Events News

andy-vereLight Fantastic names director of production
Wednesday, 12 September 2018

UK - Event production and equipment specialists Light Fantastic Production Services has appointed Andy Vere to the role of director of production at their Borehamwood headquarters.
A well-established member of the Light Fantastic production team, Vere joined the company in 2014 and has been instrumental in building the company’s reputation as a premier provider of technical production equipment and support services.
With a background in theatre lighting design, Vere has a wealth of experience covering a broad range of production disciplines, including theatre, live music and corporate events. Vere’s depth of technical understanding and artistic skills have proven to be invaluable in the successful delivery of a wide range of projects.
In his newly expanded role Vere assumes responsibility for supervision of the LFPS project management team, overseeing all aspects of project delivery.
He comments: “Being part of a growing, successful business has been a great journey for me. Our team is committed to providing the highest levels of client support and together we have helped take the company from strength to strength. I’m looking forward to this new chapter, both for myself and the entire Light Fantastic team.”
(Jim Evans)

plasapreviewPLASA 2018 to open doors this weekend
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - The PLASA Show will open its doors this weekend (16-18 September) at London Olympia. The trade show will feature hundreds of brands across the show floor as it prepares to welcome thousands of entertainment technology professionals.
Audio heavyweights L-Acoustics, Bose and Yamaha, and lighting pioneers Robe, DTS, ETC and Philips will all be present on the show floor and the seminar programme promises to deliver in-depth sessions across a wide range of topics.
Product highlights
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, their new LED lighting fixture. MA Lighting is showcasing its grandMA3 lighting console. Robe is launching a new product as well as showing its RoboSpot Multi Device Control. Robert Juliat will reveal new additions to its Dalis range. Prolight Concepts is bringing the all-weather Endura and Evora series from elumen8, and ignify (formerly Philips Entertainment Lighting) is lighting up their stand with their LED VL800 Beamline.
L-Acoustics and d&b audiotechnik will focus on immersive audio, demoing L-ISA and Soundscape respectivelty. Peavey Commercial Audio is bringing along the Crest Audio Versarray PRO VR112 line array, and RCF Spa will unleash the latest members of the TT family.
Green Hippo is releasing Hippotizer 4.4 software; Laserworld is showcasing the revised DS-1000RGB Diode series; Epson is bringing along their powerful EB-1755U laser projector; Artistic Licence is launching daliGate Quad for lighting controls, and BroadWeigh are unveiling their Advanced Handheld device.

 
 
smarty-hybridPLASA 2018: Elation to showcase Smarty Hybrid
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Elation Professional will show visitors to PLASA 2018 a range of innovative lighting tools with real impact that continues Elation’s efforts to bring innovation and best-in-class ROI products to the market. Lighting professionals will have the opportunity to see the company’s newest innovations September 16-18 at PLASA Stand H40 at Olympia in West London.
Elation will be showcasing the Smarty Hybrid, a full-featured spot, beam and wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date. At the heart of the fixture is a new Platinum lamp using FLEX technology which offers a "smartly” designed discharge lamp/ballast package (6,000 hour lamp life) for high output (14,000 lumens) performance at an efficient and affordable price point. The lamp is dimmable and power to the lamp is reduced when not in use.
Features include motorized zoom, full CMY colour mixing, linear CTO, 13 dichroic colours, two gobo wheels, prism overlay and more. Elation has introduced a new Ultimate Warranty programme on Smarty Hybrid that covers the first two years of operation or 6,000 hours of use, whichever comes first, and includes the highly-efficient Philips Platinum FLEX 200 lamp.
Elation is set to embark on a new chapter in its evolution with the launch of Obsidian Control Systems, an accessible line of advanced yet intuitive lighting control products. Obsidian products run on ONYX, an innovative yet uncomplicated lighting control platform that is backwards compatible with all M-Series lighting control products. Obsidian offers a

 
tank-trap-trolley-1Doughty looks forward to a busy month
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Doughty's new Lightweight Lighting Stand will be the main attraction on the Doughty stand at both PLASA and IBC this year. Visitors to stand B50 at PLASA and stand 12.A58 at IBC can see this piece of kit - which is designed for use across the broadcast, theatre and live events industries - and takes the all the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
The stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a speaker adaptor, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty explains: “This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We’ve spent the best part of this year taking the prototype to trade shows across Europe so that we can really hone in on the design and use the feedback we’ve gathered at the shows to make a really useful bit of kit."
The Three Position Tank Trap, which won last year’s ABTT Engineering Product of the Year award will also feature on this year's stands. This clever piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting poi

