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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:
(Jim Evans)

ald-koi17-rickfisherwieldshisswordforlifetimeachievementALD recognises its Knights of Illumination
Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UK - As co-organiser of the Knights of Illumination (KOI) Awards with The Fifth Estate, The STLD, international lighting designer Durham Marenghi and his wife Jennie, the Association of Lighting Designers would like to recognise with great pride its own members amongst the 24 designers to be ‘knighted’ and bestowed with the emblematic sword trophy.
More ALD members than ever before took a well-earned place in the KOI 2017 short lists for theatre, television and concert & touring events.
This year’s event, held at London’s Eventim Apollo marked the KOI Awards’ tenth anniversary. The occasion was a bold reminder of both the stature of the awards and the powerful impact of the production visuals of lighting and video design it has highlighted to the eyes of the wider industry and media.
Among the successful ALD members in the Theatre section of the Awards, Richard Howell won The ADB Theatre Award for Plays for his design for Guards at the Taj at The Bush Theatre. Judge, Matt Trueman, claimed, “Richard conjured the majesty of looking at the Taj Mahal through light alone.”
In the same section, David Hersey – fellow and former chairman of the ALD – scooped The PRG XL Video Theatre Award for Musicals with his design for Fiddler on the Roof in Chichester, whilst The Robert Juliat Theatre Award for Opera went to Simon Corder for his ‘claustrophobic’ and ‘suffocating’ lighting of Opera Holland Park’s The Queen of Spades.
In the television category, Bernie Davis received a sword for his work on

dmxcatplasainnovationDMXcat wins PLASA Award for Innovation
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - City Theatrical’s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool received a 2017 PLASA Innovation Award at the PLASA Show in London.
The judges said DMXcat was "A compact multifunction DMX analyser that will be a useful addition to many technicians' toolboxes".
Earlier this year, DMXcat was also named the ABTT 2017 Lighting Product of the Year, and a Live Design Excellence Awards Product of the Year.
City Theatrical‘s DMXcat Multifunction Test Tool makes it easy for anyone to control, analyze, or test any DMX lighting fixture, whether it’s a simple LED PAR or a complex moving light. The system consists of a small hardware dongle and a suite of mobile applications. Together, they combine to bring wireless DMX and RDM control plus other useful functions to the user’s smartphone.
The DMXcat solves the problem faced by all users of modern lighting equipment: How to turn on and test DMX lighting gear without using a complicated lighting console. The DMXcat works with both Android and iPhones. The DMXcat hardware dongle is a compact battery powered unit, which fits easily in a pocket or tool pouch or may be worn on a belt.
(Jim Evans)

plasa-showPLASA Show celebrates successful return to West London
Monday, 25 September 2017

UK - The 40th anniversary of the PLASA Show saw its refocussed direction paying dividends, with an increase in visitor numbers, a sold-out show floor and a 25% increase in the number of audio companies exhibiting. Exhibitors reported continually busy stands and a high quality of visitor across all three days, with a particular increase in the number of international attendees, whilst visitors were pleased with the number of brand new products on show and the content rich seminar programme.
“The quality of the people was bang on,” says Mick Hannaford from the show’s platinum sponsor, Robe. “The amazing thing from our point of view was the amount of lighting designers attending, especially on the Sunday, and not just from the UK, but mainland Europe, too. It was a really impressive. Undoubtedly, the move back to West London is making that happen. Every time I looked, there were lots of conversations going on around the show floor. I think every exhibitor should be happy. It was magic!”
Emphasising the increased appeal for the audio sector was the number of new products launched at the show, which included Harman’s Vi1000 digital mixing console on the stand of its UK distributor Sound Technology Ltd, Adamson’s IS-Series installation loudspeakers and KV2 Audio’s VHD 2.18J subwoofer. On the SSE Audio Group stand there was a line-up of new products on display including the recently launched DiGiCo SD12 digital mixing console and Sennheiser Digital 6000 Series microphones, Speechline Digital Wireless conference system and XS Wireless 1 and 2 voca

dsc8824Art-Net inventor Wayne Howell wins Gottelier award
Thursday, 21 September 2017

