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prglogo500x300pxPRG unifies R&D into PRG Innovation
Wednesday, 1 May 2019

EMEA - Production Resource Group (PRG) is integrating its global research and development efforts into a new operating group, PRG Innovation.
Joining under PRG Innovation will be PRG Projects, PRG Research and Development, and the VER product development initiatives. The new operating group will encompass operations in Belgium, China and the USA, which include facilities in Dallas, New Windsor, New York and Los Angeles.
Jere Harris, chairman and CEO of PRG, comments: “PRG Innovation brings all of our talent focused on product development into a single, global team, allowing us to anticipate market trends, move with agility and align product development with our larger strategic objectives. I believe that our investment and performance in market-driven innovation is one of the most powerful points of difference separating our brands from the competition. Now, that advantage will become even more significant.”
PRG Innovation will be led by Chris Conti in his new role as the company’s chief innovation officer. Conti has experience in concert tours, tradeshows, corporate events, TV shows and special events like the Olympics and Super Bowl Half-time shows. As product manager for PRG proprietary luminaires, he led the development of the highly successful Bad Boy Spot and Best Boy Spot fixtures, as well as PRG’s Emmy-award winning GroundControl Followspot System.
Additionally, Clay Powers will become chief operating officer of Innovation, overseeing all financial and logistical aspects of both proprietary product development and custom show s

maestra-london-5-new-starters-l30a9136Quintet join Maestra London
Friday, 26 April 2019

UK - London and Dubai based event design and technical production company Maestra Group has added several new staff to the London team.
The company has also doubled the size of its premises in east London by acquiring the warehouse space next door, creating a brand-new environment from which to service and administer a diversity of shows and events.
The new staff joining the team include two project managers, two production designers and another technical manager.
Maestra London’s managing director Justin Hammond comments: “I’m always very energised to see new talent coming onboard and am really looking forward to working with all our new colleagues, offering them opportunities to flourish as individuals and to excel at their work in a friendly and inclusive atmosphere”.
Michaela Welford (senior project manager) worked in Dubai’s vibrant and a high-pressure events bubble for five years.
Matt Appleby (senior project manager) used to work as a sound engineer. He’s worked in most sectors of the events industry in recent years.
Technical manager Alex Hardie brings the lighting element of technical design to the fore with a career that started as a theatre ASM working his way up through being a technician, an operator and then an LD.
Production designer Adrian Powell’s previous employment was in exhibition design, and he engages in a lot of videography and photography skills which are definitely transferable to his work at Maestra London
Assistant production designer Kat Fung is an interior architecture grad

 
 
warehouseProduction AV plans 4K showcase
Thursday, 25 April 2019

UK - Production AV has announced two open days on 7-8 May at its new premises in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
The AV hire and event company will offer hands-on demonstrations of its latest 6mm, 3.9mm and 2.6mm LED screens, 4K screen management system, media servers and camera solutions. The team will also showcase some recent projects, including large-scale projection mapping of Cheltenham’s Municipal Offices for a WWI Remembrance event and recent work on the Teenage Cancer Trust series of star-studded concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
There will also be an opportunity to meet the team and discover more about the company’s plans for future growth.
“We’re thrilled to not only have a new home but also a much larger facility, which will have a direct benefit for our clients,” says Production AV’s managing director, Pete McCrea. “There is a real sense of excitement as we drive forward the business, create a new hub for AV and invest in new technology. We look forward to sharing it with you in May.”
The company also celebrates its fourteenth birthday in the same month, so the team is throwing an informal party between 5pm and 9pm on 7 May, with a light buffet and locally sourced refreshments. 
The open days take place on 7-8 May (Tuesday and Wednesday) between 10:30am and 5pm at the company's premises at Unit F, Ashville Trading Estate, The Runnings, Cheltenham.
Those interested in attending should email openhouse@productionav.co.uk with their preferred day and time.