 
 
bw-ha-med-resPLASA 2018: BroadWeigh's Advanced Handheld debuts
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - BroadWeigh's new Advanced Handheld will make its first appearance at PLASA this year. Visitors to the stand of BroadWeigh's product partner A.C. Entertainment Technologies Ltd (E30) will be able to demo the product which has been entered into this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation 2018 as well as finding out more about the other items in the BroadWeigh range.
Matt Millward, rigging sales manager at A.C Entertainment Technologies explained: "We have an exclusive corner of our booth dedicated to BroadWeigh products this year. We are including around 24 cells in the main grid of our overhead truss which will be shown as a live demonstration on our tablet PC along with the new Advanced Handheld. We'll also have the BroadWeigh Wind Speed Sensor in action along with another Advanced Handheld.”
The Advanced Handheld brings an additional level of portability to the BroadWeigh system by expanding its standalone monitoring capabilities. The device allows users to perform advanced operations with load shackle readings without the need for a PC and base station. With a range of up to 800m, the Advanced Handheld is compatible with all existing BroadWeigh shackles and can be configured to either roaming inputs, pre-defined inputs or summing groups.
Kelly Voysey, sales and marketing manager for BroadWeigh commented: "We're really excited to get some feedback on our new Advanced Handheld. The demos on the A.C. Entertainment stand should give potential new users an idea of just how nifty a piece of kit this little device is. We have designed it as a solution

 
ac-et-at-plasa-2018PLASA 2018: AC-ET showcases over 15 brands
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will exclusively showcase over 15 brands from its portfolio of over 200 marques at PLASA 2018 (Stand E30), London - including four products nominated for this year's PLASA Awards for Innovation and several previous Innovation award-winners.
2018 PLASA Awards nominees include PROLIGHTS' new Panorama IP WBX IP65 LED moving wash light ideal for temporary outdoor events; Columbus McKinnon's new Lodestar VS chain hoist featuring Magnetek IMPULSE G+ Mini drive and other industry-leading safety procedures; Tourmate's new Multilock Hoist Connector for distribution of power and control to motorised hoists which eliminates potential cross-connection with other entertainment applications; and BroadWeigh's new BW-HA advanced wireless handheld display for its innovative wireless load monitoring system.
Staff from AC-ET's dedicated product sales divisions will also exclusively demonstrate cutting-edge technologies from other leading lighting, rigging, video and audio brands.
Lighting highlights include Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light - which utilises homogenised LED optics and other leading technologies from the multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects lighting range - and new Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light, which has been rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; PROLIGHTS' new RA3000 1000W fully featured moving LED profile; Quasar Science

 
 
zero-88-plasa-2018-flx-range-of-lighting-consolesPLASA 2018: Eaton Zero 88 highlights FLX
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Eaton’s leading lighting control brand Zero 88 celebrates a year since the launch of its successful FLX S range of small, powerful and intuitive lighting consoles, designed for small to medium shows utilizing a mix of moving lights and LED fixtures as well as conventional luminaires.
Capitalizing on the buzz and excitement of PLASA as an industry hub and meeting place at the start of the autumn touring and event season, PLASA visitors can meet the Zero 88 team on Stand N21 and help celebrate the phenomenal first year of FLX S where sales far exceeded initial expectations in some considerable style!
FLX S24 runs up to 48 LED, moving lights and conventional fixtures and is easy to learn and straightforward to use, delivering huge flexibility and multiple features at an affordable price. FLX S48 has double the power of FLX S24, offering intuitive and hands-on control of up to 96 fixtures, and a touch monitor output for quick access to palettes / show overview. The quantity of available playbacks, groups and palettes are all also doubled.
Both FLX S24 and S48 are ultimately portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, plus support for a range of networking accessories.
Enthusiasm for the FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles has been “fantastic worldwide”, across all Zero 88’s usual markets, and in other new regions including Japan, Australia and the US! There has been impressive uptake over multiple sectors, including TV and corporate events, fringe and experimenta

