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PL+S 2018: Astera to release iOS app
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Germany - Astera will present the iOS version of its AsteraApp for remote lighting control and management as the company attends Prolight+Sound 2018 in Frankfurt.
The app will become available for iOS for the first time since it was first introduced for Android devices in 2015. It offers professional-level control over Astera-based fixtures by connecting smart devices to the AsteraBox via Bluetooth which then relays the command to the battery-operated fixtures via radio frequency. The app allows simple to complex operations remotely, including firmware updates, grouping, assigning and configuring DMX addresses as well as controlling colours and effects and monitoring the status of the lights during operation.
Thomas Repmann, software developer for Astera in Munich, comments: “We have been working hard to provide the smoothest and most intuitive experience for LDs and lighting professionals through the App. We have had a long time to improve the Android-based version and we wanted to make sure our customers had the same satisfaction when they use the iOS version.”
The new app will be downloadable from the Apple App Store by the summer.
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoPL+S 2018: Green Hippo promotes Notch integration
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - Green Hippo’s scheduled activities for Prolight + Sound 2018 include exclusive presentations, plus demos with its show partner Notch, maker of the real-time visual creation tool.
The Green Hippo stand will be fully equipped with the latest Hippotizer+ Media Servers, enabling guests to experience solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
A key feature of the Green Hippo stand is the opportunity for visitors to gain hands-on experience of Hippotizer’s seamless integration with Notch. Designed from the creative process up, and supercharged by powerful real-time rendering and visualisation, Notch helps creators rediscover the joy of problem solving, experimenting and improvising on the fly.
Further demonstrating Hippotizer’s ways with Notch, Green Hippo has commissioned a short dance piece with the London based Tavaziva dance company showcasing the real-time creative possibilities of Hippotizer, Noitom motion capture and Notch working together. The interactive demo dance will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00.
Visitors will also get the chance to learn more about some key new features that will be added on the new software V4.4, which will be released soon.
In addition to its open demonstrations, the Green Hippo team will run six closed-door sessions. Taking place on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 12 April, each of these events will fit approximately 15 delegates.
Green Hippo will also present the latest big thing from Island Records… beer. On Tuesd

etc-pls-2PL+S 2018: ETC schedules European debuts
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - ETC is set to present picks from its extensive collection of lighting and rigging products across three stands in Hall 3.0 - E51, F51 and E47. The event will mark the European debut of a number of products from the company’s portfolio of lighting control consoles, LED luminaires and architectural control solutions. Trainers and product experts will be on hand to offer demos and advice on all the products on display.
Visitors can get a first look at the soon-to-be-launched Element 2 console – a revamp of the original Element desk – which offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. Also making its regional premiere will be the ETCpad, a tablet accessory providing dedicated, touchscreen-based wireless or wired remote control for all Eos family consoles and controllers.
Several new additions to the successful ColorSource family will be previewed at the show. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear (1, 2, 4) configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.
ETC is also introducing a new fixture for architectural spaces: the Irideon WLZ wash light. Engineered to be a companion to the popular Irideon FPZ framing projector, the WLZ has a zoom range of 10-68 degrees and is available in portable, canopy and 3-circuit track mount versions, all with remote DMX and local control.

maps2018startseite1000x595enggrandMA3 to launch at PL+S 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - The new grandMA3 lighting console series will be shown to the public for the first time at Prolight + Sound 2018.
Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform, says the company. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.
The system features “ground-breaking concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive”.
Interest is expected to be high, therefore in addition to 13 fully staffed grandMA3 demo stations, MA’s booth, C61 in hall 3.0, will feature a dedicated grandMA3 demonstration auditorium. Up to 70 seated visitors can enjoy a live presentation of the new grandMA3 console series from MA’s product specialists, offering an in-depth insight into this new range.
The presentation will be held in German and English, a time schedule will be displayed at the auditorium.
Additionally, on booth D59 the whole dot2 range will be available with fully staffed demo stations.
(Jim Evans)