UK - Wayne Howell, founder of Artistic Licence and the inventor of the Art-Net ethernet lighting protocol, has been honoured with the 2017 Gottelier award at the PLASA London show.
Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Wayne Howell founded Artistic Licence in 1988. He was a major contributor to the development of DMX512-A in the 1990s, and released his free, public domain Art-Net protocol a few years later. Art-Net is now in its fourth version and has been adopted by hundreds of manufacturers worldwide.
Wayne has continued to expand and diversify the Artistic Licence brand, and is well known for his books, articles and seminars.
Artistic Licence enjoyed a cracking show at London Olympia, with a hugely popular set based around a Van de Graaff generator to demonstrate the electrical resilience of its splitters and gateways.
Visitors were entertained as company mascot Captain DMX was repeatedly edged towards the generator, creating a 400,000V surge directly into the company's new product, DMX-Protect. On the output a DMX controller and fixture continued to function happily, and the DMX-Protect itself easily survived three days of continued abuse!
Also on show, the moody programmable LED controllers made for an eye-catching display, having been updated with a choice of cover plates in contemporary material finishes

le-markUndefeated! The PAL Label Challenge at PLASA 2017
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

UK - On its first ever public outing at PLASA 2017, Le Mark’s new PAL Label Challenge was attempted by some of the shows strongest visitors and exhibitors, but remained completely undefeated.
“The PAL Label Challenge is so much fun. It gets really competitive between friends and colleagues but so far, no one has made it budge.” Said Le Mark’s marketing & strategy manager, Mark Gibbons.
What’s the PAL Label Challenge? Le Mark wanted an entertaining way to demonstrate the raw strength of the adhesive they use in selected PAL Road Case Labels. With the help of with 5 Star Cases, they designed a set of flight case plates, fitted with heavy duty handles and stuck them together using the very same super-strength foam adhesive used in their foam-backed PAL Labels. The challenge is to see if anyone has the strength to pull them apart.
With no one successfully completing the Challenge at PLASA, the search continues…
(Jim Evans)

shureukrentalawardsseSSE Audio is Shure UK Rental Partner of the Year
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

UK - Shure UK announced SSE Audio as its 2017 UK Rental Partner of the Year during the PLASA Show at London's Olympia. The award was given to SSE Audio's group managing director John Penn and co-founder Heather Penn at the Shure PLASA stand during the second day at the show, by Shure UK's Pro Audio Group manager Tuomo Tolonen and area sales manager Stuart Moots.
"Shure's excellent relationship with SSE Audio spans several decades, during which time they've been a highly valued rental partner for us - but this past year, we've worked especially closely together with them," noted Tuomo Tolonen following the handing over of the award.
"SSE were involved with beta-testing for Axient Digital, our new flagship digital wireless microphone system, and this provided us with valuable feedback and allowed SSE to get first-hand experience with the system. After Axient Digital began shipping, SSE was amongst the first companies in the world to invest in it and to deploy it at high-profile events - with excellent results. In short, our relationship with them as trusted partners has gone from strength to strength this year, and this award is our way of recognising that."
“Shure has been a pioneer in microphone technology for over 50 years," commented John Penn. “In fact, 40 years ago, the first trade account we ever opened was with Shure. Over the past 12 months, we’ve invested in the latest Shure technology as we recognise the benefits it brings to our hire customers. With the ever-increasing demands on the RF spectrum and the high channel count that produc

robe-plasa-2017-pla171204111Robe enjoys mega PLASA Show
Wednesday, 20 September 2017

UK - PLASA 2017 proved a lively, energetic and vibey hub for meeting the UK’s lighting and visual designer community and other creatives commented Robe UK’s MD Mick Hannaford, words echoed by the moving light manufacturer’s CEO Josef Valchar, stating, “We have enjoyed seeing many individuals, companies and organisations from all over the UK as well as several from Europe – the quality of the visitors and the networking opportunities were really excellent this year!”
The annual trade show was again staged at the Olympia exhibition centre in west London over three days, with Robe’s large, high-impact stand right at the heart of the domed ceiling hall, attracting massive attention with a specular dance / light performance live show.
This year, the product focus was on Robe’s just launched MegaPointe multi-functional moving light.
Another stunning booth design complete with elaborate draping and dressing continued the theme of theatrical spaces around the world in which to showcase Robe’s diverse range of products.
The stand design and the live show’s direction and choreography was conceived entirely by Robe’s own creative team led by Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. The show starred Jake Stephens - a talented freestyle dancer who has auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent - together with 42 x MegaPointes.
The hourly live show, with a robot-brought-to-life narrative and an elaborate post industrial stage set - was complete with dynamic soundtrack which took the global launch MegaPointe video presentation as its starting

awards17PLASA Awards for Innovation 2017 winners announced
Tuesday, 19 September 2017