 
sziget-festival--rockstar-photographers-1MLA reinforces Sziget Festival
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Hungary - Such is Capital Sound’s long-term and consolidated contract with the Sziget Festival organisation, that the rock-solid production formula now ensures that the massive seven-day festival on Hajógyári Island, north of Budapest, runs seamlessly.
With Martin Audio MLA again reinforcing sound on the main and second stages, and further Martin Audio PA on the Colosseum dance stage, the biggest news was that in its 26th year the event again broke attendance records, with an aggregated 565,000 estimated to have visited the picturesque location on the Danube, over the seven days.
A veritable line-up this year included Arctic Monkeys, Stormzy, Clean Bandit, Kendrick Lamar, Gorillaz, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, Dua Lipa - and many more. And with such an international line-up of A-listers, Capital account manager Paul Timmins says: “All the top acts bring experienced sound engineers who know they will be able to get the levels they are seeking - whether it be 96dB(A) or 106dB(A) and it’s just not a subject that is spoken about anymore.”
Drilling into the minutiae we see that a slightly wider stage this year called for two additional MLA Compact enclosures boosting the infill complement to 18 MLA Compact, and the newer Martin Audio SX218 subs replacing the older models on the delay towers.
“We are geared up to respond to any changes, no matter how small,” adds Timmins. “For us it is a two-truck mission, reinforced by our partners, BG Event and Polish PA company Musnicki, who service it locally.” Thanks to their proximity,

 
 
martin-audio-open-dayLast call for Martin Audio open days
Tuesday, 11 September 2018

UK - Martin Audio will once again throw open its UK HQ for a series of demonstrations and presentations on its latest audio offerings, including many new products to be showcased for the very first time.
Taking place between 18-20 September, this is an opportunity for rental companies, sound engineers, system integrators and installation specialists to get in-depth understanding and lots of listening time in relaxed surroundings. Factory tours and refreshments are also part of the experience making for a memorable morning or afternoon.
The demonstrations will include Sound Adventures - a 3D immersive audio experience - with its partner, Astro Spatial Audio; optimised line arrays including O-Line and Wavefront Precision; its new high-power performance TH Series; and the newly announced ADORN on-wall commercial loudspeaker series.
James King, marketing director, comments: “This is our third set of very popular open days, and is our most ambitious project yet with a fully immersive 3D audio demonstration including stage tracking, new products galore as well as firm favourites such our optimised line arrays, Wavefront Precision. We’re close to selling out, but we have a few spaces left.”
(Jim Evans)

 
quadPLASA 2018: Artistic Licence unveils daliGate quad
Monday, 10 September 2018

UK - At PLASA 2018, Artistic Licence will be launching daliGate quad, a product that integrates DALI with Art-Net and DMX/RDM. Also new is Rail-Split RJ45, a premium DIN rail splitter developed in response to high customer demand. And for powerful yet economical DMX control, we are proud to be showing the stylish matisse range.
Artistic Licence CEO and product designer Wayne Howell will be present throughout the show to answer questions. Howell is also hosting a seminar on the latest news and views on industry control protocols at 1.30pm on Sunday, 16 September.
daliGate quad is an ethernet-to-DALI interface providing four DALI circuits. It is compatible with Art-Net or sACN and can convert between DMX, RDM and DALI. This means that an Art-Net capable lighting desk can now directly control DALI gear in just the same way as DMX.
Learn more about daliGate quad and daliScene in the Awards for Innovation gallery, or come to Stand C32.
Nominated for the Awards for Innovation, Artistic Licence will also be showing matisse f6 dmx and matisse d4 dmx. These products are programmable, multi-function DMX controllers presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for external control boxes.
Newly-launched is the Rail-Split RJ45. Developed in response to customer demand, this four-way DMX512 splitter features RJ45 connectors on the input and all outputs, making it a breeze to install using Cat5 patch cables. The product also eliminates the need for separate DC power supplies, as it i

 
 
maverickstorm1washPLASA 2018: Chauvet showcases hot new products
Monday, 10 September 2018

