Events News

cadaclormanpreviewCadac roadshow rolls into Las Vegas
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Cadac USA director of operations Ron Lorman is steering the British live mixing console and audio networking company into LDI following appearances at WFX and the AES.
Cadac is exhibiting in LDI Amplify (booth # 3177), the indoor audio pavilion focusing on professional audio equipment and solutions. There, the company is promoting its CDC consoles and MegaCOMMS network.
“The Cadac CDC audio system offers an industry leading mixing and networking solution, dedicated to the highest audio quality and performance requirements of live sound production; with significantly lower signal latency and discernibly higher audio quality than competing solutions,” says Lorman. “CDC MegaCOMMS is a dedicated live production network solution that ensures the superlative audio performance of CDC six and CDC seven series mixing consoles across a complete network.”
Both Ron Lorman and Rob Hughes, European sales & support manager, will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the system and offer an audio demo. CDC six and CDC seven mixing consoles combine 23.5'' high contrast HD touch screen based control surfaces and CDC OS to provide Cadac’s swipeable graphical operator experience; akin to the glass cockpit paradigm in aviation, offering both ease and enhanced speed of operation for professional applications, as well as presenting a less challenging learning curve for less experienced engineers.
Cadac’s legendary mic preamplifier design is coupled with a time-aligned, phase-coherent mix bus architecture, resulting in unparalleled audio quality

doughtyspace-saver-omegaDoughty’s Space Saver Omega makes US debut
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

USA - Doughty Engineering’s new Space Saver Omega will make its US debut at this year’s LDI Show in Las Vegas. The original Space Saver was launched in the US at LDI last year and quickly became one of Doughty’s hit products.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "The original Space Saver was a really simple concept that we designed after considering how cumbersome a clamp can be to store and transport. The idea that it can be folded down and therefore easier to move from place to place, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement and as such we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly.”
He continued: “The Omega version of the Space Saver sees one of Doughty’s Omega clamps permanently fitted to a lumiere with a hinge that locks into place. In the closed position, the lumiere can be put in its flight case neatly and easily without having to dismantle all the pieces, thus eliminating the chances that pieces are lost or mislaid when moving a lumiere from one location or venue to another. Not only is it a more ergonomic solution but it also speeds things up for the lighting technician who might find himself having to move lights into different locations on a rig or for the touring lighting professional for whom time is always of the essence.”
Doughty will also be demonstrating its Atom-G Clamp at this year’s show. The clamp which was released in 2016 has proven to be a big success for Doughty, with its customers revealing just how useful the design of this clamp is

 
 
Reproduced Sound 2017 conference highlights
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

UK - Plenty of exciting activities await visitors to the Institute of Acoustics conference, Reproduced Sound, even before it opens next Wednesday, 22 November, and closes at 6pm on Thursday, 24 November.
At 6.30pm on 21 November there is a coach trip to the Entertainment Engineering subject group at the University of Derby that will include demos of 3D audio. Immediately after the conference, in the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel, Philip Newell will be hosting a workshop on creating the 1970s sound. On Friday morning, 25 November, there’ll be a visit to Green’s Mill - a working 19th century windmill and science centre once owned by physicist George Green (of Green Function fame).
Other highlights include an after-dinner demonstration on the use of VR in theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 22, and a workshop on applications of numerical modelling methods in audio by Patrick Macey on Thursday 23 at 5pm.
The main conference sessions include: the Peter Barnett Memorial Award presentation to Floyd Toole at 9.30am on Wednesday, followed by three further conference sessions: Intelligibility and Sound Reinforcement, Cinema Sound and Room Acoustics. Thursday morning begins with a session on modelling, followed by Measurement, Signal Processing and Loudspeakers and Arrays.
(Jim Evans)