al-murraySupport backup, come to Comfest!
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - We all know how tough it can be as a freelance in the entertainment technology industry. The hours are long, you’re away from your family and you only earn money when you’re working. What happens if you can’t work because you’re ill, you have an accident, or someone in your family needs your help and support? You probably do not have a stash of cash put away to see you through. What then?
That’s where Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity can help and that’s why it is putting on Comfest – an evening of outstanding comedy with the legend that is Al Murray The Pub Landlord and a great supporting line-up at The Dorfman Theatre on 25 March 2018.
In case you don’t know, Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. It offers support and help to get you back on your feet.
Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.
Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively and will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.
Backup grants have brought help and hope to industry members and their families during some of their darkest hours.
Help backup to continue to help your friends and colleagues by coming to Comfest. Tickets are available from
(Jim Evans)

solaframe-familyPL+S 2018: Hands-on with High End Systems
Monday, 19 March 2018

Germany - High End Systems is gearing up to exhibit its latest products on a dedicated stand at the upcoming Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. From 10-13 April, visitors can discover and explore a selection of products from the console and automated lighting manufacturer, in Hall 4.0 - D59.
The show will offer an opportunity for hands-on demos of a selection of High End’s Hog 4 family of lighting control consoles, designed for markets of all shapes and sizes - including Hog 4, Full Boar 4 and Road Hog 4. Visitors can also expect a surprise or two, and there will be a chance to see the new Hog 4 v.3.8.0 software, featuring a new desktop colour scheme called 'stealth,' and added external monitor/touchscreen capability for HedgeHog 4 console models.
A recent introduction to the Sola Series family of automated luminaires, SolaFrame 750 boasts a compact footprint but a huge feature set. A perfect fit for smaller to medium-sized venues, this fixture cuts through the competition with its 11,300 field lumens, 6–50 degree zoom, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation, and much more. SolaFrame 750 offers the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size.
SolaFrame Theatre is the industry’s first automated LED luminaire to deliver completely silent operation. Engineered with no fans, it features a special high-CRI LED engine, delivers 15,000 field lumens, and features High End’s acclaimed full-frame shuttering system. SolaFrame Theatre is a natural fit for designers who work in television, film, t

infinity-signature-seriesPL+S 2018: Highlight International majors on Infinity
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - The Infinity Signature Series uses the latest LED technology with European software and have a variety of control options and lenses that are familiar to every entertainment technician. “We have found an excellent partner in the world-famous manufacturer Robert Juliat, with almost 100 years of experience, to develop our new series of theatre luminaires,” says the company.
Only Lumiled LEDs are used throughout the entire range. This ensures consistent binning and colour consistency. The warm white LEDs were selected to maintain a constant temperature of 3000K with a CRI of +95. The selection of coloured LEDs enables the best possible colour mixing with the highest CRI.
The software offers flicker-free dimming and a flash function without time delay. With the coloured units there is also a virtual colour wheel with 64 of the most popular gel colours for theatre.
Highlight adds, “For our Infinity Signature Series we worked with Robert Juliat to develop three models - Infinity TS-260C7 Profile Engine, TF-300 Fresnel, and TS-300 Profile Engine.
The TS-260C7 model with its 260W Lumiled seven-colour LED offers a very powerful performance that is comparable to a 750W tungsten halogen lamp. “We also offer the desired solution in white. Comparable with 2kW tungsten halogen, produced by a 300W Lumiled LED: Infinity TF-300 Fresnel and TS-300 Profile Engine. Controllable via DMX, flicker-free dimming and flashes can be regulated via our software, used in situations where razor-sharp beams are needed (TS-300) or a stage needs to be illumin

alcons-packshot-2018-touringPL+S 2018: Alcons Audio plans high profile
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2018, Alcons Audio will have its highest profile presence yet. With major demonstrations, new products, commitment to immersive sound and a significant anniversary, Alcons aims to be the word on every sound professional’s lips, says the company.
A major highlight of Prolight+Sound is the Production Resource Group’s (PRG) demonstrations in the Festhalle. This year, an Alcons LR28 large format line array will deliver the soundtrack to the hourly presentations. Complemented by further Alcons products, including the BC543 high-output cardioid subwoofer, the system will show that “great sound can be every bit as impressive as great visuals”.
The system will also be an important part of Prolight+Sound’s annual opening event, the PRG Live Entertainment Awards, on 9 April. An Alcons RR12 point-source array system, with BQ211 21" subs, will also be used at the Awards after party.
Highlighting Alcons commitment to immersive sound for cinema, studio, live audio and installations, the company’s Stand B36, Hall 3.1 will be connected to live immersive sound specialists Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Alcons and ASA have collaborated on many demonstrations voted ‘best of show’ and an Alcons system will again be showcasing ASA demos that literally have to be heard to be believed.
Alcons will also be showcasing five new products. These will include the VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor, previewed at the Amsterdam ISE show in February. The VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features the Alcons patent-pend