UK - Chauvet Professional will showcase some of the latest products from its Maverick, STRIKE, Ovation and COLORado series of fixtures at PLASA 2018 on 16-18 September at London Olympia. The ranges have been making their mark on the theatrical and touring scene this summer, being specified for shows on Broadway and concerts by bands like Counting Crows and Nine Inch Nails.
Among the highlights at the Chauvet Professional stand J30 will be the Maverick Storm 1 Wash. The newest addition to the award-winning Maverick line of moving fixtures, the high-output (over 6000lm) Storm 1 Wash has an IP65 rating, making it suitable for outdoor festival use.
Another fixture for outdoor use is the STRIKE P38, a compact IP65-rated blinder that delivers a punchy output from its 90W warm white LED source. An emulated “amber shift” warms the colour temperature of the light as it dims to mimic incandescent lights. The unit’s IP-rated fan keeps it cool enough for use as a wash.
The company will also be showcasing the COLORado Solo Batten, a powerful batten that projects a single homogenised wash with smooth colour mixing, giving it the appearance of a bright single bar of light without round 'eyes' or pixels.
On the theatrical and broadcast lighting front, Chauvet Professional will be highlighting the Ovation F-915VW, a high-power variable white Fresnel-style fixture that utilises the company’s unique six-colour LED system. This fixture projects a bright, beautifully soft field of light in nearly any temperature of white with high CRI and CQS, making it i

 
johnmeyerJohn Meyer to present Heyser Lecture at AES
Monday, 10 September 2018

USA - Meyer Sound Laboratories co-founder John Meyer will deliver the AES New York 2018 Convention’s Heyser Memorial Lecture on 19 October (Friday) at 6:30pm. Speaking on the topic Taking the Room Out of the Loudspeaker: New Tools for Transparent Reproduction, Meyer will share his expertise on loudspeaker design and applications from his lengthy career the industry.
Meyer first got involved in pro audio in the late 1960s when he started out as designer of custom amplification systems for guitarist Steve Miller. Meyer created the Glyph very large horn loudspeakers and he was the in-house loudspeaker designer at San Francisco’s McCune Sound Service.
In the 1970s, his audio research at the Institute for Advanced Musical Studies in Switzerland led to his first patent awarded for a low-distortion horn design. In 1979 he co-founded (with his wife, Helen) Meyer Sound Laboratories.
Throughout his career, Meyer has focused on development of linear loudspeaker systems, with his R&D team most recently achieving phase linearity from 20 kHz down to 27Hz with the Bluehorn System studio monitor.
The Heyser Lecture series were established in 1999 by the AES Technical Council and the Board of Governors, in conjunction with the Richard Heyser Scholarship fund.
The 145th AES International Convention is held on 17-20 October at the Jacob Javits Centre in New York City.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
pb32sg-to-dante-network-bridge-renderingPLASA 2018: Crest debuts SoundGrid-to-Dante bridge
Friday, 7 September 2018

UK - Crest Audio unveils the PB-32 SoundGrid-to-Dante network bridge for the very first time in the UK at PLASA 2018. Brand new out of the box at InfoComm 2018, PB-32 provides the connection between Crest Audio’s flagship Tactus digital mixing system and the new powered Versarray Pro line array system, both of which will also be featured at PLASA.
The PB-32 enables the audio signal to remain in the digital domain from the desk right through to the Dante-enabled Versarray Pro PA system. It may also be deployed by any other audio systems utilizing the Dante audio networking protocol, thereby also offering compliance with the AES67 interoperability standard.
Housed in a rugged, 1U ½ rack chassis, the PB-32 provides up to 16 channels of bi-directional audio to be transmitted and received by each network (SoundGrid and Dante) via interchangeable 16x16 networking modules. The unit is shipped with one Dante and one SoundGrid module as standard but may be loaded with two Dante cards to link separate Dante systems with different clock sources. The device benefits from high quality full asynchronous sample-rate conversion on all channels to keep clocking simple and straightforward, and a PoE network source selector switch for when PoE is available.
According to PCA’s operations manager, James Kennedy, the PB-32 is an essential piece of equipment for all Tactus users. “Our Tactus digital mixing system is an exceptionally powerful and flexible platform, thanks in large part to our decision to integrate the capabilities of the Waves LV-1 software. By defa

 
apartApart holds distributor seminar
Thursday, 6 September 2018

Belgium - Apart held its bi-annual Apart distributor seminar on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August.
Company representatives and distributors gathered in the Felix Pakhuis in Antwerp, with over 100 people from 42 countries worldwide in attendance.
On day one, main topics were future marketing and product plans. Visitors also received a preview of several Apart products yet to be released. A dinner and casino night followed and highlight of the evening was the Apart awards ceremony.
On the second day of the event, the complete distribution team moved to the Central European office in Schoten, Belgium for several break-out groups. The event ended in the typical Apart way being amongst friends / installers with a Belgian style BBQ.
Kris Vermuyten, sales & marketing director, comments: “I am very happy with this fantastic week and experience. The Apart community clearly keeps expanding and it’s amazing to see all our global partners here in our hometown Antwerp. I am proud to be Apart.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
kv2demo-webPLASA 2018: KV2 to run dedicated demo suite
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