 
robe-ldi-2017-megapointeRobe brings MegaPointe Live to LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Robe (booth 715) will showcase its new MegaPointe multi-functional moving light, bringing all the excitement and buzz of real live performance to the exhibition floor at the Robe City Music Hall which will present the MegaPointe Live show.
Visitors can also see several other new products being shown for the first time at a U.S trade show including the BMFLTM LightMaster and from the PATT range, Pixel PATTTM, PATT 2017TM and onePATT TM.
Visitors can also enjoy the Robe team’s carefully curated atmospheric engineering which will include a Happy Hour on Friday and Saturday from 3 – 6pm complete with their famous Czech hospitality.
Robe and sister company, architectural LED specialist Anolis, which has its own dedicated section of the booth, are looking forward to a lively and buoyant show connecting with existing industry clients, fans and friends as well as making many
Utilizing an exclusive 470W short-arc lightsource, Robe’s diligently crafted MegaPointe optics produce bright parallel beams, incredible gobo projections, together with super-quick movement, smooth CMY colour mixing and a multitude of effects available for splitting and shaping the light in Spot, Beam or Wash modes.
The zoom ranges from 1.8 to 21 degrees in Beam mode – tight, powerful and punchy!
It goes from 3 to 42 degrees in Spot mode with crystal clear high-clarity output through a 150mm diameter front lens, with a stunning total lumen output of 20,375 and an impressive CRI of over 80.
Inventive in-air projections can be created using the new E

 
 
tmblogo-minimalTMB offers technology and hospitality at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - At LDI this year, TMB will once again feature new technology in a comfortable, laid back setting.
Following on the success of the Flare and Flare LR fixtures, this year TMB will introduce the new Flare Q+ Rayzr. The Rayzr offers Flare brightness, control, performance, and video-mapping features in a low-profile, razor-thin format. Flexible mounting and joining options are available for scenery, truss, pipe, and floor. Vertically hang coupled units up to 3m in total length. Rayzr has both silent and super-bright modes, and is available in 50 and 100cm lengths.
ProPlex PowerData, a new addition to TMB’s range of popular cables, is the first and only UL-Listed range of integrated data and mains power cables, 100% legal for extra-hard duty usage per NEC 520 and 530. This range of cables is built to a new, collaboratively developed, UL standard. Both flexible and durable, PowerData cables are designed for long-term portable stage and studio use and provide a previously unavailable combination of convenience and assured safety, says the company.
Other additions to the ProPlex range of touring cables are: PowerData Low-Voltage (LV) 8+2, and ProPlex HD/SDI. PowerData LV 8+2 is a durable CAT6/low-voltage hybrid cable, compatible with the new Neutrik 8+2 XLR connector. It provides full Gigabit Ethernet performance up to 85m, in combination with up to 20Amps of low-voltage power. New, easy-handling ProPlex HD/SDI cables are available in RG-6 and RG-59 formats, with flawless 4K performance sweep-tested to 6 GHz.
The newest members of the venerab

 
kinesys-ldi-2017-dstKinesys to make strong presence at LDI 2017
Monday, 13 November 2017

USA - Automation and motion control manufacturer Kinesys will exhibit at LDI for the first time on its own booth - 843 - where they will be creating a strong presence with an international team and an eye-catching design showing a selection of key products which will be moving and working in situ.
Having focussed on building brand presence in the U.S. in recent years, which has included attending the last few LDIs and walking the floor, the next phase in that strategy explained founder and CEO Dave Weatherhead, “is to put ourselves right in front of potential customers, for which LDI - attracting a wide cross-section of high quality decision makers and influencers - is a perfect opportunity”.
Kinesys will be showing their new Apex system which incorporates the best of Kinesys’ extensive experience working with variable speed chain hoists. Apex offers a range of safe, reliable and rock-solid hoists and controllers designed to maximise the creative options for show, stage and environment designers and operators in all fields of entertainment.
The brand’s l Elevation 1+ variable speed chain hoist control system will also be highlighted. It has become one of the most popular choices for shows and events wanting to move objects of any type.
The Kinesys DST trolley system, a project that has been developed working with leading trussing manufacturer LITEC, will also be one of the products in action.
In addition to these, the action-packed booth will include the Kinesys DigiHoist fixed speed chain motor controllers and visitors can also