 
kartfestBackup's KartFest marks Independence Day
Thursday, 25 April 2019

UK - KartFest, the annual fundraising event organised by entertainment technology charity Backup, is returning for its fifth edition on Independence Day (Thursday, 4 July).
Organisers expect over 300 industry colleagues and friends to join on Surrey's Sandown Park, where 33 teams will battle it out in a three-hour endurance race.
“So, get out your fake tan, your candy floss hair, your alien outfit, or your Mickey Mouse ears. In fact, do whatever gets you in the American mood, but book your place fast - the karts go fast,” says Backup.
Besides crowning the new KartFest champions, the day will include the ‘Unusual' Pit Stop Challenge, Medialease’s Fastest Lap, a BBQ lunch and drinks, music, entertainment, the award for the best dressed team award, the Backup Sundown bar and a raffle.
Each team can enter up to six drivers. Non-racer wristbands will also be available, with food and drinks included.
To sign up, please visit: www.tickettailor.com/events/backup/258302.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dreamgirls-itvcmykHarlequin Floors reports global revenue growth
Wednesday, 24 April 2019

UK - Harlequin Floors, flooring provider for dance, performing arts, entertainment and events, has reported “double-digit” revenue growth in 2018/19.
The growth has been recorded across the whole Harlequin Group, which has offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.
Guy Dagger, Group CEO, comments: “Harlequin has experienced incredible global growth over the last year providing internationally renowned brands, venues and performing arts schools with quality performance floors and stages.
“We have seized the opportunity this growth brings to offer all our clients across the world the outstanding customer service that is synonymous with the Harlequin brand. The highlights have probably been the growth in demand we have seen from the top global providers in the production and events industries, building on our many years of experience as the ‘go-to’ brand in the dance, education and performing arts world.”
In the past year, Harlequin has opened a new distribution centre in Las Vegas to service the Mountain and Pacific regions of the USA and northern Mexico. The company has also opened a stage manufacturing facility in Brno, Czech Republic, and a manufacturing plant and a warehouse in Liege, Belgium.
In Australia, Harlequin has recently appointed Fiona Blackett as director, Australian Harlequin. She had previously worked in the UK and HK for J&C Joel, Blackett and is now responsible for all Harlequin operations across Australia and New Zealand.
Dagger continues: “Last year we worked with an incredibly diverse

 
jayneybelljpgStage Electrics appoints consultant for North West
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

UK - Stage Electrics has appointed a new technical sales consultant for the north west.
Jayney Bell is returning to Stage Electrics after some years as a freelance lighting technician, predominantly for touring theatre. Bell was previously the London branch manager.
Anna Western, Stage Electrics sales director, comments: “Jayney is a hugely experienced production electrician and combined with her historical knowledge of how we work, she has already hit the ground running. I am excited to have someone as knowledgeable and who knows the industry as well as she does to represent us in the north west.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
musicinsideriminiProlights on stage at Music Inside Rimini
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Italy - Music & Lights will be on show throughout the 2019 edition of Music Inside Rimini, held in Rimini from 5 to 7 May.
The fixtures from Prolights and Tribe will be featured on the Live You Play rock stages at the event.
Stage N.3, Hall C3 will be fully lit by Prolights luminaires, recreating the atmosphere of a real live show offering visitors a true live immersive experience. The stage will host live performances and the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the latest lighting and video technologies fully installed on a real stage giving visitors the chance to see the fixtures in their natural habitat.
MIR will also mark the national launch of the new Prolights, Tribe and ArchWork solutions recently featured in Frankfurt at Prolight + sound. Visitors, customers and partners are all invited to meet the team on stage 3 of Hall C3 in the Rimini exhibition centre.
(Jim Evans)

 
fine-design-associates-chroma-q-color-force-ii-at-cesFine Design relies on Color Force II
Tuesday, 23 April 2019

USA - Fine Design Associates has been designing exhibit lighting at leading tradeshows for more than 25 years, working closely with creative company to create lighting for exhibition displays. Most recently, Fine Design was responsible for lighting an industry leading brand’s booth at the CES show held in Las Vegas in January.
Principal designer, Paul Fine and his team have been working on a global technology leaders’ booth making them stand out at CES for many years. The lighting design has evolved over time to add more lighting fixtures to enhance the desired effects of their client.
The booth design for this client had beautifully printed SEG (silicon-edged graphic) fabric walls extending from the four corners of the booth. Large entrances were available on all four sides of the booth. The walls created an intimate space for the exhibitor to display their products, and have demonstrations / meetings with the attendees. Using the Chroma-Q Color Force II (72”) fixtures, Fine Design was able to transform the fabric walls from opaque to translucent, depending on the desired effect. When the walls were translucent, they were up-lit in beautiful reds, pastels, or white. An attendee could see in or out of the space as if they were looking through an etched glass window. Adding this additional row of fixtures on the ground this year has really allowed the exhibit space to pop.
“In order to be effective at exhibit lighting, we need to know how to light the wall, as well as having the control that we need.” comments Fine. “The steady and cons