rivagepmseriesPL+S 2018: Yamaha and Nexo showcase live audio
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - Following the successful launch of Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 digital mixing system and other new products in February, there is much for visitors to look forward to on the company’s stand at ProLight+Sound 2018.
Exhibiting on Stand E50, Hall 3.1, Yamaha is again exhibiting alongside touring loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo.
The launch of Rivage PM7 was one of the audio highlights of the ISE show in Amsterdam and the new system will again be the focus of a lot of interest at ProLight+Sound. Yamaha’s entire range of digital mixing consoles will also be on display, alongside other new products, including the updated R series Dante I/O racks, Version 2 firmware for Rivage PM10 and the updated DXSmkII subwoofers.
“ISE was an extremely successful show for us, with Rivage PM7 and our other new products generating a lot of interest,” says Nils-Peter Keller, senior director Pro Audio & AV Group at Yamaha Music Europe. “We are really looking forward to showing the new console and I/O racks to more live sound engineers and rental companies at ProLight+Sound.”
(Jim Evans)

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds programme announced
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds, the essential event for entertainment technology, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is open for the show that has already sold out, with over 130 international brands set to introduce their latest products.
In addition to the wide array of exhibitors from lighting, audio, AV, staging and rigging, attendees will have unlimited access to a seminar programme packed with hands-on technical workshops to inspiring keynote talks.
Journalist and LSi contributor Phil Ward will explore the advanced challenges of spatial and immersive audio alongside a panel of manufacturers and sound designers including Tom Slater from Call & Response and Scott Willsallen, an award-winning expert in sound design for major international events. They will explore how this emerging sector impacts system design and workflow for engineers and production professionals working in concert touring and live sound.
Lighting enthusiasts can look forward to Changeover Madness at a Festival, a lively panel of lighting designers and operators chaired by Ambersphere’s Philip Norfolk that will aim to lift the lid on the realities of operating lighting at festivals. The session will address questions such as: How do bands turn up at festivals and put on their show with a completely different rig from what they normally have on tour? How do LDs and

cti-dmxcat-bannerCity Theatrical brings new technology at USITT
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

USA - City Theatrical (booth 231) will take part in this year's USITT Conference & Stage expo to be held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 15-17 March.
The company will demonstrate its latest wireless DMX technology and software solutions and also present its range of LED products.
City Theatrical president and founder Gary Fails will demonstrate the Multiverse wireless DMX technology at the Innovation Stage on Friday, 16 March at 12pm EST.
The demo will highlight City Theatrical’s vision of a lighting setup in which every DMX device contains a Multiverse Module (and where legacy lighting products have a Multiverse Node near them), allowing entire productions containing hundreds of fixtures and dozens of universes to be operated wirelessly.
John McKernon will showcase his multi award-winning Lightwright 6 software for designers and electricians to help manage and document up to 45,000 universes of data to support their entertainment lighting. Lightwright is available exclusively from City Theatrical dealers worldwide.
Lighting users can also find out more about Moving Light Assistant, an application that was designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry.
The company will also present the QolorFLEX range of LED products, which encompasses the QolorFLEX LED Tape and Dimmers, QolorPIXTM Pixel Controlled LED Tape and Controller and QolorFLEX NuNeonTM linear lighting.