UK - Organised by LSi magazine, the 2017 PLASA Awards for Innovation took place at the end of a very busy Monday at this year’s PLASA Show. Hosted by PLASA’s managing director Peter Heath, the awards aim to recognise and reward outstanding new product ideas. 
The Awards garner a huge amount of respect because they are independently and impartially judged by an invited team of industry experts.
To win an Award for Innovation and Sustainability, a nominated product had to satisfy the chairman of judges that it met the criteria for Innovation by clearly showing that it demonstrates a new style of thinking; improves technical practice; introduces new technology, new materials or new techniques; includes patents or unique intellectual property; offers a new commercial advantage, or improves safety.
“This year we saw an incredible 40 products nominated, rather fittingly for our 40th year,” says Peter. “The judges can give up to eight Awards of equal standing - plus they have the option to make one or more of these a ‘GOLD’ Award - to recognise products they believe stand out above the others. They also have the option to present the PLASA Award for Sustainability, for products which offer a significant reduction of power usage; or make effective use of renewable energy sources; or which offer a significant reduction in environmental impact of its product lifecycle.”
The judges awarded all eight trophies and the winners were:
City Theatrical for the DMXcat
The judges said: "A compact multifunction DMX ana

10th-koi-winners24 lighting designers knighted at 10th Knight of Illumination Awards
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - Sunday 17 September marked the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards, held at the Eventim Apollo in London. During the dazzling evening event, 24 respected designers were 'knighted' - and bestowed with the iconic KOI sword.
The event was skillfully compered by the inimitable Ola Melzig, an internationally renowned technical director perhaps best known for his tireless work on the annual Eurovision Song Contest - the world's biggest televised music event.
More than 500 entertainment technology industry professionals gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the many international lighting and video designers whose work on shows across the UK earned them a coveted place on the shortlist for this year's KOI Awards. The winners are as follows:
Winner of The ADB Theatre Award for Plays:
Richard Howell for Guards at the Taj
Winner of The ETC Theatre Award for Dance:
Fabiana Piccioli for Echoes
Winner of The PRG XL Video Theatre Award for Musicals:
David Hersey for Fiddler on the Roof
Winner of The Hawthorn Theatre Award for Projection Design:
Lysander Ashton for City of Glass
Winner of The Robert Juliat Theatre Award for Opera:
Simon Corder for The Queen of Spades
Winner of The Light Initiative Television Award for Events:
Bernie Davis for BBC1's Festival of Remembrance
Winner of The Philips Vari-Lite Television Award for Drama:

show-floorPLASA Show celebrates 40th anniversary
Monday, 18 September 2017

UK - The PLASA Show’s second year at London Olympia marks its 40th anniversary. It may be 40 years old, but the show has moved with the times, adapting its offering to accommodate the shift in how companies want to exhibit.
There are over 200 brands on the show floor this year, displaying the very latest pro audio, lighting, AV, staging and rigging technology. New audio products on show include: Adamson’s IS-Series of loudspeakers; d&b audiotechnik’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source loudspeakers; FBT Audio’s VENTIS and Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. New lighting releases include Chauvet’s Maverick MK2 Profile; Elation’s Artiste Dali; Eaton’s Zero 88 FLX S and Robe’s new MegaPointe.
This year’s enhanced seminar programme sees more than 100 industry experts giving key-note talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions. Sessions will cover hot topics in the industry such as 3D audio, preparing for the loss of 700MHz, using video design to support theatrical lighting, and familiar favourites, such as the annual Rigging Conference and Forum, and Dante training workshop.
In the Audio & AV Theatre, sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin will talk about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance at The Barbican; veteran industry journalist Phil Ward is hosting two panel sessions - 360 Degrees of Sound, which will take a look at 3D audio, and dealing with architects and consultants, in the intriguingly entitled Was Le Corbusi

