Events News

live-company-chroma-q-showcase-eventChroma-Q stars in Copenhagen showcase
Friday, 12 January 2018

Denmark - The Live Company AS showcase event co-hosted with Chroma-Q enabled rental production clients to experience the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyc, wash & effects light.
Leading lighting designers and specifiers from all sectors were invited to Tivoli in Copenhagen, one of Denmark's most prestigious entertainment resorts. Delegates got hands-on with Color Force II, followed by dinner and a show, where they were able to see it in action during a performance of The 35th Crazy Christmas Cabaret Show - Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens.
Freelance lighting designer Mark P Jones, who attended the event commented: "Having a history of using and specifying Chroma-Q products, it's great to see that Color Force II builds on the reputation of the original fixture - the output, colour range and stability on camera make them a great lighting tool."
Bjarne Olsen, show lighting designer for Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens noted, “I am very impressed with the fixture's colour palette. It can produce both deep saturated colours and vivid pastels. The amount of light output is also very impressive, and the individual pixel control allows for some nice effects."
(Jim Evans)

schertlerarthurprime52NAMM launch for Schertler’s Arthur Prime
Thursday, 11 January 2018

USA - Schertler S.A, Swiss manufacturer of acoustic amplification systems, will launch its new Arthur Prime compact mixer series at the 2018 NAMM Show.
Specially designed for smaller-scale live performance and recording applications, Prime mixers will initially be available in fixed 5-, 9- and 13-channel configurations. Each compact, competitively-priced model uses technology from Schertler’s flagship Arthur (Format 48) mixer, including the same No Negative Feedback (NFB) structure for fast response and natural attack, the same hi-voltage (48V) power supply for superior headroom and the same high-quality preamps on input channels.
Added to this are two aux sends, a built-in digital reverb, stereo inputs (1/4” balanced inputs with Pan) that can be used as either 2x Mono or a single Stereo In and other essential features for straightforward, high-quality sound production.
Prime mixers are suitable for live performances where fewer input channels and aux sends are needed, or home/project studio recordings where space is limited. Easy to set up and transport, they are also designed for other applications requiring a quality affordable mixer. The new mixers are expected to ship during Q2 2018.
(Jim Evans)

halo-aISE 2018: EM Acoustics previews arena system
Thursday, 11 January 2018

The Netherlands - EM Acoustics will reveal HALO Arena at ISE 2018. HALO-C made an impact when it was first launched in 2012. Five years on and EM Acoustics is ready to make the same kind of impact in the arena sound reinforcement market; built on the same core design intent as the much smaller HALO-C, HALO-A takes overall SPL capability to a level suitable for much larger applications, both fixed installation and touring.
HALO-A benefits from the same “maximum headroom” design that characterises its little brother, HALO-C, ensuring that that HALO-A delivers consistent performance across all SPL levels. A single HALO-A cabinet exhibits a flat, free-field frequency response from 48Hz to 19kHz (+/-3dB) and a phase response which is +/- 20 degrees between 150Hz and 18kHz. Due to the unique loading technique applied to the low frequency drivers combined with the high frequency waveguide, the dispersion pattern control is maintained down to 250Hz.
Whilst HALO Arena delivers the same flawless performance and coverage as HALO-C, the technology used to achieve it is different due to the much higher SPLs required from HALO-A. Rather than an AMT plane-wave guide, EM Acoustics has used compression drivers with a specially developed patent-pending emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 3.4” diaphragm, 1.4” exit compression drivers into a plane-wave array.
EM Acoustics’ Ed Kinsella, who designed HALO Arena, explains: “This assembly provides a very significant moving area for the HF section and twice the headroom of comparable systems.

