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zero-88-abtt-2018-preview-leisuretec-trainingABTT 2018: Zero 88 highlights FLX range
Wednesday, 30 May 2018

UK - Eaton’s Zero 88 will highlight its FLX range of consoles at the ABTT show on stand E23 in the West Hall at London’s Alexandra Palace next week (6-7 June).
The all new FLX S24 and FLX S48 consoles, the original FLX and the ZerOS Wing will be demonstrated at this event. The desks will run with the latest ZerOS 7.9.4 software.
FLX S24 is a new console that 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, also new, 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 portable, powerful controllers with a small footprint and free apps available for wireless monitoring of the lighting rig, and support for a range of networking accessories.
Visitors can also see Zero 88’s popular Chilli Pro range of dimmers including the new Chilli Pro 12 and Chilli Pro 24 Bypass dimmers with RCBOs.
A selection of neat and useful data distribution and networking devices from Zero 88 will also be showcased, including Split2.8 RDM, EtherN.8 RDM and the SCD Server Pro DMX generator.
(Jim Evans)

speakerwebsafeITEAC 2018: Diller and Starr complete keynote line-up
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

UK - The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference has confirmed its final keynote speakers.
Joining the array of confirmed speakers from around the world is founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), Elizabeth Diller, whose New York-based design studio practice spans the fields of architecture, urban design, installation art, multi-media performance, digital media, and print.
Her appearance on Monday, 4 June 2018 will be complemented by co-founder of the Bridge Theatre and former National Theatre executive director, Nick Starr CBE, on Tuesday, 5 June 2018.
(Jim Evans)

alcons--astro-demoroom--infocomm-2017InfoComm 2018: Alcons and ASA get immersed
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - At last year’s annual InfoComm show, delegates in Orlando were treated to the US debut of the Astro Spatial Audio: Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience. This year, the ‘Live Entertainment Capital of the World’ is the latest stop on its international tour.
In the acoustically-optimised room N106, the Astro Spatial Audio: Alcons Pro-Ribbon Immersive Experience will showcase the remarkable possibilities of high quality, object-based immersive audio from 3D live sound specialist Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Hourly demonstrations will take place each day, featuring the company’s 3U rack-mountable SARA II Premium Rendering Engine, used in combination with Alcons CRMS / CRMSC SR Cinema Reference Monitor systems and the new VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor. The demonstration will deliver the ultimate in clarity and coverage, which is ideal for any immersive application.
Previewed in February and officially launched at the Prolight+Sound show in April, the VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features Alcons patent-pending waveguide technology, allowing any dispersion to be achieved in the vertical plane. It is the ideal unit to highlight the innovation of ASA’s live 3D audio in demonstrations that have been impressing trade show visitors throughout the world.
In room N105: the half-hourly Alcons Audio Pro-Ribbon Sound Systems demonstrations will introduce show visitors to Alcons pro-ribbon technology with a 5.1/7.1 immersive audio system, featuring VR8 compact versatile monitors, CRMS Cinema Reference Monitor Systems, CB181sl

infocomm-2017-ck-23InfoComm 2018: d&b talks integration and creation
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

USA - d&b audiotechnik is returning to InfoComm on 5-8 June, with its stand #C982 “brimming with all the latest audio solutions for seamless installation and interoperability”.
For the first time, visitors will be able to explore the full extent of what tailor-made means at d&b, with the new d&b Custom solutions programme consolidating the company’s long-term appreciation for individuality and character. No matter the project size, the rigging, colour and weatherisation of any d&b system can be ideally matched to even the most challenging interior and outdoor spaces. A Yi Special Version Stadium system will be rigged on the booth for its US show debut showcasing examples of what’s available.
Following the global launch in April this year the new top of the range GSL System from the SL Series will also be making its US show debut. The GSL System is a complete solution created specifically for the largest sound reinforcement applications in significantly sized arenas, stadiums and festivals, to accurately deliver any performance style or musical genre.
Away from the stand, the team will be welcoming visitors to demo room #N119 for two presentations: the d&b Soundscape, and Integration and Interoperability, running throughout the show multiple times a day. In the d&b Soundscape session, visitors will experience a world beyond stereo, made possible by the DS100 Signal engine, a revolution in signal processing.
Meanwhile, Integration and Interoperability will take a look at the d&b approach to integrating syste

jaco-beukes-and-kyle-robson-from-dwrDWR schedules Quest open days
Tuesday, 29 May 2018