outline-newton168PL+S 2018: Outline launches Newton processor
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Italy - At Prolight+Sound next month, Outline will introduce Newton, the company’s new FPGA-based processing platform.
Designed to be “the management and control core” for audio networks in touring, broadcast and fixed installation applications and provides management of sophisticated audio systems by combining multi-format channel routing with simultaneous standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation.
Newton additionally incorporates powerful new filter technology along with clock and powering redundancy in a 1U networkable chassis.
A system topology is provided by very high-quality FPGA-based SSRC (synchronous sample rate conversion) and ASRC (asynchronous sample rate conversion) with outstanding dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. The unit supports up to 15 clock source options and a virtually unlimited number of filters using Outline’s proprietary WFIR filtering technology supporting raised cosine filtering technology. It also features independent, internal dual-redundant universal AC mains supplies (fitted as standard) with dual cooling fans.
Newton’s I/O configuration will provide 216 channels in both directions simultaneously using a fully automatic clock source and audio signal switchover facilities. The system and set-up are fully controllable via Outline Dashboard software for Mac OS.
Newton is available in three hardware versions – Newton 16, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8 – to suit the requirements of differing applications or projects. All processed signals and direct outputs can be routed out of

l-acousticsPL+S 2018: L‑Acoustics shapes the audio future
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Germany - L-Acoustics will demonstrate its L‑ISA Immersive Sound Art technology at this year’s Prolight+Sound.
The technology recently embarked on Lorde’s Melodrama tour across North America, as well as present new hardware and software tools – including the P1 networked digital audio processor, which begins shipping in June – that will make it easy for L‑Acoustics partners to realize optimised performance for their L‑Acoustics systems.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L‑Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psycho-acoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences.
L-Acoustics will showcase the new L-ISA Island on stand C11 in hall 3.1. This complete integrated personal auditorium plays the high-definition Blu 23.1 format as well as any other media, all housed in a stunning piece of furniture designed to entertain high level music lovers.
Demonstrations and presentations of both L-ISA Immersive Sound Art technology and the P1 networked digital audio processor will be held in the Kontrast Room, hall 3.
(Jim Evans)

agm-websafeA fresh approach for PLASA’s 2018 AGM
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

UK - PLASA, the professional lighting and sound association, will host its Members’ Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians, a beautiful and central venue in Regent's Park, London.
The day will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow members, strike up new relationships and share the latest industry insights.
Attendees can look forward to a generous lunch and flowing drinks with an enlivening key-note speaker. The PLASA AGM will also take part during the day, keeping members up to date with the association with time to give feedback and ask questions.
The event is also an opportunity for members to meet representatives of the newly elected PLASA board, including new chairman Adam Blaxill.
There is plenty to celebrate at the event following a successful year for PLASA. The appointments of Chris Toulmin as commercial director and Nicky Greet as director of the membership, skills and technical departments has strengthened both PLASA’s membership and commercial divisions.
The team have been busy implementing new benefits that reflect the changing needs of the membership, including new membership support services and a programme of professional development and networking events for members and non-members working within the industry.
The PLASA Members’ Day and AGM is set to be an unmissable event. Be the first to snap up one of only 65 specially reduced tickets by visiting test

astro-spatialAstro Spatial Audio returns to PL+S 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Germany - Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) will highlight its “brand agnostic approach to true object-based immersive audio” when it returns to Prolight + Sound at the Frankfurt Messe, from 10-13 April. Appearing on booth A33/39 in Hall 3.1, the independent solution in object-based 3D sound will offer special presentations throughout the show, highlighting the deep integration between ASA's SARA II Premium Rendering Engine and third-party systems including TTA's Stagetracker II next-generation performer tracking, Alcons Audio loudspeakers and QLab playback automation software.
In addition, ASA will debut new v4.0 software, incorporating substantial improvements in loudspeaker management, matrixing and show control. An enhanced production module is also included within the update, offering advanced timeline editing in the shape of an automation editor, and a new event manager function to facilitate cue-based show sequences.
Astro Spatial Audio's return to Prolight + Sound follows an extremely successful start to 2018, including sitting at the heart of the audio design of The Band's Visit, the hit new Broadway musical, as well as playing a central role in the redesign of the Berlin Opera House.
Frankfurt will see a new demonstration of the Astro Spatial Audio object-based solution, featuring dedicated 3D mixes of some of the world's most loved songs, illustrating the power, flexibility and scalability of SARA II. The IP67-rated Stagetracker II will also be featured with previously unseen degrees of precision and ultra-fast vector-based RF tracking