billy-gsE releases Billy Gibbons Signature Edition V7
Thursday, 11 January 2018

USA - New for the 2018 Winter NAMM Show, sE Electronics has announced the V7 BFG: a special chrome Signature Edition of sE’s TEC-Award-nominated V7 dynamic microphone, created in partnership with Mr. Billy F. Gibbons - best known as the guitarist of ZZ Top.
The V7 BFG is the signature vocal microphone for Billy F. Gibbons. Best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of legendary American rock band ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons consistently ranks as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. From sE: “This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and iconic blues-rock guitarist from Texas has been performing on the road for decades, and is still musically hyper-active with The Kings of Chaos, the BFG’s and – last but definitely not least - ZZ Top!”
The V7 BFG is a dynamic vocal hand-held microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, delivering “a crisp, open sound that perfectly captures your voice in the most natural way you've ever heard on stage”.
Featuring a special custom chrome finish & royal purple internal windscreen, the V7 BFG ships standard with a mic clip and thread adapter, leatherette pouch, microfibre polishing cloth, a V7 BFG sticker, two BFG Signature Jim Dunlop custom gel guitar picks, and a spare black internal windscreen.
(Jim Evans)

chroma-q-at-plasa-focus-glasgow-18Chroma-Q brings LED to PLASA Focus Glasgow
Thursday, 11 January 2018

UK - Chroma-Q will showcase their latest award-winning LED lighting solutions for theatre, rock 'n' roll, corporate and architectural applications at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 (stand C2).
Sharing a premium feature set which includes homogenised optics, extremely bright and uniform output, colour consistency, theatrical grade dimming and ultra-quiet operation, colour-mixing models on display include the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyclorama, wash & effects light; the Color One 100X LED PAR; and the multi award-winning new Inspire XT LED house light. Also showing is the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
(Jim Evans)

duecanaliISE 2018: Powersoft to launch fixed install range
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Netherlands - On stand U265 in Hall 15, at this year’s ISE, Powersoft will launch the new Duecanali 804 and Duecanali 4804, a two-channel amplifier platform with optional DSP and Dante dedicated to the fixed install market, and the perfect answer to system integrators’ needs for a high-performance amplifier solution in leisure and retail spaces.
The Duecanali 4804 provides 2 x 2400W @ 4Ω, a power output suitable to a wide range of projects, making it an attractive and cost-effective solution for small to medium size installations seeking both pristine and reliable sound.
The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is the requirement, without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1602, which was launched at ISE in 2017 and now sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.
The two new models complete the Duecanali Series, bringing consistency in terms of size and power, as well as look and feel, for Powersoft’s installation market. The products are available in standard or DSP+D versions which extend system performance with on board high-end signal processing and Dante digital audio distribution. Both models can be managed with the newly launched user friendly Armonía 2.11 Pro Audio Suite version.
“With DSP onboard, interoperability created via third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control, Powersoft amplifiers have been converte

white-id24-serpentine-gallery-2-copyISE 2018: Nexo presents elegant line-up
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Netherlands - Nexo will be presenting a line-up of professional loudspeaker models showcasing the company’s signature of low-profile cabinets with high SPL and outstanding sonic performance.
The ISE show presentation will use a new series of loudspeaker stands and mounts designed especially for Nexo by Showem of Germany.
The all-white display will feature the super-compact ID Series, which is tailored specifically for the installation environment. The ID24 full-range speaker uses twin 4” drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver. It has a unique user-adjustable horn, easily rotatable without tools by a switch on the rear panel, giving 60 or 120-degree HF coverage. This allows HF horizontal dispersion to be ‘tuned’ for the given application. As the ID24 can be mounted vertically or horizontally, this effectively gives the user four different directivity options in each cabinet.
The Geo M6 compact line array is particularly well-suited to house of worship environments and applications, and Nexo sees many such installations all over the world. It delivers a rarely available ratio of size-to-output, so it is able to keep a low visual profile in historic buildings, and present a highly contemporary design in modern environments.
The Geo M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. It uses a Nexo-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1x 1" throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz - 19 kHz ±3dB, wit