South Africa - Quest Engineering distributor DWR Distribution is hosting three Quest open days across its three offices.
Taking place in Johannesburg (18 June), Durban (20 June) and Cape Town (22 June), the events will enable attendees to meet Quest’s Frank Andrewartha and view the range of the company's loudspeakers and amplifiers.
Robert Izzett from DWR comments: “We will have the bulk of the Quest range on display for our customers to view. A 40ft container has arrived and demo kits will be delivered to each DWR branch in time for the Quest open day.”
Izzett adds: “Quest is an excellent solution for smaller events and conferences in the rental market, when a large line-array is not required. It really is the perfect product, backed up with fantastic service from the Quest team.”
The Quest Open Day, which runs from 9am to 5pm local time, will include two small workshops presented by Andrewartha at 10am and 2pm daily.
(Jim Evans)

peex-press-shot-websafePeex platform connects fans with artists
Friday, 25 May 2018

UK - Peex, a new technology that enables interactive multi-channel mixing of live sound, has been unveiled.
Peex Live allows fans to tweak the live mix at a concert by transmitting an encrypted live audio feed split into five channels to the audience, which is picked up by Peerx rX, a wearable device attached to earphones. Fans can then adjust the five channels via Peex’s Bluetooth app, and the rX will blend their personal mix with the live sound.
The rX is provided with a set of earbuds but any set of 3.5mm-jack headphones can be used.
Peex, which is backed by Rocket Music Management, also launched a platform for performers - Peex Relive, where artists can sell audio downloads of past and future live shows in the company’s five-channel interactive audio format.
Graham Tull, chief technology officer and co-founder of Peex, comments: “We’re delighted to unveil Peex. Through focussing on adding genuine value both to music fans and the music industry ecosystem, we’ve invented new music technology that we’re all very proud of and believe will revolutionise the live music experience. Artists, labels and venues will all benefit from a closer dialogue with their audience via the Peex app. We’re looking forward to putting Peex into action with our upcoming partnerships including A-list talent - it’s sure to be a game-changer for fans, artists, and the live music experience.”
Mike Dawson, CFO of Rocket Music Management, adds: “Over the last three years, Rocket has worked closely with the team at Peex as they've developed their

nadjawallaszkovitsAES Milan celebrates The Power of Sound
Friday, 25 May 2018

Italy - The AES Milan 144th International Convention, taking place 23-26 May, opened on Wednesday under this year’s theme of The Power of Sound.
AES executive director Bob Moses welcomed attendees and praised volunteers and staff during the opening ceremonies. He introduced AES president David Scheirman, who highlighted the attraction of the Milan region as a historically significant centre of technological innovation, led by visionaries including Leonardo Da Vinci and Marconi - such innovation continuing today with a concentration of professional audio manufacturers.
Scheirman said AES Conventions fulfil the AES’ mission of promoting advancements in the science and practice of professional audio, “bringing leading people and ideas together." 
As 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the Society, Scheirman reminded that in 1948, five individuals gathered to form the AES, which now counts over 12,500 members worldwide. In the past year, the AES has seen the creation of new professional sections in Nigeria and Taiwan, along with a new student section in Quito, Ecuador - the first AES sections in these countries.
The AES has seen eight-percent membership growth in the first quarter of 2018 compared to 2017. While highlighting the benefits of membership, including the largest repository of audio knowledge on the planet - the over 17,000 papers in the AES online E-Library and over 200 videos in the AES Live: Videos series - Scheirman encouraged all audio professionals to become members and for all members to “get involved”.