 
 
koiSubmissions open for KOI-USA
Thursday, 18 April 2019

USA - Submissions are now open for the 2019 edition of the Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA).
The event, which is the USA edition of the UK's respected Knight of Illumination Awards, first took place in 2018 to celebrate the talents and work of lighting and video designers across the sectors of Live for Broadcast, Theatre and Concert Touring & Events in the United States.
This year's competition features two new categories – Opera and Corporate Events – and the award ceremony and gala dinner is taking place in Las Vegas on 22 November (Friday) alongside the LDI trade show.

The categories are:
Theatre:
Plays - large venue
Plays - small venue
Opera
Musicals - large venue
Musicals - small venue
Live for Broadcast:
Awards Shows
Digital Content
Unscripted Series
Live Performance Special - Music
Live Performance Special - Non Music
Concert Touring & Events:
Club Tour Lighting
Concert Video Content
Stage Tour Lighting
Arena Tour Lighting
Festival/One-Off Lighting
Corporate Events
Corporate Events - Video Content

Deadline for submissions is 31 July. Productions must have been performed or broadcast between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019 to be eligible for inclusion – find out more about entering the competition here

 
leedsseminarStormzy’s FOH engineer at PLASA Focus Leeds
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

UK - PLASA has announced the latest additions to the seminar programme of the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show, taking place on 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries.
In preparation for Stormzy’s upcoming headline appearance at Glastonbury Festival, and in association with Soundcraft, FOH engineer Raphael Williams will explain how he achieve the perfect sound for grime’s leading star. Williams will also give a comprehensive overview of his approach to audio mixing.
In a session dedicated to the Ecodesign regulations, ETC’s technical director Adam Bennette will deliver a seminar unpacking the complex EU legislation. By explaining what has happened so far and what’s next, this seminar is unmissable for lighting professionals.
An introduction to National Event Lifting Training (NELT) will be presented by PLASA during the show in preparation for its launch in the autumn. The course has been crafted to the needs of lifting equipment users and also contains advice for employers. All production professionals who are involved in the delivery of technical production services are invited to attend.
Health and safety consultant Tom Goode will deliver a session on Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, addressing how the regulations apply to various roles across the entertainment industry.
As part of a series on mental health awareness, PLASA will chair a panel of industry leaders to discuss recent outcomes of their respective mental healt

 
 
sundialPL+S: Artistic Licence debuts sunDial quad
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Germany - Artistic Licence is enjoying “unprecedented interest” in its newly launched trailing edge mains dimmer, sunDial quad. At the recent Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt, visitors were impressed by the performance achieved with dimmable LED replacement bulbs, which were dimmed to near-zero with no perceptible flicker.
LED replacement bulbs were developed as easy drop-in replacements for older incandescent technology, which is now illegal in many countries. While dimmable versions of LED replacement bulbs are available, the performance with conventional thyristor dimmers is usually poor and highly bulb-dependent. As such, the development of a robust, high-performance trailing edge dimmer at an affordable price has been eagerly awaited.
Product designer Wayne Howell comments: "Artistic Licence is known for its abiliity as a technical problem-solver, and without that expertise we could never have brought sunDial to market. We are delighted with the product, and the tremendous feedback received at the show indicates potential customers feel the same way. sunDial is an obvious choice for theatre and cinema house lights, or bars and restaurants - the applications are extremely widespread, and with so little credible competition we really feel we have nailed it with this product.”
sunDial quad offers a professional DMX512/RDM controlled solution, with four channels each providing 250W (or up to 500W per pair) - more than ample for LED, but also suitable for crossover markets that might have legacy incandescent technology.
The product w