 
 
ayrton-ghibliAyrton’s new products make US debut at LDI
Friday, 10 November 2017

USA- Ayrton will present four new products for the first time in the USA at the upcoming LDI show at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.
The company, which has taken booth #2443, is also running a new variation on its light show, which will be designed by LD Cory FitzGerald. Visitors to the booth will also see over 300 new Ayrton fixtures presented in a ‘crystal dome’ and have the chance to sit in special gaming chairs.
The Ayrton products making their US debut at LDI 2017 are Ghibli, Merak, Minipanel-FX and WildSun K25 TC. The fixtures were launched earlier this year at Prolight + Sound Frankfurt and PLASA London respectively.
Ghibli is Ayrton’s first LED spot luminaire and marks an expansion of Ayrton’s Automated Lighting range. Compact, elegant and lightweight, Ghibli delivers an impressive 23,000 lumen output which makes it powerful enough for large scale arenas, and features a 7:1 zoom with a 8.5° - 57° beam spread.
Launched at Prolight+Sound 2017, Ayrton’s Merak 250W RGBW LED wash light is a little powerhouse of technology that features a proprietary 10:1 optical zoom system, with a 7° to 70° zoom and a new Fresnel lens design to ensure perfectly homogenous colour mixing regardless of beam angle.
MiniPanel-FX, a diminutive version of the MagicPanel-FX, indicates the flavour of things to come as Ayrton continues its development of a range of miniaturised versions of its hugely successful FX range.
WildSun K25 TC (True Colour), is an evolution of WildSun K25. It sports a new LED chip that is calibrated to deliver

 
hdproklangdigicoeventHD Pro Audio holds DiGiCo and KLANG showcase
Friday, 10 November 2017

UK - HD Pro Audio is holding a technology showcase in November featuring DiGiCo’s SD12 digital mixing console and the latest developments from KLANG:technologies’ 3D binaural IEM mixing system.
The event, which takes place on Monday 20 November from 12:00PM to 5PM at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, will offer an overview of the SD12 console and an in-depth session on KLANG:technologies’ latest KOS 3.0 software.
There will also be a preview of the new DiGiCo remote feature of KLANG and the KLANG:vektor motion tracker. HD Pro Audio will also have the L-Acoustics Syva loudspeaker system available for evaluation.
Numbers for this free event are limited, so HD Pro Audio are urging anyone wishing to attend to contact them as soon as possible. Bookings can be made on-line at https://goo.gl/sDQP5E
(Jim Evans)

 
 
g5-sideW-DMX brings Generation 5 series to LDI
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - Wireless Solution Sweden will be exhibiting at LDI with TMB, its exclusive distributor in the United States. W-DMX will be in booth 1491, within the TMB village.
The Swedish brand will be showing the new Generation 5 (G5). New features include patent pending tri-band technology, enabling transmission in 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz, bands and new and improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping engine able to survey and adapt its transmission to less congested wireless channels.
Further, W-DMX G5 features the world’s first double-up mode, a new method of doubling the number of universes transmitters per Wireless link (2 universes on F-1 G5 models, and four universes of F-2 G5 models), utilizing the existent hardware, without adding extra antennae. The double-Up feature works on all three frequency bands, allowing users to get more universes at the same cost.
Adding to the list of new features will be the new Personal Connectivity technology, where users will be able to connect any mobile device and directly control their fixtures through any lighting app. With this upgrade, lighting operators, technicians or gaffers will be able to control any corporate event straight from their personal devices, without the need to a lighting console.
The Swedish manufacturer will also be implementing a Wireless Update feature, giving a direct link between products to remotely perform software updates, thus saving time and making service faster and smoother.
The new product series also includes a new facelift to the Micro and WhiteBox series, adding new and us

 
x-laser-mercury-2X-Laser to unveil Project Mercury at LDI
Thursday, 9 November 2017

USA - X-Laser has recently completed Project Mercury - a product that will “change the course of laser history”.
The company has revealed Project Mercury signifies X-Laser’s proprietary system for controlling laser projectors directly from a lighting console.
Mercury-equipped laser fixtures can be discovered, profiled, configured and programmed directly from the lighting console. By leveraging the powerful tools already built into today's lighting desks, LDs can control an array of lasers just like how they’d control an array of moving-head fixtures. For maximum functionality and compatibility, Mercury features DMX+RDM and Art-Net protocols, and will feature sACN (E1.31/E1.33) in the future.
"X-Laser has always been about one thing: bringing lasers to as many people as possible,” Adam Raugh, X-Laser’s president, says. “Using input from our clients, we’ve worked since 2015 to solve a core problem within the lighting industry, that lasers are difficult to integrate into lighting rigs. With Mercury, lighting designers can program a laser projector just like they would program any other moving-head fixture.”
The live debut of Mercury will occur at booth 2285 at LDI in Las Vegas this month.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
cardiff11th Hour on ice for Winter Wonderland
Friday, 3 November 2017