UK - KV2 Audio has announced a dedicated KV2 demonstration facility running for the entire duration of PLASA 2018.
Situated in The Club Room, this facility will offer industry professionals and users the invaluable opportunity to experience a selection of KV2’s exceptional range of products at their leisure throughout the show.
Products from KV2’s Active EX and Passive ESD ranges will be on show as well as larger format Active-Driven Systems from the ESR and SL ranges with the ground-breaking VHD 4.21 2x21” subwoofer system also ready to demonstrate why some of the world’s largest dance clubs have embraced KV2.
Members of KV2 Audio’s UK office and head office will be available to talk through any requirements show-goers might have, and can be found on Stand L10 on the show floor or in the Club Room itself.
(Jim Evans)

 
data-strategyplasa-vericaliainrochewithqc-check-smPLASA 2018: Data Strategy debuts VeriCal
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - Data Strategy has announced the first showing of a new product - VeriCal - on stand K10 at this year’s PLASA 2018. The new product, which is available for purchase or hire, verifies that the Out Board PAT-4 testers, an integral part of the QC-Check system, are within their operational specifications.
The QC-Check system provides fast and accurate safety inspections and the robustly packaged PAT-4 tester provides the perfect solution for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), cable (continuity and insulation resistance) inspection and testing of equipment protected by RCDs (distro).
VeriCal consists of a calibrated hardware module that is controlled by a QC-Check style application that guides the user through the verification process and generates a test certificate upon successful completion of the process. A certain amount of adjustment of the PAT-4 calibration settings can be made automatically through VeriCal by an administrator - however, if the unit is seriously at variance with the norm then the tester must be returned to the factory.
The advantage of VeriCal is that the verification process can be carried out on a regular basis in on site. The VeriCal hardware will undergo an annual calibration through a recognised National Laboratory.
VeriCal is the latest Data Strategy product to combine hardware with intelligent software. The new product ensures the appliance test units within the QC-Check Workstation produce verified and accurate results. Built with a purpose - fit for the process.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
me2wpefacefinal-webPLASA 2018: MDG shows weatherproof range
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - MDG will be exhibiting on stand D50 where it will be showing its WPE Series of IP55-rated weatherproof and dust-resistant haze and fog generators, which will be represented on the stand by the ATMe WPE haze generator and Me1 WPE and Me2 WPE fog generators.
These rugged units are non-stop, variable output, ATMe haze and Me fog generators respectively, encased in a weatherproof enclosure. WPE versions of the extremely successful Me1 and Me2 fog generators were launched at Prolight & Sound, Frankfurt earlier this year, joining the already successful ATMe WPE to ensure the WPE Series provides the ideal fog and haze solutions for theme parks, outdoor laser shows and the enormous number of outdoor festivals around the world.
The outdoor units continue to be of particular interest to rental companies which supply a wide variety of outdoor events and need the security of a weatherproof generator with solid construction and reliable performance. The WPE versions provide exactly the same effects and control as the standard ATMe and Me Series versions, but without the need for recourse to temporary and insubstantial methods of weatherproofing.
MDG’s standard Me2 fog generator will be present on the PLASA stand, alongside the award-winning theONE™ dual mode haze and fog generator, theFAN digital fan and the ICE FOG Compack HP low fog generator. The latter will be demonstrated with the RFP (Round Floor Pocket) which won the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year 2018 in June.
The RFP (Round Floor Pocket) will be shown in conjunction with the R

