is now the one and only solution for professional 4K UHD image processing – no matter in what scale.”
(Jim Evans)

seloysense-2ISE 2017: Seloy Live partners with Feonic
Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Netherlands - Seloy Live, the i new interactive glass manufacturer, has announced a partnership with Feonic at this year’s ISE. Seloy Live will be showcasing a 90” interactive touch window with embedded sound. The 90” SENSE is a state-of-the-art portrait combination of a transparent insulating glass unit and interactive touch surface, with built-in sound from Feonic, and will be demonstrated on booth 14-M270.
In addition, Seloy Live will showcase an 80” SENSE in landscape; a 43” SHINE customised mirror solution for augmenting existing professional displays; and a 60 x 120cm SHADE with electronically adjustable transparency. Seloy Live will also showcase content from Finnish advertising agency TBWA and UK-based interactive visual media experts Spotted Zebra.
A video demonstrating how Feonic technology works within Seloy Live’s SHADE solution can be viewed here. SENSE can be seen in action (without Feonic sound) here.
“We’re very excited to be showcasing our unique range of interactive glass products at ISE, and to be partnering with Feonic and our friends at TBWA and Spotted Zebra,” explains Seloy Live sales director Anne Lindgren. “ISE is the ideal show for people to see how we Supercharge glass, and our three main products – SENSE, SHINE and SHADE – will be demonstrated on our stand.”
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with Seloy Live at this year’s ISE,” says Brian Smith, design director, Feonic Ltd. “The company’s innovative range of interactive glass is a perfect match for our invis


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