plugfest2018mESTA Plugfest returns in July
Friday, 25 May 2018

USA - The ESTA Control Protocols Plugfest, the event that enables manufacturers and developers to test their lighting products for network interoperability, is scheduled to take place from 20-23 July at the D/FW Marriott Solana in Westlake, Texas.
Plugfest offers delegates an opportunity to connect their lighting product with those of other manufacturers to test and resolve network compatibility issues.
The event also offers a chance to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of the Control Protocols Working Group - one of the Technical Standards Program’s largest working groups. ESTA invites the industry to drop in and experience Plugfest.
Attendees can bring controllers, intelligent lights, control protocol analysers, and other network connected components. The event is open to both ESTA and non-ESTA members.
Full details are available at
(Jim Evans)

wicreations-eurovision-2018-dsc1315Wicreations elevates Eurovision 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018

Portugal - Stage engineering specialist WIcreations supplied four of their heavy duty TP06 stage elevators to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) production which was headed by technical directors Ola Melzig and Tobias Åburg.
The event, viewed by 200m across the globe, was staged at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.
The four TP06 lifts were installed under the stage which was part of the elaborate set designed by Florian Wieder, and were used for two of the 43 finalists, Austria’s third placed Cesár Sampson and Belarus contestant Alekseev.
The project was designed and co-ordinated for WI by Geert Stockmans and tech’d and looked after on site by Mateo Marastoni working alongside Robert Roos who was the production’s props and special staging co-ordinator.
One TP06 lift was positioned centrally beneath the stage and surrounded by the other three, all of them supporting a trussing structure with a 6m triangular section of decking on top. This top section split in two – donut style – with a central cut out that could elevate independently on the middle lift.
For Austria, the whole wedge section lifted up several metres in a dramatic moment with the artist on top to reveal a set of vertically rigged LED battens below, on the underside. Chasing and twinkling, these gave the appearance that the artist was floating in the air as the platform rose up, all helping to make him a favourite with the crowd.
While the Belarus entry didn’t make it through the first semi-final (also televised) this year, it was not before a rousing perf

stage-set-2017Stage|Set|Scenery at BTT Dresden conference
Thursday, 24 May 2018

Germany - From 13-15 June 2018 the international trade show and conference for theatre, film and event technology will be represented at the Stage Technology Conference (BTT) of Deutsche Theatertechnische Gesellschaft (DTHG) at the Ostrapark in Dresden.
The BTT is an advanced training event organised by the theatre and event technology industry in German-speaking countries. A total of 84 companies will be represented there, including established family-run firms and innovative enterprises, ranging from small start-ups to major market leaders.
This year, the Stage Technology Conference is taking place for the 59th time. At the same time DTHG will be holding a ceremony to celebrate its 111th anniversary. Dr. Günter Winands, ministerial director and head of department at the government representative's Office for Cultural and Media Affairs, Marc Grandmontagne, managing director of Deutscher Bühnenverein, and Bert Determann, president of the international organisation OISTAT, have all agreed to attend.
The extensive programme of supporting events comprises around 70 lectures, seminars, round table discussions, workshops and excursions. High points of the conference will include the SoundLab, specially designed for the BTT and Stage|Set|Scenery, the technology presentations at the Anatomical Theatre, and presentations by the stage-set artists and sculptors of Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Dresden. Participants will also have an opportunity to exchange views with representatives of educational establishments, associations, accident insurances as well

koiKOI-USA Awards now open for nominations
Thursday, 24 May 2018

USA - The Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) is now open for nominations.
The KOI Awards, launched in the USA in April, have been celebrating the achievements of lighting and video designers working in a range of entertainment genres in the UK for 10 years, with the first US edition set to coincide with LDI 2018 in Las Vegas.
Nominations for KOI USA are rolling in across all three categories - Theatre, Concert Touring & Events, and Live for Broadcast - with five awards in each category up for grabs. To be eligible for nomination, productions must have been performed or broadcast in the USA between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.
In the UK, the organisers have reported “a record number of nominations” ahead of the 30 June deadline.