UK - Cardiff based events specialist 11th Hour is beginning preparations for the opening of the flagship ice rink in the city centre on 9 November.
The rink is part of Winter Wonderland presented by Sayers Amusements, which is running for nine weeks and boasting a fairground with big wheel, rides, stalls and an authentic alpine village, complete with Bier Keller. Last year, 60,000 visitors attended the rink, so this year's rink will be larger to accommodate up to 290 skaters at a time.
The 11th Hour team is responsible for every aspect of constructing, maintaining, managing and staffing the rink, which is once again sponsored by Cardiff-based car insurance giants Admiral. A ClearSpan covering structure, capable of withstanding storm-force winds (closure is only necessary if wind speeds exceed 80mph) not only ensures that it remains open for all sessions, but that ice temperature is more easily maintained at a constant temperature within the micro-climate created.
11th Hour director John Davies comments: "Since last year, we've added two new 100kVA generators to our fleet, enabling us to eliminate the need for sub-contractors, which gives us complete control over power to the site, increasing efficiency and further reducing the event's carbon footprint. The lighting of the rink employs more than 4000 energy efficient LED lamps - in line once again with a commitment to green values.
"We run the box office for the event and supply all the operational staff for the rink, ensuring that ice-marshals are trained to the highest standards. We believe t

 
airstarAirstar partners with Régates Royales Cannes
Friday, 3 November 2017

France - Airstar became an official partner to the Régates Royales Cannes this year after five consecutive years of cooperation.
Airstar’s lighting solutions were once again installed at the heart of the historic classic yachting event - the 160th edition of which took place between 23 and 30 September.
Airstar’s Crystal lighting balloons took pride of place, with two 160cm and three 200cm envelope balloons in situ on the docks around the boats and at the stands in the exhibiting village in the centre of Cannes opposite the Palais des Festivals. Some were then relocated to Palm Beach for the evening’s festivities.
With a set up time of just 15 minutes, yet designed to withstand tough outdoor conditions including wind gusts of up to 70 km/h, the Crystal range is perfectly suited to an event of this nature and are maintenance free. The Crystal lighting balloons can be fitted with either LED or halogen lamps, and are equipped with an extremely quiet fan for cooling rendering them almost silent, making it the perfect solution for high end events.
For this prestigious event, the team at the Cannes office of Airstar European Network (AEN) fitted six 400 watts halogen lamps in each Crystal balloon, making each of them capable of lighting up a surface of 1,500sqm.
With its larger surface area, the two metres wide balloons also carried partner logos on each side for additional impact, giving Air Mauritius, Champagne Comte de Cheurlin and the Mauritius Island outstanding visibility towards a prestigious audience.
Pascal Gard, race dir

 
 
altman-lighting-at-ldi-2017Altman Lighting brings imagination to LDI 2017
Thursday, 2 November 2017

USA - Altman Lighting is preparing a showcase of its theatrical and architectural lighting innovations at LDI 2017. At booth #2236, the company will present the complete family of Chalice LED recessed and pendant downlights, the line of Gallery LED architectural luminaires, and also the award-winning Pegasus LED Fresnels and PHX LED profile ellipsoidals.
The Chalice LED Series range of downlights is available with mounting options that include pendant, recessed, aircraft cable, wall and yoke mount; and dimming choices ranging from Mains Dimming to DMX.
Designed for museum, art gallery, hotel, restaurant and retail lighting, the Gallery LED Series offers a 92+ CRI and dimming options that include Mains Dimming, DMX, 0-10VDC and DALI. With variety of colour temperatures, this scalable family produces 4000 lumens of white light output, and can be used to build your solutions through profile, beam wash, wall wash and flood options.
Available as a 6-inch or 8-inch white output solution, the Pegasus LED Fresnel is both a Mains Dimmable and DMX controlled luminaire that replicates the soft light output that is expected from a theatrical or studio Fresnel. At under 150W, Pegasus meets the output of its 750-watt incandescent counterparts and is also available in four different colour temperatures with a 10-70 degree spot-to-flood beam spread.
The award-winning line of PHX LED Ellipsoidals are designed and engineered with a number of innovative features without sacrificing performance. The PHX line is available as a 150W Profile or Zoom, plus a 250W Pro