barix-audiopoint-diagramISE 2018: Barix to unleash latest AudioPoint
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Netherlands - At the upcoming ISE 2018 conference in Amsterdam, Audio over IP pioneer Barix will introduce the third generation of AudioPoint, the company’s audio signage platform that brings digital signage and TV content together with today’s BYOD trends. AudioPoint helps end users deliver audio associated with video content to mobile devices over a local Wi-Fi connection, driving a more intimate connection with consumers and lending a voice to the screen.
AudioPoint 3.0 increases the value proposition for systems integrators and end users with an all-in-one integrated solution that removes the need for an external channel server. AudioPoint 3.0 is based on a new hardware platform, engineered by Barix, that builds the channel server into the Barix Audio Signage Encoder to significantly reduce cost and integration time. The encoder supports both single- and multi-channel audio streaming for up to 250 simultaneous users.
Enhanced networking intelligence under the hood also ensures that AudioPoint 3.0 works with most professional and off-the-shelf routers to immediately enable Wi-Fi streaming. As previous generations required a specific type of router, this flexibility in router choice removes testing and configuration headaches in advance of deployments; and quickly sets end users on the path toward strengthening customer and audience engagement.
“Barix was at the forefront of the BYOD trend with AudioPoint upon its introduction five years ago,” said Reto Brader, vice president of sales and marketing, Barix. “The low price of Barix

wash-fx-2Chauvet DJ lights up NAMM 2018 with innovation
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

USA - Chauvet DJ has a long legacy of leading the way with lighting innovations. That tradition will continue at the 2018 NAMM show, as the company introduces additions to its wireless Freedom series, a smart, versatile new version of its popular GigBAR and “a host of other new products that are destined to raise the bar in their categories”.
Visitors to the company’s NAMM booth (11133) will see the new Freedom H1, a compact 100% truly wireless, battery-operated LED wash light with a built-in D-Fi transceiver and a single hex-colour (RGBAW+UV) 10W LED that produces a rainbow of realistic accent light colours. Completely wireless, this compact fixture can be mounted “virtually anywhere, even on most metal surfaces, thanks to its magnetic base”.
Another NAMM newcomer for Chauvet DJ is the GigBAR Flex, which represents the next generation in the series that’s become known for making mobile entertainment lighting easier and more convenient.
The new Wash FX2 will also be debuting at NAMM. This multi-purpose effect light has 18 Quad-colour (RGB+UV) LEDs that can be used as a regular wash light or as an eye-candy effect with six chasing zones. An on-board dimming feature adds to its capabilities, and the unit’s powerful UV LEDs can be used to create a psychedelic black light effect in addition to delivering brilliant colour-mixing.
“We’re humbled and honoured by the recognition Chauvet DJ has received at NAMM, winning ‘product of the year’ awards multiple times from MMR and Music & Sound Retailer,” said Albert Chauvet,

glasgowpressrelease-tousePLASA Focus Glasgow adds ABTT, Funktion One and BECTU to seminar programme
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

UK - PLASA has announced the final additions to the programme for PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) 17-18 January. Free registration is still open for the show which offers inspiring seminars, technical workshops, and cutting-edge training sessions.
Funktion One founder, Tony Andrews will be hosting a seminar, in association with, which will delve into the audio quality differences between file formats, file players, sound cards, and mixers using state-of-the-art Funktion One equipment. Observations and questions are welcome throughout the presentation.
KV2 are set to demonstrate their latest loudspeaker products which are already making impressions internationally within theatre, worship, corporate, and DJ sectors. With demonstrations running throughout the show, visitors can inspect the ultra-compact passive ESD 25 loudspeaker with active EX 1.5 subwoofer and the active full-range EX 15 loudspeaker at their leisure.
BECTU will be sharing findings from their research on long-hours culture in the creative sector. Dubbed ‘Eyes Half Shut’, this report revealed shocking working practices, particularly in film and TV. Furthermore, they uncovered a widespread belief that poor management is to blame rather than business pressures. This stimulating seminar will invite discussion from the audience.
Also scheduled to appear is Robin Townley, CEO of The Association of British Theatre Technicians, who will be unpicking the implications of Scottish legislation on the use of industry codes