Visit the relevant website for more information on how to nominate:

The five awards in each category at KOI USA are:
Theatre - Dance, Opera, Plays, Musicals and Projection Design;
Live for Broadcast - Scripted Series, Unscripted Series, Awards Shows, Set & Video Design, Entertainment & Events;
Concert Touring & Events - Events, Video Content, Club, Stage, Arena.

KOI organisers, Live Design and The Fifth E

zero-ohmZero-Ohm brings innovation to InfoComm
Wednesday, 23 May 2018

USA - Montreal-based Zero-Ohm will show MS-4R5, a two-input, two-output rack mounted system at InfoComm 2018. Meanwhile, the new MS-2R (2000W version) will debut at the Las Vegas-based event. The company’s Multispeaker system won a Best New Product Technology award at the Innovations Showcase at InfoComm 2017.

“Our primary product is well beyond the testing phase,” says co-founder George Dracopoulos. “There are existing installations that have been operational for over three years. Our technology already provides the key benefit of full range sound on major installs that far exceed the limitations of traditional 70V and 100V solutions. Building on the revolutionary design, that eliminates the need for transformers, we continue to push the frontiers of big sound with our plug-n-play system."

The Zero-Ohm Multispeaker system is a passive device that interconnects between any amplifier and multiple loudspeakers without worrying about amplifier speaker loads, impedance and extremely long cables runs. This device allows users to connect 20, 30, 40 or more speakers in parallel to one amplifier without the use of transformers. Up until now, the ability to connect multiple speakers in parallel was confronted by the issue of operating the amplifier at a safe impedance. Although there are amplifiers that operate at 4 ohms and 2 ohms safely, any effort to drive them below the rated resistance load led to device failure. The system is ideal for major audio applications:test

mxwproduct-suitewhiteplus2upqgShure showcases Microflex at InfoComm
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

USA - At InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas, Shure will feature the new Microflex Complete integrated audio system for conferences and meetings. Available in wireless and wired configurations, and with advanced meeting productivity tools, the systems delivers natural, intelligible audio for both in-room participants and remote attendees.
Boasting easy set-up, configuration and solid audio capabilities, Microflex Complete Wireless supports productive, engaging meetings even in the most challenging wireless communications environments, says the company.
The Microflex Complete Wireless system combines a fully-featured discussion system with wireless convenience for government, corporate, and educational facilities, and speeds setup in dynamic meeting spaces or at temporary meeting locations, such as hotels and conference centres.
With no cable limitations, Microflex Complete Wireless is suitable for use in historic buildings or rooms with flexible seating. Automatic Interference Detection and Avoidance technology delivers reliable RF transmission in even the most congested RF environments and robust AES-128 audio encryption provides enhanced privacy. Each wireless conferencing unit is powered by a smart Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery for up to 11 hours, and a single access point can control up to 125 wireless units without additional software or licenses.
“In a world where conferences of all sizes require efficient, easy set-up and coordination, Microflex Complete Wireless empowers the most productive of meetings - from start to finish,” said Bill

current-websafeCurrent RMS showcases new software features
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

UK - Celebrating PLASA Focus Leeds’ 10th anniversary at the start of May, Current RMS was back at the popular show, exhibiting new features of its cloud-based rental management software to stand visitors.
In between catching up with their customers and demonstrating their software to new faces, the show proved an opportunity to showcase its new and highly-anticipated feature, Deal Pricing.
Requested directly by Current users via their online wishlist, Deal Pricing allows users to apply an agreed deal price straight to a job. This overrides the charge total and can either be applied as a blanket figure to all items on the job, or to individual groups, for example, audio or conference room sub-labels.
Handy for providing clients with friendlier quotations and charging a neat deal price for a job, feedback at the show was “overwhelmingly positive”. As with all features, Deal Pricing was built with the AV, Lighting and Events industries and processes in mind. The feature is now in final testing stages and due to be released extremely soon. Built alongside this release, the development team behind Current RMS have also released Two Factor Authentication since the show, providing a new option to add an extra layer of security when users are logging into their rental business. With new GDPR legislation deadlines looming, when this new feature is enabled, users will have to enter a unique code sent to their smartphone to gain access to their sensitive business data, just another way in which Current users can safeguard their rental data.