 
frankfurt-165-copyPLASA 2018: The Lightpower Collection visits Olympia
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - The career of rock photographer Neal Preston spans more than 40 years. He has built up an extensive body of work from Alice Cooper to Frank Zappa, from Led Zeppelin to Queen, on and off the stage.
His work forms the core of the Lightpower Collection of Rock ‘n’ Roll photography and cover art - a collection born out of a company culture with a passion for collecting Rock’n’Roll art.
For the past four years, the Lightpower Collection has toured worldwide with In the Eye of the Rock ’n’ Roll Hurricane, an exhibition which shows the body of Preston’s work. In it are more than 70 of his iconic pictures: legendary album covers, views behind the scenes, moments that made history – the essence of rock and concert touring that has dominated out industry since the late ‘60s.
Now it is PLASA’s turn to proudly present a fine selection from the Lightpower Collection which honours and celebrates those legends in the limelight, while returning something to those who worked hard in the background to make this all happen.
Neal Preston’s fine art prints are highly sought after by collectors worldwide, and all proceeds from Lightpower Collection sales go to Behind the Scenes and Backup, foundations that provide relief for event technicians in need.
The exhibition has already been enthusiastically received by visitors to the Montreux Jazz Festival, LDi in Las Vegas, LLB in Stockholm and Musikmesse in Frankfurt. “The UK has always been a massive source and host of live music with many great international bands hailing

 
 
hsl30-simon-stuart-webHSL celebrates anniversary with open days
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - To mark its 30th anniversary, HSL will stage two special open days at its HQ in Blackburn - on 3 and 4 October 2018.
This will include a Supplier Showcase, a lively expo-style environment located in HSL’s Gallery Space - complete with panoramic views across the undulating Lancashire countryside just outside of Blackburn - where HSL’s industry partners will demonstrate and highlight their latest technologies and innovations.
Brands like Robe, Philips, Martin, Claypaky, Chauvet, High End Systems, ETC, Avolites, MA Lighting and many more will have a presence in this relaxed, convivial and highly social atmosphere featuring 32 x stands and three bars.
Other highlights will include guided tours of the 165,000sq.ft HSL premises including its extensive training facilities, warehouse and prep areas.
There will be presentations by different companies within the HSL Group including PSI, SPR and GLS, illustrating the diversity and specialist skills available within this dynamic organisation.
Most importantly, says HSL MD Simon Stuart, “It will be the chance for everyone we have known, and all those who have supported and inspired us over the last 30 years - and those intending to be there in the next 30 - to share lots of hugs!”
Simon recalls, “It seems like just yesterday when three leading brands - Martin Professional, Optikinetics and Sound Department - had the faith in us to negotiate outstanding deals which allowed us to invest and get going!”
“#HSL30 is a unique opportunity to illustrate where we are now and sa

 
dave-stevens-and-chris-martellyCrewing company launches
Tuesday, 4 September 2018

UK - Studioforce, a new company specialising in the provision of production and technical freelancers to the film and TV industry, launched on Monday, 3 September.
The London business is spearheaded by former ITV Studios head of scenic and lighting, Dave Stevens. It offers a network of personnel for the broadcast and production sector, including gaffers, lighting electricians, camera operators, scenic supervisors, sound engineers, studio engineers and lighting console operators. Studioforce is also offering a service to facilitate and administer payroll contracts and handle recruitment for any clients who are looking to outsource certain roles, easing the process to make it more time and cost efficient.
Stevens comments: “When the recent changes at ITV Studios were announced [the broadcaster is closing its London studios], I needed to look for a new opportunity. I’ve known the team at Showforce for a long time, having utilised their services for many years.
“Having spent over 30 years working in television, being responsible for a staff of 50 and a further freelance pool of up to 150 people, I have both the knowledge and the contacts to deliver a service that is definitely required in the industry. I’m looking forward to pooling that with a team of people who completely understand how to run a highly efficient crewing company. It’s the perfect combination and I can’t wait to get started.”
Studioforce is backed by global event support firm Showforce. Chris Martelly, who heads up Showforce’s global operations team, will be a dir

 
 
ayrtonforwebPLASA 2018: Ayrton to launch two LED fixtures
Monday, 3 September 2018