 
absolutColours of Ostrava bolstered with Chauvet DJ
Thursday, 2 November 2017

Czech Republic - Colours of Ostrava is the biggest international music festival in Czech Republic and one of the largest in Central Europe. With its unique location at the Dolní oblast Vítkovice, an old Czechoslovak mine with UNESCO World Heritage status, the festival draws some of the biggest musical acts from around the globe. This year, it treated fans to performances from the likes of Imagine Dragons and alt-J on five stages.
Tasked with creating a high octane lighting rig for one of the festival’s Absolut stage, lighting designer Martin Vocetka supplied a number of Chauvet DJ Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC and Chauvet DJ SlimPAR Pro H USB fixtures.
Vocetka used four Intimidator Spot 375Z IRC fixtures from Chauvet DJ to set the right visual tone for the intense musical performances on stage. Particularly stunning was the interaction between the Intimidators and the huge mirror suspended above the crowd at a 45° angle. Thanks to the Intimidator’s dual rotating prisms, they were able to create memorable aerial effects and looks with refracted coloured beams of light.
“The Intimidators provided extremely powerful and versatile looks throughout the whole stage area,” commented Vocetka. “We were able to create huge aerial effects by reflecting the spots off the large mirror, which created a cornucopia of colour and energy to support the music.”
While the Intimidator Spot fixtures provided the necessary energy for the crowd, to the festival organiser’s delight, the powerful aerial effects also ensured that attention was focused upon

 
 
wings-engine-raw-webAV Stumpfl to present projection screen accessory and media servers at LDI 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Austria - AV technology manufacturer AV Stumpfl will present a projection screen accessory prototype, a line-up of projection screens and media server products at this year’s LDI exhibition in Las Vegas.
The T-32 Shift projection screen leg allows an easy adjustment of the height of a a mobile projection screen without the need of disassembly. T-32 Shift is compatible with all AV Stumpfl 32mm projection screen frames. It will be officially released at the beginning of 2018, but LDI visitors have the opportunity to experience the latest prototype hands-on at the AV Stumpfl booth.
The company will also present their latest media server hardware and software products, including Wings Vioso RX 2.0, which will feature the Hot-Backup option, allowing users to specify hot backup clients for multiple playout clients.
The Wings Engine RAW 8K server will also be shown at the exhibition. AV Stumpfl claims it’s the most powerful media server of its kind for uncompressed content playback, and can deliver up to four simultaneous streams of uncompressed 4K (4:4:4) content at 60fps.
Booth visitors will also be able to try out the automatic Wings Vioso camera-calibration feature and interactive Wings Touch controls.
AV Stumpfl will exhibit at the LDI show on 17-19 November at booth #1461 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 
sales-trainingLast few places for PLASA Sales Training
Tuesday, 17 October 2017

UK - PLASA continues its business training programme with an intensive one-day course covering all aspects of Key Customer Management. The aim of the day is to help delegates develop a range of business analysis and planning skills using proven techniques. Content includes an examination of where the company is currently, techniques for increasing effectiveness, analysing your top 20 customers, the eight-step negotiation framework and much more. As with all PLASA courses, numbers are limited to enable a highly interactive and personal approach.
The next course takes place on Thursday 26 October 2017 at Leisuretec in Leighton Buzzard.
Find out more and book at www.eventbrite.co.uk.

 
 
ssl-network-i-o-rangeSSL shows Dante audio networks at AES
Monday, 16 October 2017

USA - Solid State Logic is introducing four new broadcast specification audio interfaces for Dante/AES67 audio networks at the forthcoming AES/NAB show in New York.
SSL is releasing the A16.D16, the A32, the D64 and the Dante PCIeR and the company’s entire Network I/O range will be available for demonstration at AES Hall Booth 522.
SSL’s Network I/O is a range of full broadcast specification interfaces that use Dante technology and AES67 transport to connect to AoIP network systems. The range includes SSL’s SuperAnalogueTM analogue circuit design with its superior audio performance mic/line, MADI, AES, and SDI interfaces.
The new Network I/O A16.D16 offers a combination of SSL’s renowned SuperAnalogueTM preamp design with its superior audio performance and AES3 digital I/O to Dante and AES67-based IP networks. It features 16 line inputs - four of which also have switchable mic circuits, 16 line outputs,16 digital I/O in 8 AES3 pairs, and four GPIOs. A16.D16 includes redundant network connections and PSUs.
The release of the A16.D16, the A32, the D64 and PCIeR brings the number of products in the Network I/O range to nine. Other units in the range provide MADI and SDI conversion and a range of Stageboxes. All units are available now.
(Jim Evans)

 
cadaclormanpreview1Cadac shows full CDC mix experience at AES
Monday, 16 October 2017