ac-sp-etc-venues-county-hall-pic2A.C. Special Projects adds life to County Hall
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has assisted engineering company Hoare Lea in bringing its dynamic lighting scheme to life for etc.venues' 68,000sq.ft multi-use event space inside the London County Hall - providing an e:cue control system to meet the venue's bespoke needs.
The historic County Hall location is etc.venues' largest event space of 15 sites around the Capital, and a major historic tourist destination.
The lighting team at Hoare Lea worked closely with lead interior designer, Jestico + Whiles and executive architect, Synergy Architects, restoring County Hall to create a unique conference space for etc.venues.
The project included upgrading the building with integrated lighting elements to reveal and accentuate its architectural history, and help to create spaces with flexible ambient lighting serving and enhancing different events and tasks, ranging from large conferences to small group brainstorming sessions.
Spread over two floors, the etc.venues County Hall features a reception, conference and meeting rooms, a snug bar and restaurant wings. Many of the 30 rooms can be used individually, or combined with adjacent spaces to create a range of different sizes and configurations. As well as 12 flexible conference and meeting areas, there a number of suites with a capacity of up to 400 which can combined into multi-purpose spaces for up to 900 guests. The venue also offers smaller meeting and training rooms, as well as exclusive-use spaces.
When it came to the provision of a highly flexible and user-friendly new lighting co

isceRecord registrations for ISCEx 2018
Friday, 2 March 2018

UK - With just days to go until ISCEx 2018, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers reports a record number of visitor registrations and exhibitor bookings for its seminar and exhibition event, taking place on 7 March (Wednesday) at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire.
The event will see 35 leading audio manufacturers and distributors on hand in the exhibition zone to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and your projects, alongside a programme of seminars throughout the day, open to all exhibition attendees.
This year’s seminars include: Busting the myths of Mass Evacuation - Dr Chris Cocking, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton; How do we react to Sound? - Hanieh Motamedian, Sound Directions & Sam Wise, Venue Strategies; Don’t Drop the Ball - Matthew Archer, Audio Technica Ltd.
Visitor registrations are available at:
(Jim Evans)

backupBackup’s Comfest 2018 tickets available now
Friday, 2 March 2018

UK - With three hours of stand-up comedy and live music, Backup’s upcoming comedy night at the Royal National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre on 25 March promises to be a great night.
The evening will be headlined by Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, and other comedians set to perform include Susan Murray, Mike Gunn, Tiff Stevenson, Danny Posthill, Nick Revell & Matt Price, with live music from The Cloggz. Tickers are available from
The annual Charity Golf day is also taking place on the day and organisers promise a ‘surprises galore’ as 18 teams go Tee – Tee.
A new challenge for 2018 is Fastest Hole of golf by a team of four. Go up against the clock for the fastest hole of golf. Who drives, who plays the fairway, the lay up, the putt? all to play for to claim the bragging rites.
Kartfest 2018, the chairty’s karting day, is also returning on 5 July (Thursday) at Sandown Park, Esher, with tickets going on sale at the end of March.
(Jim Evans)

prolyte-campus-01Prolyte Campus 2018 Cape Town
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

South Africa - DWR is presenting Prolyte Campus, a Prolyte Group training initiative, with guest speaker Ruud de Deugd from Prolyte on 13-16 March.
Prolyte Campus offers a complete programme of learning activities to create awareness on the safe use of Prolyte products.
(Jim Evans)

mecanoofrancine-houbenFirst keynote speaker confirmed for ITEAC 2018
Monday, 26 February 2018

UK - Dutch architect Francine Houben, the creative director of mecanoo architecten has been announced as the first keynote speaker of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018 to be held on London on 3-5 June.
Houben has gained international acclaim for her work on theatres, museums and libraries to neighbourhoods, housing and parks, with each design founded on the observation of people, location, culture and climate. She holds Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and was granted lifelong membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Booking for ITEAC 2018 is now open and as interest to attend the conference has been very strong, those wishing to attend are urged to book as soon as possible.
Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) at Savoy Place, the global engineering hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), latest information regarding sessions and speakers will be posted on the ITEAC website as announced.
Following the three days of conference, ITEAC delegates may then join up with exhibitors and visitors to the 40th anniversary annual ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 6-7 June.