UK - Ayrton will unveil two new lighting fixtures and showcase others in the UK for the first time as it exhibits on stand K40 at PLASA 2018 on 16-18 September.
The French lighting manufacturer will launch the Bora-S wash and the Khamsin-S spot, two low-power LED fixtures that are also up for PLASA Awards for Innovation.
Bora-S is a high-output, low-power LED washlight that delivers 38,000lm output from an 8,000K white LED engine of just 750W. Ayrton says its performance surpasses that of any other LED fixture in its class, and 1500W/1700W discharge fixtures at a fraction of the power consumption. Bora-S is ideal for large scale venues and outdoor and indoor arenas, but it's also fully featured with a 178mm PC front lens, a 8:1 zoom delivering a beam range of 8° to 64°, full field framing, an iris, a rotating gobo wheel,two colour wheels and a full CMY + CTO colour system with a CRI greater than 70 - with smooth transitions at all focal lengths. In addition, the fixture comes in a package with the same footprint and similarly compact body as Ayrton’s Ghibli.
Ayrton's other new luminaire to debut at the PLASA Show is Khamsin-S, an automated LED spotlight that outputs 39,000lm from its 750W white LED source. Khamsin-S has the same 750W, 8000K white LED engine as Bora-S along with two rotating gobo wheels, an animation wheel, full field framing, two prisms, an iris, two frosts, two fixed colour wheels and a full CMY + linear CTO colour system, plus a 9:1 zoom with a 6.5° to 56° beam range. The luminaire comes in a similarly-sized housing as its

 
prolightPLASA 2018: Prolight Concepts schedules launches
Monday, 3 September 2018

UK - Prolight Concepts Group will exhibit at PLASA (stand G40), highlighting its expanding product range and an eventful business year that saw the company move to a new warehouse and office complex and refresh its logo (pictured).
At the PLASA Show, Prolight Concepts will feature eLumen8, LEDJ and Global Truss and launch many new products, including dynamic backlit blinders and Kudos moving heads, IP65-rated Endura pars and Evora series all from eLumen8.
LEDJ will feature a pixel version of the Spectra Flood Q40 and an addition to the new CZ Stage Pars with an RGBA version, and Prolight Concepts will also showcase its ever-expanding Global Truss staging systems.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
sparq-part-of-logo-cmyk-rich-black-01Saville AV rebrands as Sparq, Visavvi
Monday, 3 September 2018

UK - Technical production event specialist Saville AV has re-branded its conference and live event division to Sparq and its AV/IT wing, to Visavvi. Both brands will sit under Saville Group, the parent organisation.
The move is part of a wider investment strategy to “future-proof the business and ensure it continues to effectively evolve its technical event production service offering for clients in the UK, Europe and the USA”.
Sparq offers a full production service, from creative design and staging to technical crew and kit hire.
Visavvi delivers all aspects of IT/AV project for business customers - from consultation through to design and install and maintenance and support.
Colin Nixey, joint MD of Saville Group, comments: “Saville has been a familiar face in the live events industry for over 40 years. However, we recognised it was time for a change in the way we present ourselves. Live events is one of the most progressive industries out there, and this is what fuelled our desire to develop the brand. Our new identity will not only bring us in line with the changing market but also help us better express our creativity in everything we do.”
Rachel Waterfield, head of sales and marketing, adds: “Sparq is the latest chapter in our illustrious history and the result of many months of listening to the market, our clients and our people here on the ground. This is an incredibly exciting time for us, and Sparq will lay the foundations to ensure we can firmly establish ourselves as the industry’s leading live event production spe

 
halo-a-on-chariotPLASA 2018: EM Acoustics focuses on HALO-A
Friday, 31 August 2018

UK - EM Acoustics is shining the spotlight on its new HALO Arena large-format line array system at PLASA 2018 (Stand U61), which will be shown with its dedicated transit chariot. Nominated for a PLASA Innovation Award, HALO-A has enjoyed a busy summer season including a series of successful demos at London’s LH2 rehearsal and production studios, convincing testing in Norway, and a recent outing at Silverstone for the MotoGP. Further demos will also be taking place at the G Live arts centre in Guildford on 11 September for anyone who would be interested in hearing the system prior to PLASA.
HALO Arena is built on the same core “maximum headroom” design intent as the highly successful medium-format HALO-C system, but it takes overall SPL capability to a level suitable for much larger applications, whilst still maintaining consistent performance throughout the SPL range.
A single HALO-A cabinet exhibits a flat, free-field frequency response from 48Hz to 19kHz (±3dB) and a phase response of ±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.
A combination of the four 1.4” exit HF compression drivers and a specially developed patent-pending emulation manifold ensures flawless performance and coverage. EM Acoustics’ technical director and HALO-A designer Ed Kinsella explains: “This assembly provides a very significant moving area for the HF section and twice the headroom of comparab

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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