 
perseoPL+S: Ayrton ramps up the excitement
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Germany - Record numbers visited the Ayrton stand to see the new products and witness the new lightshow populated by Ayrton’s latest fixtures.
This year’s releases, the Levante and Diablo wash and profile fixtures, were in action for the first time alongside Khamsin, Bora, Ghibli, Mistral, Merak and NandoBeam, all of which illustrated the versatility, power and feature set of Ayrton’s expanding new Wash, Spot and Profile ranges.
Ramping up the excitement, Perseo-S and Huracán-X made debut appearances at the show. Perseo-S is Ayrton’s first compact multi-function IP65 rated fixture developed for intensive outdoor use - think ‘Ghibli’ but weather-proof, and with a 27,000 lumen output from just a 500W source - and weighing in at less than 40kg. Huracán-X also created a storm as the 1000W big sister of Khamsin, in a similarly compact housing but with a 50,000 lumen output, making it ideal for touring and large-scale venues.
Levante is a miniaturised version of the Bora wash light with an ultra-compact form factor that matches that of Diablo. Weighing just over 20kg, it produces a light output greater than 20,000 lumens and can sculpture light using a high-transmission diffusion filter that erases the edge of the beam without changing its angle and a variable linear frost system that allows the user to adjust the desired diffusion level with precision.
Weighing just over 20kg, Ayrton’s ultra-compact Diablo delivers a record output of 19,000 lumens from its 300W source. Versatile and feature-rich, Diablo matches Mistral’s dimensio

 
 
portmanPL+S: Portman Lights launches LED stage light
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Germany - Portman Lights, the Polish manufacturer of decorative stage lighting, has just released its newest product at Prolight+Sound 2019.
The P1 mini LED is suitable for TV and live events. The fixture exhibits a tungsten look and retro style to match Portman Lights’ existing product line, but is a fully LED product. Arranged in the same configuration and housing as the original P1 Retro Lamp, P1 mini LED combines two layers of light sources: a 1800K linear filament and an RGBW glow that adds colour and enhances the creative possibilities of the new fixture.
“We are very excited to bring our new P1 mini to the market at Prolight+Sound,” says Portman Lights’ business development manager, Dominik Zimakowski. “This is a ground-breaking product for us because, for the first time, we have produced a full LED stage lighting fixture whilst retaining the truly vintage, halogen look. P1 mini LED provides that unique Portman Lights look that is so in demand for television and live performance, yet answers the growing demand for LED light sources.”
P1 mini LED is also a suitable product for permanent installations because its total power consumption is less than 100W per unit, and it is designed to run off 110V-230V power.
The new fixture met with interest among Portman Lights’ distributors and new customers at the show. “We anticipated P1 mini LED would generate a lot of interest, but were very happy to see our expectations were exceeded by the amount of enquiries we received,” says Portman Lights lighting designer, Łukasz Sztejn

 
mdgPL+S: MDG offers outdoor alternatives
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Germany - MDG celebrated Prolight+Sound 2019 in Frankfurt with the first presentation in the country of its IP55-rated WPE Series of fog and haze generators. The ATMe WPE haze generator and Me1 WPE and Me2 WPE fog generators are rugged, non-stop, variable output, outdoor versions of their successful counterparts.
Housed in new black enclosures, the WPE Series has been designed to encase all the benefits of standard MDG haze and fog generators in a sturdy, yet discreet, black housing that can blend unobtrusively into a stage set up, indoors and outdoors. 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 reception to the new WPE units was fantastic,” says Martin Michaud, MDG CEO. “Our European customers were very happy to see that the controllability, output, ruggedness and ease of maintenance they know in standard MDG generators is now available in weatherproof and dust-resistant housings for all kinds of outdoor use.”
The stand was packed with visitors for the duration of the show who witnessed demonstrations of a range of MDG atmospheric effects which included the full Me Series of fog generators, the ATMe haze generator and the award-winning theONE dual mode haze and fog generator. Also drawing the attention of young and old were the ICE FOG Series of low fog generators which were demonstrated in conjunction with a D-Verter and, to the amusement of young and old, the award-winning RFP Round Floor Pocket.
D-Verter is a DM