ion-xeCUE 2018: ETC plans Benelux product debuts
Monday, 8 January 2018

The Netherlands – ETC is heading to the Netherlands for the biennial CUE exhibition on 15-17 January at Rotterdam Ahoy. The new ColorSource CYC luminaire, the recently launched Ion Xe lighting control console, and products from ETC’s rigging portfolio will be making their Benelux debut at the event, with the company also offering product demos and giveaways on stand 101.
ColorSource CYC will take centre stage on ETC’s booth at CUE. The purpose-built cyclorama light is bright, compact and affordable. It’s also the first ColorSource fixture to add a fifth colour to its LED array, incorporating indigo with the RGB-L mix to achieve rich, theatrical hues. The CYC will be joining fellow family members at the show, including ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures; ColorSource control desks; and the ColorSource Relay power control solution.
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, the new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Accompanying the consoles are the new Eos Fader Wings which provide 20 or 40 standard faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware.
ETC Rigging’s intuitive line of controllers give users standard operational and safety feedback features not often found in other rigging controllers, such as multiple hardwired E-stops, load profiling, slack line detection, and

kv-audioKV2 Audio returns to PLASA Focus Glasgow
Friday, 5 January 2018

UK - KV2 Audio are returning to the PLASA Focus Glasgow show following a successful debut in 2017. The Czech manufacturer will run a dedicated demonstration facility – the Etive Room – to allow attendees to hear a selection of KV2 products, including the compact passive ESD 25 and active full-range EX 15 loudspeaker.
KV2 will be operating from stand B14 where representatives will be happy to discuss all audio requirements and the many ways KV2 products can help users “make the step up sonically”.
(Jim Evans)

at-uhd-sw-510wsISE 2018: Atlona unleashes universal switcher
Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Netherlands - Continuing to deliver practical innovations that address disruptive AV industry trends, Atlona is now shipping the AT-UHD-SW-510W 5x1 universal switcher with wireless presentation capabilities. Cost-efficiently supporting the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, the SW-510W combines “unprecedented input flexibility with powerful integration features including automatic display control, automatic input selection, and mirrored HDMI and HDBaseT outputs”.
The SW-510W is now shipping and will be showcased alongside other Atlona integration, collaboration and control solutions during the company’s 15th anniversary celebration in stand 5-U80 at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam.
The SW-510W simplifies system design, integration, and operation by supporting both wired and wireless AV connectivity in a single, compact unit. For local wired sources, the new switcher features one DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs alongside a USB-C input for the latest Mac, Chromebook, and Windows PCs and other USB-C-equipped AV devices. Adding further value and convenience, the USB-C interface can also act as a charging station for laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
“As the BYOD trend continues to grow, systems integrators and end-users need an integrated switching solution that seamlessly supports both wired and wireless sources,” said Steve Kolta, product manager at Atlona. “The SW-510W combines the flexibility to easily accept any presenter device with a complete range of value-added operational and integration features, and we’re pleased to now be deliv

work-sl218sapack2Work Pro to launch line array elements at ISE
Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Netherlands - Work Pro Audio, the installation and pro audio brand of international manufacturer Equipson, returns to ISE again this February to showcase its latest in sound reinforcement and audio over IP control solutions to the global audio installation marketplace.
The main attraction on the Work Pro Audio stand (#M200 in Hall 7) will be the new additions to the Arion Line Array range, the SL 210 A and the SL 218 SA subwoofer. Designed entirely at the Work Pro headquarters in Valencia, Spain, both line array elements were launched last year; this is their first major international trade fair outing since they began shipping in late Autumn 2017. Together, the new units form a system suited to use in demanding environments that require power, high-quality audio reproduction and controlled directivity.
In addition to the subwoofer, a range of accessories is available to complete the new Arion system, including a protective, foam-filled bag for transporting up to six SL 210 A units, a rain cover, the CRL transportation trolley which also carries a maximum of six units, and the MFF 210 Array Frame Kit for rigging and suspension.
Suitable for audio installations, theatres and concert halls, the SL 210 A/SL 218 SA system is a high-performance sound reinforcement solution offering intelligibility and clarity of sound.
In addition to the new elements in the Arion range, Work Pro will also be showing a selection of its fibreglass outdoor installation speakers and its BlueLine range of Audio over IP control solutions.
(Jim Evans)