london17-pressPLASA Show returns this Sunday for 40th anniversary edition
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - As the PLASA Show’s second year at London Olympia and its 40th anniversary approaches this Sunday, 17 September, there is much to look forward to. It may be 40 years old, but the show has moved with the times, adapting its offering to accommodate the shift in how companies want to exhibit.
There will be over 200 brands on the show floor this year, displaying the very latest pro audio, lighting, AV, staging and rigging technology. New audio products on show will include: Adamson’s IS-Series of loudspeakers; d&b audiotechniks’s 24S and 24S-D and 21S-SUB point source loudspeakers; FBT Audio’s VENTIS and Shure’s Axient Digital Wireless System. New lighting releases include: Chauvet’s Maverick MK2 Profile; Elation’s Artiste Dali; Eaton’s Zero 88 FLX S and Robe’s brand new MegaPointe.
This year’s enhanced seminar programme, will see more than 100 industry experts giving key-note talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions. Sessions will cover hot topics in the industry such as 3D audio, preparing for the loss of 700MHz, using video design to support theatrical lighting, and familiar favourites, such as the annual Rigging Conference and Forum, and Dante training workshop.
In the Audio & AV Theatre, sound designers Gareth Fry and Pete Malkin will talk about their incredible work to build a shifting world of sound on The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s solo performance at The Barbican; veteran industry journalist Phil Ward is hosting two panel sessions - 360 Degrees of Sound, which will

ttconf17Theatres Trust Conference 2017 programme
Friday, 15 September 2017

UK - Theatres Trust has announced the programme of speakers for Conference 17: Theatres & Placemaking which will take place on 17 October at the Lyric Hammersmith, London.
Speakers will be discussing the role of theatres and the wider cultural infrastructure within placemaking. Teams behind recent theatre projects will explore how community and placemaking plays a fundamental role in the future proofing of their venues with Storyhouse Chester, Tara Arts, New Diorama Theatre, Royal Town Planning Institute, Argent LLP and others joining in the discussions.
Jon Morgan, director of Theatres Trust says: “Conference 17 will stimulate conversations around theatre buildings and their role in placemaking – ranging from their impact on vibrancy of place and the local economy, the physical and philosophical relationship of theatre buildings to their community and their contribution to wellbeing and identity. Our speakers and case studies bring with them a wealth of fascinating stories and experience from across the country.”
The annual conference, now in its eleventh year, has attracted a high number of key decision makers, influencers and practitioners from the cultural sector, from theatre operators and local authority planners, to developers and architects, theatre suppliers, manufacturers and installers.
In a break from the usual format delegates will be able to participate in a range of plenary and break-out sessions whilst listening to inspiring case studies to inform their discussions.
Conference 17 Speakers include: Dr Cara Courag

vectorworksVectorworks Spotlight User Conference scheduled
Thursday, 14 September 2017

UK - Vectorworks has announced details of its annual Vectorworks Spotlight Conference where the company will provide further details on Vectorworks decision to open its first ever office outside the US here in the UK. Operational since mid-August, this initiative is testament to the importance of the UK market, its customers and partners to Vectorworks, inc.
This conference is for Vectorworks Spotlight users and any designers looking at Vectorworks as a software solution.
Speakers will include a Vectorworks Key Spotlight Developer, the Vectorworks UK Spotlight Evangelist and “inspiring speakers who will help you add value to your designs and share their latest tips and tricks”.
Says Vectorworks, “As this event is being organised for our customers using the Spotlight software if there is anything you would particularly like covered during the day please let us know on the registration form so we can add it to the agenda.”
The event will take place on Tuesday 3 October 2017, 09:30-13:00 hours, at the Cavendish Conference Centre 22 Duchess Mews, London W1G 9DT. Attendance is free, but places are limited. Register now to reserve your place.
(Jim Evans)

sh-nationalS+H adds star quality to National Eisteddfod
Wednesday, 13 September 2017