USA - Cadac is exhibiting its latest CDC six and CDC seven live sound production consoles, and MegaCOMMS ultra-high speed, high definition audio network platform at AES in New York.
The company is demonstrating two medium format single screen CDC six consoles and a larger format dual touchscreen CDC seven console, operating with the very latest CDC OS and running on the MegaCOMMS network via the CDC MC Router, on its booth.
Ron Lorman, the newly appointed director of operations for Cadac USA, has set up a live CDC six ‘mixing experience’ demo at Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) on 520 West, 25th Street, NY. The desk will be driving a Funktion One EVO 7 for FOH PA experience and Genelec studio monitors for a control room experience. “Both set ups will provide an extraordinary and unique listening experience,” says Lorman.
The demo will run throughout the duration of the AES, including during the evenings after the show closes. Anyone who would like to demo the CDC six live at SIR should contact Ron Lorman, either on the AES booth #758 or email him at ron@cadac-sound.com to arrange an appointment any time during the show.
Lorman will also be presenting Digital Console Performance and State of Live Audio at 5pm on the 19 October (day two of the expo), as part of the Live Sound Expo. Once this session has finished there is an open invitation to come and audition the CDC six at Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
art100001-1Prolight Concepts Group enjoys "busiest PLASA"
Friday, 13 October 2017

UK - The Prolight Concepts Group has been enjoying “a super exciting and busy year” following the release of its new 2017/18 catalogue and showcasing its full product portfolio at its busiest PLASA Show to date.
“Not only has our 21st year seen the publication of our first comprehensive printed catalogue in several years, but we have also released an astonishing amount of exciting new products for the entertainment, professional installation, architectural and leisure markets,” reports the company. “This long-standing show has been in the limelight for 40 years now, giving us a great platform to showcase our innovative products. Speaking of innovate products, our eLumen8 LED Tour Batten TW was featured in the Innovation Gallery during the PLASA Show, and was entered into the PLASA Awards for Innovation
“The footfall on our stand for all three days was phenomenal, and we can say that this has been the biggest and best PLASA Show ever for ourselves, which is important as a leading company in the industry.
“We went for a more relaxed look and feel on our stand this year, allowing our team to interact with potential and current customers. This was the first chance for people to see many of our newest products in action including the eLumen8 LED Tour Batten TW and Evora 1000 Spot Moving Head, LEDJ QB1 Battery Uplighters, Dancefloors, Event Spot Series, Rubix and COB fixtures along with our latest offerings from Global Truss including the GT Stage Deck. We also took along the Kuzar lifters which we have recently added to our portfolio and ha

 
Prolight + Sound Shanghai opens this week
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

China - The global event and entertainment industry is gearing up for the opening of Prolight + Sound Shanghai this week from 11 – 14 October. The four exhibition halls of N1 – N4 spanning 45,000sq.m of the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, will stage over 630 brands and companies from 23 countries and regions.
Experts from various local and overseas associations will also address the latest innovative technologies in the fields of 3D audio, acoustics technology, AoIP, lighting design, studio recording, sound systems and event safety.
Now in its 15th edition, the fair will continue to feature a strong international presence with a wide range of offerings. Participating brands include Audio-Technica, Beta-3, Concord, DGX, Eastern Edison, EM Acoustics, ENEWAVE, Fidek, Great Wall, Harman International, LaON, Lewitt, LiteLEES, NEXT-proaudio, Neutrik, Peavey, Prolyte, SE Audiotechnik, Shure, Soundking, TW Audio and Yamaha. Newcomers to this edition also include: Antelope Audio, AV Link, BBS, BFC, Digisynthetic, Lavoce, LYNX, Restmoment, RME, Voice-Acoustic, ShowTex and Wanledi.
Ms Judy Cheung, deputy general manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd remarked: “Prolight + Sound Shanghai always has its finger on the pulse of times. Year by year, the show is growing – not only in size, but also in its internationality and offerings. I believe the key to our success lies in our understanding of the ever-evolving industry.
“This year, we’ve forged new partnerships with industry associations from Korea and Russia, and also launched