paradigm-family-blue-v2ETC to present control solutions at ISE 2018
Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Netherlands - ETC will showcase a selection of its architectural lighting control solutions on stand 15-R260. Visitors can explore ETC’s collection of systems to suit installations of all sizes and budgets – from a single room to office complexes, large museums, convention centres and theme parks.
Unison Paradigm delivers a new level of comprehensive control – sophisticated facility-lighting and building systems integration. And it does so with unprecedented flexibility and simplicity: a green-minded energy management system that capitalises on daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing and time schedules for maximum electricity and budget savings, plus the power to speak with different devices from different manufacturers over the same control system.
Unison Echo offers flexible, intelligent, and scalable control – simply. Whether it’s turning lights on and off, a need for multiple pre-sets, daylighting and occupancy controls for energy savings, or the ability to control hue, saturation and intensity of colour-changing LED luminaires, Echo has a solution to fit your requirements, says the company.
Unison Mosaic allows users to merge show control, LEDs, moving lights, media effects, and more into a single work of art is essential in seamlessly closing the distance between technology and life.
(Jim Evans)

iseISE 2018 to stage wide range of conferences
Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Netherlands - The 15th edition of Integrated Systems Europe 2018 will see the debut of a range of new show initiatives.
Launching on the day before ISE 2018 opens its doors, the TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference, produced by AVIXA, is a one-day event, which will take place at the Okura Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from the RAI Amsterdam. TIDE will explore the creative forces and business decisions shaping the AV industry and how businesses can leverage these concepts. The TIDE conference will focus on Design Thinking for Business. The conference programme will be applicable to all design professionals, end customers and AV channel delegates.
The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a new competition with both the final and awards’ presentation occurring during ISE 2018. It is being produced by Amsterdam Light Festival, the RAI Amsterdam and ISE. The attendees will be able to view the finalists artistic 3D-light displays from canal boats sailing direct from the convention centre to the competition location.
The artistic and technical challenge for five shortlisted video artists will be to create a work of video art to be mapped onto the three-dimensional architecture of the futuristic EYE Filmmuseum, to be experienced, uniquely, from multiple viewpoints. Projectors, supplied by Panasonic, will be positioned around the futuristic building on a variety of platforms.
Judging will be led by Amsterdam Light Festival creative director Lennart Booij and will take place on 8 February. The winner will be ann

New World Rigging Symposium sponsors named
Tuesday, 12 December 2017

USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Signing up as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions. Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, states, “For over 40 years Stage Rigging has been an advocate of rigging standards and education, the New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect event for both.”
Gold Sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional rigging solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885. PSAV, which has been connecting people around the globe with meeting and event experiences since 1937, has signed on as the AV Sponsor. The first Bronze sponsor is Sapsis Rigging, Inc. a leader in stage rigging, fall protection and safety systems for the entertainment industry.
Silver sponsorships at $5,000 each and Bronze sponsorships at $2,500 each are still available. Please contact if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The two-day symposium will include 10 sessions covering such varied topics as Automation and Touring, Cruise Ship Rigging and Ground Support Concert Rigs. Scott Fisher will provide the Keynote Address. Th

pressrelease-plasaseminars-1Big names to join PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 seminars
Monday, 11 December 2017

UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated event for entertainment technology, has announced more seminars and workshops for the upcoming show at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 17-18 January 2018. This year's seminar programme will feature representatives from The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Shure, the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC. It is free to register for the show, which brings international brands and expertise to regional professionals working in lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging sectors. 
Adlib, one of the longest-established technical production companies in the UK, is set to bring big lighting and audio brands to the show, providing a hands-on experience. Newly-added seminars will focus on large-scale light and sound design, approaches to mental health, changes to audio bandwidth, and building a successful lighting team.
Adlib will be hosting practical sessions introducing the functionality and workflow of various digital mixing consoles. Allen & Heath will introduce the latest SQ series compact digital mixers; Midas will showcase their M32 console; DiGiCo will present their S-Series and SD12; and L-Acoustics will demonstrate their sensational new Syva colinear source loudspeaker system. The action continues into the evening with a drinks reception from 5PM.
New additions to the programme provide technical insights for installations, personnel advice for lighting teams, crucial information for audio