UK - S+H Technical Support provided substantial quantities of its LED starcloth product to production designer Sid Scott of Scott Callaghan Art Production for the 2017 National Eisteddfod of Wales.
The nine-day event was staged in a large field near Bodedern on Ynys Môn (the Isle of Anglesey), around eight miles from Caergybi (Holyhead) and approximately 20 miles from Bangor on mainland Wales.
The main entertainment hub on site was the Pafiliwn, a 40m deep 1,800 capacity pavilion built by Neptunus Structures, which was new in 2016, and once again utilised throughout the Eisteddfod for a diverse mix of entertainment, from a Sunday service to rock concerts, stand-up comedy, etc. in the evenings as well as a variety of competitions – dance, poetry, music, etc. – during the daytime.
Sid created the Pafiliwn production design in close collaboration with lighting director Nigel Catmur, Eisteddfod producer Medwyn Parri and Huw Aled Jones, the Eisteddfod’s head of technical operations.
Their objective was to create an immersive theatrical environment in the venue that would help engage the audience and take them on a journey for each performance, transforming the white box-style marquee into an exciting and invigorating live experience.
Having used the Neptunus structure for the first time last year, the team wanted to make several enhancements to the presentation space this year.
The LED starcloth wrap ran 120m down both sides of the structure and behind the audience, and also around two sets of 15m wide stage wings - stage left an

zero-88-plasa-2017-flx-s24-and-flx-s48-consolesEaton launches Zero 88 FLX S at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Eaton is expanding its award-winning Zero 88 FLX range with two powerful, all-new lighting control consoles designed for applications where space, time, ease of use and flexibility are key factors.
FLX S24 and FLX S48 are affordable, easy to use and fun. They control 48 and 96 fixtures respectively to bring the power, simplicity and cost-efficiency for which Zero 88 are renowned.
Recognising that programming time continues to become ever-tighter and more precious, Zero 88 has streamlined key elements of FLX S to assist with all the prep work, getting the user ready to operate even quicker.
RigSync, nominated for a PLASA Innovation Award, keeps FLX S fully synchronised with the lighting rig, without any need for the user to understand DMX or even think about patching.
Guidancehelps the user through key features of the console, allowing them to learn and refresh their skills at their own pace.
Colour is at the core of the operating architecture, providing quick and accurate control of colour changing fixtures via the four encoder wheels and the 7” multi-touch display - offering Zero 88’s award winning colour and image picking interfaces and access to Mood Boards by LEE Filters.
Moving lights can be intuitively controlled using the multi-touch pan / tilt grid or the encoder wheels – hugely popular and familiar to the majority of console operators - or by applying automatic movement effects such as ‘figure 8’, ‘rainbow’ and ‘fly-in’.
For speed, convenience and familiarity, regular functions have dedicate

taking-performance-to-the-next-stage-300dpiAC-ET demos BroadWeigh at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - An attention grabbing 3.5m truss gantry will be one of the main attractions on A.C. Entertainment Technologies' (AC-ET) stand at this year's PLASA London as it prepares to offer live demonstrations of BroadWeigh's wireless load cell technology.
As BroadWeigh's UK product partner, AC-ET will be giving visitors to stand E30 the chance to see the 4.75 tonne and 3.25 tonne shackles work in a live environment mapped to BroadWeigh's LOG100 software.
Matthew Millward, rigging division sales manager for AC-ET said: "Our partnership with BroadWeigh has always been extremely important to us as a company, both from a brand perspective and from a frontier technology point of view. Over the seven or so years that we have supported the brand and showed the BroadWeigh product on our stands at tradeshows, it has become apparent that showing the system in a real world environment helps our customers to better realise the full potential of the product."
He continued: "Through the course of our partnership we have seen many new additions to the product family along with upgrades and improvements to the existing products too – showing these changes on an annual basis also conveys to the end user, that the brand is not stagnant, is forward thinking and innovating. By far the most exciting aspects to new customers is the power behind the Log100 software, although when it comes to devices the Wind Speed Sensor is often the most intriguing."
Jonathan Purdue, BroadWeigh's business development manager at BroadWeigh added: "PLASA is an important show for us – i