 
 
unusual-riggingUnusual reflects on successful PLASA Rigging Conference
Tuesday, 10 October 2017

UK - Delegates who attended the 2017 PLASA Rigging Conference at London Olympia last month have hailed the new format a success, according to the event's Platinum sponsor Unusual Rigging.
The 8th annual conference commenced with the traditional opening address – this year from industry legend Morris Lyda who talked about working with the likes of Phil Collins and Genesis while addressing the key entertainment basics, their shortcomings, values, obscurities and a contemplation of its uncertainties.
The speech was brought to life by cartoonist Matt Lawrence who worked closely with Morris and Unusual's Robin Elias to create a series of drawings – as well as providing a series of tongue in cheek caricatures of those who attended the event.
This was followed by a programme of subjects for debate – the morning session was chaired by Unusual's Alan Jacobi and debated the issues raised in Morris’s opening, particularly focussing on whether creativity in show production has been affected by such things as budget constraints, risk management, H&S, CDM; while the afternoon session chaired by Mark Surtees of Outback Rigging took a more detailed look at questions raised during the year and topical subjects including the impact of Brexit on working time, standards and touring, working at height on trusses and who has the final word on site.
Alan Jacobi, managing director at Unusual commented: "This year's conference really provided attendees with some food for thought which turned into some focussed, controversial and sometimes heated debate. Bu

 
Carlo Ratti to address ISE conference
Friday, 29 September 2017

The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Europe has announced that Carlo Ratti, the leading architect, engineer, inventor, and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will present the ISE opening address on 5 February 2018.
Ratti’s speech will follow shortly after the conclusion of the Smart Building Conference during which Ratti will participate in the one-day conference’s closing roundtable discussion.
Ratti commented: “I am delighted to be giving the opening address at ISE 2018. Social and technological developments in the evolution of smart cities and smart buildings are quickly shaping how we must plan to work and live in the future. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences with the ISE audience.”
At MIT, Ratti directs the Senseable City Lab, a research group that explores how new technologies are changing the way we understand, design and ultimately live in cities.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
campfire-sessionsShowman’s Show reveals Campfire programme
Thursday, 28 September 2017

UK - The programme for the 2017 Campfire Sessions has been revealed by Showman’s Show organiser, Lance Show & Publications. Making a return to Newbury Showground on 18-19 October, the dedicated stream of workshops and panel discussions will play host to a range of topics and well-known industry speakers.
A session moderated by Production Services Association general manager Andy Lenthall entitled Are you an event freelancer? will kick-start the event at 10.15am on Wednesday, 18 October, providing tips and advice on taxation, insurance and how to win work.
Also confirmed is a session delivered by Iren De Pasquale, an assessor for A Greener Festival. The scheme has assessed over 400 festivals on their environmental management over the past 10 years. In 2017, it launched the Greener Event Award, opening the scheme up to the event industry as a whole. Taking place at 11.45am on Wednesday, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about their work and how to get involved, gaining insight in to the latest challenges and actions following this summer’s assessments of 37 events across 12 countries.
This will be followed at 2pm by a session entitled How to successfully geo-clone your event; as more and more event organisers take successful events and repeat them in different parts of the UK and around the world, the discussion will deliver handy tips for getting it right, as well as providing a platform for attendees to ask questions of the experienced panel.
At 10:15am on Thursday 19 October, Katie McPhee, head of marketing

 
basic-lighting-workshop-invitationExperienced LD to lead theatre lighting workshops at DWR Distribution
Thursday, 28 September 2017

South Africa - Lighting designer Michael Taylor-Broderick will present a two-day theatre lighting workshop at DWR Distribution in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in October.
A respected lighting designer with over 15 years’ experience, Michael will mentor up-and-coming lighting designers, technicians and anyone else who has a passion for theatre.
The course will cover a range of topics from the objectives of stage lighting to the elements of design. Working on a vast range of theatrical productions, Michael has a wealth of information to share.
The training will kick off at DWR Cape Town on the 17-18 October from 9am to 5pm. The next stop will be DWR Durban, where the course will be held on 23-24 October before visiting Johannesburg on 26-27 October.
The cost is R1 700.00 and this covers lunch and refreshments. Bookings should please be made on line at: http://dwrdistribution.co.za/register/theatreworkshop-2/
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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