ac-et-at-bveAC-ET showcases LED solutions at BVE
Friday, 23 February 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) 's specialist film & TV sales team will be showcasing their choice of LED solutions designed to work in image capture within the studio or on location - at BVE 2018, Excel London, UK, stand L41, 27 February - 1 March 2018.
Chroma-Q’s range of LED solutions is becoming widely used for various broadcast, TV and film applications. Products on show include the 2016 Cine Gear Expo-winning Space Force tuneable white soft source, which delivers an output and performance comparable with a traditional 6kW fixture in an energy-efficient, lightweight, convection cooled, ultra-quiet design. Also showing is the 2016 LDI and ESTA award-winning Color Force II colour-mixing wash light range, the award-winning Studio Force Phosphor compact soft source, and the Color One 100X colour-mixing LED effects PAR.
Also on show will be the latest, top of the range hard and soft sources from Spotlight, Mole-Richardson and Desisti. On demo will be Quasar Science’s Q-LED linear lamps, available with tuneable white and RGB output.
Making its BVE debut, the StageSmarts smartPDU intelligent power distribution solution provides simple and highly accurate real-time load monitoring at any time and from any location, of each individual circuit.
Another newcomer to the show is RatPac's AKS system, which uses LumenRadio CRMX wireless technology and allows users to control lighting fixtures directly from their mobile phone, tablet or PC. In addition, RatPac's Cintenna wireless receivers can plug directly into the back of lightin

audio-technicabp40Audio-Technica and Allen & Heath gear up for BVE
Friday, 23 February 2018

UK - Audio-Technica will be showing a range of its broadcast-oriented microphone and headphone products alongside Allen & Heath’s latest SQ and dLive mixing systems at BVE 2018 between 27 February and 1 March.
Audio-Technica’s BP40 large diaphragm dynamic microphone – designed for rich, condenser-like response in broadcast environments – and the company’s M Series flagship M70x monitoring headphones will be among the key products on display. Also available for visitors to experience at the show will be various microphones from Audio-Technica’s Broadcast & Production range, currently being relied on for broadcast sound from the Pyeongchang Games.
Those looking for compact on-camera audio solutions will be catered for with both the AT8024 stereo/mono microphone (with selectable line-cardioid or mid-side stereo modes) and System 10 camera-mount wireless system. The 2.4GHz System 10 camera unit offers supreme ease of use, light weight and 24-bit/48kHz operation, ideal for ENG reporting and video production.
Allen & Heath’s latest SQ digital mixers will be represented by the SQ-5, built around the company’s latest 96kHz FPGA XVCI core. With 16 onboard preamps, the compact 48-channel SQ-5 is designed for demanding professional audio situations and is compatible with Allen & Heath’s AudioRacks and SQ MixPad remote mixing app.
Visitors will also be able to get hands on with the dLive S3000 surface from Allen & Heath’s flagship mixing system. With a small footprint but remarkable specification, the S3000 feature

backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

painting-with-light-ise2018034Painting with Light makes Senses for Panasonic
Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Netherlands - International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their booth at this year’s ISE expo at Amsterdam RAI.
In 2017, Painting with Light’s creative director Luc Peumans developed a show that featured simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects, resulting in a dynamic live performance piece that combined a number of cutting-edge technologies, illustrating their capabilities, together with the flexibility of Panasonic’s latest projectors.
This year, Luc received a brief from Panasonic’s European product marketing manager for projectors and visual solutions, Thomas Vertommen, who wanted to take it one step further and create a more graphical show that was even more technically ambitious.
Panasonic is continuously following live entertainment trends to establish how best to showcase relevant technologies at ISE, and this year Thomas suggested a more futuristic performance altogether which included the use of holograms, tracking and mapping, all working in conjunction with Panasonic-selected partners like disguise, BlackTrax and Novaline.
From this starting point, Luc conceived and developed a special 6-minute movement piece called Senses in collaboration with show director Frank de Wulf and choreographer Roy Julien.
A team from Painting with Light was assembled to produce bespoke video content and design a meticulously detailed projection show / system based around two dancers, four projection boxes, 12 projec


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