vodacomceoawardsMGG takes a bow at Vodacome CEO Awards
Friday, 8 December 2017

South Africa - The prestigious Vodacom CEO Awards took place at Vodaworld in Midrand and for the very first time, MGG were appointed to supply the full technical. With a modern vintage theme, lighting designer Francois van der Merwe created pomp and hype on the grandMA 2 full size, while audio engineer Fanie Pieterse ensured the theatrical performance was complimented with exceptional sound. Fanie ran the show on a DiGiCo SD10 and used his new DiGiCo 32-bit Stadius Mic Pre-Amp for the live sound aspects.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Francois. “The acts varied from theatre to ballet and from drama to rock. While we had a list of requirements to meet and worked closely with the producers and creative team, it was a lot of fun and the gig came out very well.”
Francois ran the show on the grandMA2 full size, and says his star performer of the night were the BMFLs which he used for FOH and backlight. “They rocked my world again,” he said. The entire lighting rig consisted of 24 x Robe BMFLs, 12 x LEDWash 1200, 12 x Claypaky Mythos, 26 x Robe LEDWash 600, 10 x Philips SL Nitros, 18 x Robe LEDBeam 100s and 24 x Robe Pointes.
For the past five years, Fanie Pieterse has operated on the DiGiCo platform and professionally and meticulously ensured excellent audio at the Vodacom CEO Awards. “The DiGiCo is the most flexible console I’ve ever worked on,” said Fanie. “It sounds great, but because it’s so adaptable, working on this platform is made easy. The SD Range is intuitive, enables you to patch the console to anyone’s patch list n

michael-althaus-cory-fitzgerald-and-chris-ferrante-with-the-ldi-2017-award-for-best-use-of-lightAyrton takes gong at LDI 2017 Awards
Monday, 27 November 2017

USA - Ayrton received the LDI 2017 Award for the Most Creative Use of Light at last week’s LDI Show in Las Vegas.
The judges praised “Ayrton’s cool product presentation that physically re-engages the audience to show their products in a unique setting”. The light show was designed by top lighting designer Cory FitzGerald and programmed by Jason Baeri, and accepted on behalf of the company by Ayrton’s global sales manager, Michael Althaus.
Ayrton exhibited in a crystal dome play-zone that showcased all their latest products while visitors were invited to lounge in comfortable gaming chairs. Above them rose a pyramid composed of two opposing triangles of truss that carried bars of 30 alternating MagicPanel-FX and 20 IntelliPix-XT fixtures, flanked by 10 MagicBlade-FX; on the opposite sides were two triangular projection screens for showing off the gobo projections from the new Ghibli LED spot projector, each with a line of eight NandoBeam-S9 wash lights at the base and three MagicBurst graphic strobe units at the pinnacle.
In between the triangular sides were four intersecting spines each loaded with four alternating Ghibli and 5 MagicDot-SX fixtures and edged by 10 Merak LED Fresnel fixtures. Central to the pyramid was a bank of 50 new MiniPanel-FX.
“This was a fun way to show off Ayrton to the American market in a dynamic and ‘real-world’ environment which visitors really seemed to enjoy,” says Althaus. “Cory and Jason did an amazing job with the design and programming, and the layout allowed people to see the show from d

ise2018pressimagefinalv1NEC to create ‘Endless Impressions’ at ISE 2018
Monday, 27 November 2017

The Netherlandds - NEC Display Solutions Europe will showcase its latest display technologies at ISE 2018, with a particular focus on solutions for retail signage, large venues and corporate conferencing.
The ISE show runs on 6-9 February at RAI Amsterdam, where NEC will unveil its new campaign theme, Create Endless Impressions, which highlights how its range of display technologies enables users to create experiences which engage, connect and impress audiences.
The stand highlights will include: NEC’s Direct View LED displays for both indoor and outdoor applications; Large sizes (up to 98”) of its V and P Series of Raspberry Pi-compatible displays, which enable new applications for sensor-based and context-aware signage; NEC’s new professional C Series large format displays for seamless integration (up to 98”); NEC InfinityBoard, the company’s all-in-one meeting room and corporate conferencing solution, which has just started to ship, plus a new flagship 4K installation projector with 35K ANSI lumen and new RB laser technology. 
“From consumer retail to the business boardroom, display technology is changing the way that people experience the world, and interact with others,” said Stefanie Corinth, senior vice president marketing and business development at NEC Display Solutions Europe.
“Businesses and consumers are demanding more than just displays: they are demanding more interactive, immersive and collaborative user experiences. Visitors to ISE will be able to see live demonstrations of NEC’s world-leading technolo

coatsandcollarsHawthorn production for Battersea fundraiser
Wednesday, 22 November 2017