pole-op-1Doughty gears up for IBC and PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Doughty Engineering is set to unveil a new version of its popular Space Saver this month. The Space Saver Omega will make its debut on the company's stand at IBC in Amsterdam on the 15 September and on 17 September at PLASA London.
Mark Chorley, design engineer at Doughty said: "We introduced the original Space Saver this time last year – 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 store and transport, has really been a huge benefit to our customers. But we always see room for improvement – we've made a few tweaks to make the item even more user friendly. It's all under wraps – a little bit cloak and dagger at the moment – but we're confident our customers won't be disappointed."
Doughty will also release a face-lifted Grip Head at IBC. Mark explained: "The new Grip Head has been made using new tooling to improve the overall finish and gripping qualities. We're sure our customers who are already familiar with the product will really notice the difference."
Doughty's new Pole Operated Yoke as well as its range of clamps, pantographs and other kit designed with the film and TV industry in mind will feature on the IBC stand whilst at PLASA, Doughty's Three Position Tank Trap will also make an appearance alongside industry favourites like the Modular Rigging System.
Mark concluded: "Year on year we are going from strength to strength, both within the broadcast industry, in the world of theatre and live enter

followspotozRobert Juliat debuts followspots at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Robert Juliat will be exhibiting at the 40th PLASA show at London’s Olympia on Stand K38 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
The company’s latest followspot releases will be officially launched at the show: Oz and Alice are 600W LED models offering a cool white source for long and short-throw applications respectively. They are the first professional LED followspots able to deliver a high output comparable with that of 1200W discharge followspots, and offer the same high-quality functionality and characteristics as all Robert Juliat’s Compact followspots.
Oz and Alice’s compact dimensions and silent operation are coupled with the benefits of no heat, smooth electronic dimming - locally or remotely via DMX – and no lamp-change for less maintenance.
The significantly increased output of Oz and Alice takes RJ’s LED followspot technology a step further, extending its application into larger venues and full size theatres, where Oz is the perfect front-of-house spot for LED applications and Alice’s compact dimensions and powerful throw make it the ideal truss spot.
The full Dalis family will be on show, with the Dalis 862 Footlight accompanied by the new Dalis 861 Washlight, launched in April 2017, and the new Dalis 862S, a short, 50cm version of the original 1m Dalis 862 footlight.
Dalis 861 Washlight takes the same technology as the original, award-winning Dalis 860 Cyclight and reconfigures it into a rectangular format. Its extremely wide beam and perfectly even coverage makes it an ideal solut

jdc105GLP lightshows on demand at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - GLP arrives at this year’s PLASA Show riding the crest of a wave. The burgeoning UK operation, now under the stewardship of the experienced Simon Barrett and David Stewart, will be presenting a portfolio of LED and hybrid solutions. These have captured the imagination of designers worldwide over the past year, and their attributes can be seen in regular interactive lightshows choreographed by leading LD (and 2017 KOI nominated LD) Tom Campbell, who has been using quantities of GLP’s X4 Bars on tour with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, while GLP products will also feature heavily on singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey’s upcoming tour.
As for the PLASA lightshows, these will be presented every 30 minutes from an overhead rig through haze, to ensure the strength and integrity of the beams is fully appreciated. Not only that but it will be possible to trigger each product group independently, as UK Manager, Simon Barrett explains. “We will be able to run demos on demand of any single fixture type - and this is unique.”
Heading the product roster at the show will be the new JDC1 hybrid strobe. Designed in three sections, which can be controlled independently or as a complete synchronised unit, this creates a new class of powerful strobe that goes way beyond the standard definition of a hybrid. Some 20 of them will feature in the overhead rig along with GT-1 hybrid, impression X4 S, X4 L, atoms and award-winning X4 Bar 20’s and 10’s.
Tom Campbell confirms the break from the visible front truss and centrepiece lightshow of last year in fa