 
 
genelecimmersivesolutionsNAB19: Genelec displays immersive system
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA - At this week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, Genelec is demonstrating a selection of its active monitors in an immersive 7.1.4 Atmos configuration.
The system is composed of S360A Smart Active Monitors™ (L-C-R), 8341A’s (side and rear), 8331A’s (overheads), and 7382A and 7360A subwoofers (sub and bass management). These models will be used to demonstrate monitoring solutions for immersive mixing for music and post in Atmos.
“Immersive audio is one of the most interesting trends in the industry, as it adds 3D realism to music, virtual reality, movies, gaming and more,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. marketing manager. “At NAB, we wanted to give attendees a taste of what they can experience with regard to immersive audio reproduction. It is a very compelling demo.”
Additionally, Genelec is making available a new set of educational tools aimed at helping professionals to better understand and make use of immersive audio. Titled Genelec Immersive Solutions, the publication includes a comprehensive overview of the requirements for creating an effective immersive audio setup, including insights into the most commonly adopted formats and the Genelec solutions required to make the most of them. The guidebook can be downloaded from www.genelec.com/immersive.
(Jim Evans)

 
twinplexNAB19: Shure debuts subminiature range
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

USA - At NAB 2019, Shure has unveiled TwinPlex, the company’s new line of premium subminiature (5 mm) omnidirectional lavalier and headset microphones. Designed to stand up to the toughest conditions, TwinPlex provides natural audio at both high and low frequency when professional vocal performance is a must.
The new patent pending capsule technology offers “best-in-class sound in an easy-to-conceal package, ideal for quick costume changes or discreetly placed under wardrobe with no impact on sound quality”. Developed with input from leading audio professionals, TwinPlex supports the diverse needs of theatre, broadcast, film and television, and corporate presentations to produce high-quality audio production with superior dependability, says the company.
TwinPlex consists of four lavaliers (TL45, TL46, TL47, TL48) and an ultra-light, fully-adjustable headset microphone (TH53) in multiple colours with extensive accessories and options.
The dual-diaphragm omnidirectional design yields “extraordinary off-axis consistency and industry-leading low self-noise creating lifelike vocal clarity and warmth”.
“We’ve put these mics on a number of different people, and they simply sound outstanding. The noise floor is really low, and there’s an appreciated lack of handling noise - clothing noise from the cable is actually nonexistent,” commented Peter Schneider, owner at Gotham Sound.
To simulate years of intense use, the ultra-thin, TwinPlex cable was flexed, stretched, and pulled to the absolute limit in internal tests. Available

 
 
plug-festEuropean PlugFest celebrates France debut
Tuesday, 9 April 2019

France - PlugFest 2019, the event for lighting connectivity, was recently held in Lille, France for the first time. The event, which sold out well in advance, was celebrated by attendees and organisers alike for its productive programme and thriving atmosphere.
The annual event aims to improve the connectivity of lighting products and provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers to test the interoperability of their products. The move to mainland Europe enabled even more professionals from across the continent to convene and collaborate.
“We’ve been coming to PlugFest for many years” says Jon Hole from Eaton, “as it allows us to discuss protocols that are still in development and test our software with newly developed protocols before we release them to our customers.”
38 representatives from 16 leading manufacturers, hailing from 10 different countries were in attendance including GLP, Swisson, Robert Juliat, TMB, Claypaky, Eaton, ChamSys, ETC and Chauvet, as well as the National Theatre and Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD).
Fraser Connolly from CSSD comments, “PlugFest gives us the information to make sure we are teaching cutting-edge technology, to test our own developments and to strengthen ties with manufacturers.”
PlugFest offered a programme of seminars which detailed the most widely used protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, sACN, Art-Net, RDMnet and LLRP. Making the most of these technical sessions, Christian Van Maurik from EldoLED says, “PlugFest offers the opportunity to connect with control dev

 
aesdublingriesingerAES Dublin ‘excites, educates and illuminates’
Friday, 5 April 2019