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s annual Collars & Coats Gala Ball returned for its ninth year earlier this month, with Hawthorn on hand - or should that be paw - to deliver full technical production for the star-studded occasion. Taking place at Battersea Evolution, a Smart venue, the creative technical production expert provided lighting, sound, video and staging for the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Even with a guest list packed with some of biggest names of stage, screen and sport, it was Battersea’s four-legged friends that stole the spotlight at the Gala Ball. Battersea’s legendary Guard of Honour, a red carpet lined with the home’s dogs and their handlers, kicked off proceedings before guests settled down to a dinner by Smart Hospitality.
Guests of the two-legged variety were kept well entertained throughout the evening with both a silent and live auction as well as performances from Mica Paris and reggae and pop legends UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue.
Hawthorn used this year’s event branding as inspiration to deliver a stylish production design. Following the concept of A Night of New Beginnings, the versatile space was transformed into a literary heaven by the Battersea Special Events Team and florist Maison de Fleurs, adorned with floral displays incorporating book pages.
With this concept in mind, Hawthorn’s design needed to feature a much softer element than in previous years. For this, the company enhanced the room with extra tungsten sources and fitted

adb-klemantis-artRevitalised ADB lands in Las Vegas
Thursday, 16 November 2017

USA - ADB has landed at the LDI show in Las Vegas alongisde Claypaky and the Osram Group, who acquired the brand in 2016. Through in-depth market insight and advanced technological know-how, it aims to optimise the brand’s products after having updated production all over the world.
“ADB had already pioneered some of the key technologies used in theatre & studio lighting, such as digital dimmers, memory control systems, condenser optics for theatre spotlights and it was strongly established as a leading manufacturer”, says Simone Capeleto, ADB CEO.
“The range of services and products types that ADB now offers is one of the most complete on the market: ADB is mastering software and hardware development, as well as product engineering and production of all key components of a stage lighting system, i.e. luminaires, dimmers, control desks, networks and motorised suspensions.
“From system design through equipment specifications, installation and commissioning, the ADB Project Team provides customised solutions for any kind of stage or studio lighting system. All products quality is certified by officially recognized third parties and the whole newest production is UL approved.”
Claypaky CEO Pio Nahum says: “The theatre sector is rapidly changing with the dramatic breakthrough of LED technology and automation, technologies in which Osram and Claypaky are leaders and innovators. LEDification has eliminated the technical differences that existed between geographical zones, and ADB’s new LED projectors can benefit from a worldwide

adj-ldiADJ sets double debut for LDI 2017
Thursday, 16 November 2017

USA - ADJ Lighting is debuting two new product ranges as well as showcasing other recent additions to its portfolio of lighting, video and effects equipment at LDI 2017.
The company is launching a new video panel range, the Design Series. This system comprises four modular panels of different shapes - DS4 (square), DS4T (triangle), DS4QC (quarter circle) and DS4HC (rectangle) - that can be combined into almost any shape and size of video screens.
The new MOD Series is ADJ’s latest range of professional LED pars. The range comprises four models, each featuring the same casing design, but with a different LED configuration: MOD QW100 (7 x 15W RGBW LEDs), MOD QA60 (4 x 15W RGBA LEDs), MOD HEX100 (7 x 15W RGBWA+UV LEDs) and MOD TW100 (7 x 15W CW/WW/WW/Amber 4-IN-1 variable colour temperature white LEDs – a LED chip made exclusively for ADJ).
The modular design means that the LEDs can slide back into the casing to create a snoot that eliminates side glare, while an optional pearl white housing kit will also be available.
Also on display at LDI 2017 will be ADJ’s LED hybrid moving head, the Vizi CMY300. Powered by a 300W LED engine that offers massive output ideal for large venues and productions, this flexible unit functions interchangeably as a beam, spot or wash fixture.
The ADJ LDI booth will also showcase the latest additions to the company’s Entour Series of professional effects generators. The new 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 im


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