vhd218jKV2 to unveil subwoofer at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - KV2 Audio will be exhibiting PLASA 2017 with the show seeing the UK launch of the brand new VHD 2.18J 2x18” subwoofer.
Housing two 18" high performance transducers the VHD 2.18J is a direct radiating bass-reflex subwoofer. The VHD 2.18J’s optimised, high efficiency, bass-reflex design produces considerably more output than other similar double 18” enclosures and features intuitive integrated flyware that allows for fast rigging of multiple cabinets. The VHD 2.18J can be seen on KV2 Audio’s stand – L10.
KV2 will also be running demonstrations throughout the show in the Club Room on the gallery floor. Show-goers can hear a selection of EX, ESD and ESR products with 15-minute demonstrations beginning at 11:00 and then every 1hr 15minutes throughout the show.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit:
(Jim Evans)

cable-plugTen 47 launches Powerline QC at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Ten 47 officially launches its Powerline QC connector to the market PLASA 2017. Having won an award for innovation at last year’s show and after extensive field trials, the two-piece Single Pole 500 amp connector will be shipping from stock in early October.
Building on the proven original Powerline connector series with familiar safety features such as mechanical keying, colour coded insulators and IP2X finger proof contacts, the Ten 47 " QC " range offers many enhancements over existing designs. New innovations include improved insulator strength, retained louvre band (IP protected), centred contact alignment, low connector mating forces and environmental sealing to IP68.
In addition, the proprietary sandwich contact retention system within a two piece insulator body allows replaceable front ends and eliminates the need for a "Cotter/dowel pin" common on similar products ensuring reduced assembly and maintenance times.
Line drain connectors are supplied with an integral thumb use release key allowing the operator a quick and safe way to disconnect. Powerline QC has been fully tested to be compatible with all leading brands.
The company will also be displaying - on Stand F50 - many products from its extensive portfolio including cable ramps, multipin connectors and cabling solutions from sister company Lex Products.
To register to attend the PLASA Show, visit:
(Jim Evans)

ayrton-ghibliAyrton celebrates at PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Ayrton continues its 15th anniversary celebrations with the launch of new products at the 40th PLASA London show where it will exhibit on Stand K32 alongside its exclusive UK distributor, Ambersphere Solutions.
Ghibli, Ayrton’s first LED spotlight 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. An optional High CRI Mode can be implemented for situations demanding even higher quality light output. Ghibli also features CMY colour mixing, variable CTO, and a complete effect section including two gobo wheels, a prism, an animation wheel, two frosts, and a rotating framing system that allows a full wipe, all in a most competitively priced package.
MiniPanel-FX is a new addition to Ayrton’s FX-Zoom range. Small in dimensions but mighty in output, with a zoom spread of 3.6° to 53°, MiniPanel-FX houses four of Ayrton’s unique square lenses in a neat 2 x 2 configuration to form an extremely powerful beam and wash light with immense creative possibilities.
Both Ghibli and MiniPanel-FX receive their official launch at the show and will be ready to ship in the autumn.
Launched at Prolight+Sound 2017, Ayrton’s Merak 250W RGBW LED wash light will be making its first appearance at Olympia. This little powerhouse of technology 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. With its single-source transmitting lens,

artiste-daliElation world premieres set for PLASA 2017
Tuesday, 12 September 2017

UK - Elation Professional has added two world premiere product launches to its list of innovative product offerings at the upcoming PLASA show in London.
Showing at Stand H40 for the first time anywhere, Elation will be debuting the Artiste Dali, a full-featured moving head with state-of-the-art LED / Laser Phosphor light engine and the second luminaire in Elation’s Artiste series.
The second world premiere product is the new Dartz 360, a full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with gobos and effects that gives all new projection possibilities from a narrow-beam luminaire. Both luminaires have been nominated for a PLASA Award for Innovation.
The new Artiste Dali’s features include eFly wireless DMX, CMY+CTO variable color mixing, color wheel, rotating and static gobos, prisms, animation, zoom and frost. Combined with the powerful new LED/Laser Phosphor engine, the Artiste Dali provides the latest technology and professional performance to fit into a variety of applications and designs.
The new Dartz 360’s single-source 50W RGB LED engine produces a powerful and tight 3-degree beam for smooth, colour-mixed beam effects similar to a discharge lamp. Extremely bright for its wattage and size, a combined LED engine source/optics package provides better field and brighter output than previous multi-chip LED “beam” solutions. The Dartz 360 is also compact and phenomenally fast with continuous 360° pan and tilt movement added to the gobos, dual prisms, frost and remote focus.
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