Ireland - The Audio Engineering Society’s 146th International Pro Audio Convention in Dublin, Ireland drew to a close on 23 March, wrapping up four days of audio science and education that drew attendees from 47 countries.
“It was a pleasure to bring the AES convention to Dublin for the very first time,” commented convention co-chair and Dublin resident Enda Bates, “and an excellent way to kick off the formation of the new AES Ireland regional section in style. It was also great to see a more diverse range of presenters and topics, something which was specifically highlighted by many attendees as a welcome development.”
The convention content was packed with options, notes co-chair Ben Kok, with 200 individual workshops, tutorials, paper and poster presentations and special events held in parallel across the four days of AES Dublin in seven auditoriums in the Dublin Convention Centre.
This year’s convention featured the AES Heyser Memorial lecture Learning to Listen by industry innovator and digital reverb pioneer David Griesinger and the keynote address – arranged by AES Dublin’s third co-chair, Mariana Lopez – Inclusive Sonic Interactions presented by Aalborg University Copenhagen Professor Stefania Serafin.
“For topics like cathedral acoustics and spatial electroacoustic music and education, there was a link between the technical programme, off-site and special events,” Kok elaborates, “Overall, immersive/3D sound and spatial audio had a strong presence at the convention, covering both sonic capture a

 
 
showforceShowforce opens Midlands office
Wednesday, 3 April 2019

UK - Event support company Showforce has opened an office in Coventry’s city centre. It is now well placed to service events and venues throughout the Midlands region. The new office will provide production and technical personnel, corporate event crew, stage and production crew, general and site crew and plant operators, along with its popular crew man and van service.
Headed up by Showforce’s former Middle East operations manager, Michael Boylan following his return to the UK, the Coventry office has recruited large numbers of crew locally who are already working regularly at venues throughout the city and nearby Birmingham, along with other venues based in the Midlands.
The office will deal with all enquiries and bookings along with recruitment, training and accreditation to ensure that the impressive standards of service that Showforce is globally renowned for are maintained.
Showforce’s operations director, Chris Martelly comments, “Agencies, suppliers and venues in the region were regularly mentioning that they were struggling to find hard working crew with the necessary training and skillsets in the region. It was clear that there was a gap in the Midlands for a reputable crewing company with a strong back office operation and highly skilled crew. Michael is from Coventry and he has an excellent knowledge of the event market in the area. This coupled with his Showforce background will stand him in good stead for heading up the new office.”
Recent venues the Showforce crew have been in action at include Ricoh Arena, NEC, ICC,

 
tourflexPL+S: Tourflex Cabling offers customisation
Monday, 1 April 2019

UK - Tourflex Cabling has invested in new state of the art machinery to provide customers with a service that offers even more customisation options for their cabling and connectors, including overmoulding, engraving and different colours.
Cabling and connectors can be overmoulded and sealed in a thermoset material, making them highly resistant to fluids – suitable for outdoor use. The overmould makes products more robust to withstand shock, vibration, and continual flexing without damage to the termination point. Customers can also opt to have their company logos moulded onto their connector to clearly identify it as their property.
Tourflex Cabling now has the capability to provide customer personalisation by laser engraving, allowing the customer’s logo or other information to be etched onto the side of a range of connectors. Engraving provides a permanent identification solution that will not fade or wear away over time.
The manufacturing service can also offer colour options for connector bodies and locking rings. When using a large number of cables, whether it is a live gig or a theatre show, it can be difficult to discern which cable is powering which equipment. Coloured connectors can be attributed to different equipment to make them easily recognisable and can be used to avoid cross connection.
Tourflex Cabling is exhibiting samples of its new offerings, as well as a range of other products (Hall 12.1, Stand D50).
(Jim Evans)

 
 
dlive-wingsPL+S: Allen & Heath shows flypack systems
Thursday, 28 March 2019

Germany - Allen & Heath will be highlighting some of its ultra-compact dLive touring systems at Prolight + Sound.
Currently in use with many international touring artists, from German metal heroes Accept, to fast-rising pop act, Sigrid, dLive Wings systems have rapidly established themselves as one of the most popular options for compact touring.
Central to the dLive Wings concept is the compact C1500 surface, which allows engineers to manage upscale shows from a 19” console, using its 12” touchscreen, 19 assignable SoftKeys and 12 faders over six layers. Paired with any of the dLive MixRacks, the C1500 is a top choice for fly-dates, bus tours, support slots and other scenarios where space and weight are at a premium.
For scenarios where users are seeking an even more compact solution, the company will also be showing off an elegant, surfaceless dLive system, with a pair of touchscreens running dLive Director software controlling the MixRack and a headphones / PFL feed over Dante. These surfaceless systems are often paired with Allen & Heath’s IP8 and IP6 controllers, and/or the MixPad App for even more control options.
“Going from a 36 fader surface to a 12 fader C1500 or a touchscreen can seem daunting at first,” commented Ben Morgan, dLive product manager at Allen & Heath. “But with a bit of planning and smart use of SoftKeys, it’s amazing how quickly engineers embrace the Wings concept and the freedom it brings. I hope we can encourage more people to explore the potential of ultra-compact touring at Prolight + So

 
martin-audio-uk-open-days-march-2019Martin Audio open days build on past success
Thursday, 28 March 2019

UK - Martin Audio’s series of open days, held at the company’s High Wycombe base, enable international resellers to sample the new portfolio of products first-hand, take a factory visit, and partake in the manufacturer’s hospitality.
The opening session on day one this year, dedicated to live sound, was predictably packed, reports the company.
After MD Dom Harter had spoken about the company’s origins, Nigel Meddemmen (technical sales support) ran through the current frontline systems, starting with the point source BlacklineX series and explaining that it should be partnered with the new VIA amp range for best effect.
Moving further upmarket, the XD series offers improved quality and is aimed at the higher end of pro rental. With its rotatable horn it provides a wide range of deployment options, and visitors could clearly hear the difference, both when the XD12 and XD15, powered by the iKON iK81 amp, were run alone, and in partnership with the new SXC118 cardioid sub.
Meddemmen then moved the audience into Martin Audio’s world of Coaxial Differential Dispersion with CDD-LIVE, explaining how this powered, portable box had emanated from the original CDD installation range.
Dom Harter returned to the podium to move the focus onto the line array portfolio, and the theory behind the latest Wavefront Precision series, with its scalable resolution technology.
“Wavefront Precision has quickly become the most successful line array in our history,” notes Harter. “The scalable resolution gives more flexibility and therefore

 
 
leeds2019-seminars-pressrelease-5PLASA Focus Leeds programme announced
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds has announced its line-up of seminars and speakers for this year’s event, taking place on 14-15 May at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.
Alongside the sold-out show floor with brands from across audio, lighting, AV, and staging, the seminars and training sessions provide opportunities to pick up essential technical know-how and gain insights into notable industry developments.
A programme highlight looks to the Royal Albert Hall, which recently received a multi-million-pound audio system upgrade. Ollie Jeffery, head of production and technical at the Royal Albert Hall, and Steve Jones from d&b audiotechnik will discuss their technical process and reveal how the new system is already impacting the audience experience.
Renowned audio consultant Roland Hemming is presenting a series of seminars, kicking off with an introduction to voice alarm systems in which he unpacks the design and installation of emergency audio systems. He will then explain the position of BSI concerning standardisation of voice alarm systems and how Brexit may affect matters. Finally, Hemming will present an overview of digital audio networking, through its history to modern day standards.
Continuing on a theme, Dante return with a Level 2 training session, ideal for those already familiar with Dante. The training will cover redundancy, clocking, latency and multicast, giving attendees the skills to create more advanced systems.
Chartered engineering consultant James Eade will present two seminars on electrics. One which de

 
astera-at-prolightsound-2019-helios-casePL+S: Astera launches Helios tube range
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Germany - Wireless LED lighting manufacturer Astera will use the strategic importance of the Prolight+Sound exhibition in Frankfurt as a vibrant meeting place and European entertainment technology hotspot to launch some new products and showcase its most popular current ranges on stand C20 in hall 12.1.
The new Helios range of LED tubes - smaller, lighter, brighter and more portable than ever - is launched at the expo - available like all Astera products - with “an assortment of accessories to cover every rigging and positioning eventuality”.
Helios tube has all the features and functionality of the popular TitanTube in a smaller, lighter and more transportable package - a neat and powerful little tube which can be mounted in places where a TitanTube might be too long or impractical to rig.
This is also the first time at Prolight+Sound that Astera will show its best-selling TitanTube LED batten product which was launched last summer.
Other highlighted flagship products will include the AX1 PixelTube, the AX3 LightDrop, the AX5 TriplePAR and the AX10 SpotMax.
These powerful, flexible and easy to use products are making a big impact in the worlds of film, video, promos and television as well as in a whole range of events, rental and staging applications and some more esoteric public arts projects.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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