slxSLX announces student bursary winners
Tuesday, 22 May 2018

UK - Hire and events company SLX has announced the successful applicants for its 2018 bursary scheme, which sees the company supporting five students enrolled on production courses with £3000 of hire equipment as well as networking and development opportunities.
Spanning the UK, the students attend different institutions and are enrolled on a variety of technical production focussed courses. Third year students and graduating this year are Ashley Holdom (Rose Bruford) and Ryan Searle (Bristol Old Vic) and the 2nd year students receiving the bursary are Alex Silvester (University of Bolton – Backstage Academy), Georgia Wren - LIPA and Ben Linwood (Guildford School of Acting).
As well as receiving the £3000 bursary to support a project of the student’s choosing, the five applicants were also welcomed into SLX Avonmouth, spending two full days in May with the SLX team. This experience allowed the students to attend a number of talks and workshops, organised by SLX and hosted by a number of other professionals. These covered topics such as the world of freelancing, audio and video training, and networking training.
Leading the programme for SLX, customer service manager, Katy Lowe, and business development manager, Ruari Cormack, were responsible for picking the successful applicants.
Ruari Cormack says: “We’re delighted to give these young people, who really are the future of the industry, that extra helping hand as they embark on their careers in the industry. These five were picked as they impressed Katy and I with the clarity of t

cymaticaudioutracklowresCymatic Audio stars at Eurovision 2018
Monday, 21 May 2018

Europe - Cymatic Audio, specialists in audio recording and playback for live performance solutions, participated in the recent Eurovision Song Contest in partnership with data storage specialists Angelbird Technologies.
Multiple Cymatic Audio uTrack24 systems loaded with the Angelbird SSD2GO PKT 512GB SSD card and Cymatic Audio’s optional MADI card were chosen to act as Line ID systems for the commentary system at ESC.
Cymatic Audio CEO, Arie van den Broek, comments: “From a broadcast perspective, the Eurovision Song Contest is one of biggest live events of the year, and so reliability is of paramount importance. Just as the show itself is live, so therefore is the commentary with all the commentators broadcasting live to their own countries.
“The Cymatic Audio/Angelbird solution was used to set up, identify and test the commentary circuits prior to the event. The equipment performed perfectly throughout, delivering everything that was required of it - impeccable audio quality, rock-solid reliability and a high channel count at an extremely attractive price point.”
(Jim Evans)

powersoftLastrucci to explore Mains to Acoustic Efficiency at AES Milan
Friday, 18 May 2018

Italy - Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft co-founder, is set to present a case study entitled Mains to Acoustic Efficiency at the Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention in Milan later this month.
The AES event, which alternates between a US and European location each year and is in its 144th edition, will take place this year at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
In his case study, Lastrucci will demonstrate how the power requirements to feed a subwoofer are defined. Standardised and programme audio signals will be applied and results directly measured on real devices. Measurements on true power input, true power output, and overall efficiency in the amplification chain will be addressed including different amplification topologies. This will reveal surprisingly high overall mains input to acoustic output chain efficiency in the specific, usable, passband of the speaker.
He comments: “As an Italian audio manufacturer it is wonderful to welcome to the AES Convention to Milan for its European outing this year. Our home country is known globally for its technology and manufacturing prowess, rooted in a culture of invention and innovation which is evident way back in history.”
Lastrucci co-founded Powersoft S.p.A in 1995 in Florence and acts as research and development director for the professional amplifier manufacturer. In this role, he works across power electronic, audio amplification signal processing, applied mechanics, acoustic and transducer design.
(Jim Evans)

charity-film-awards-2--daniel-garrido-moralesWhite Light sponsors Charity Film Awards
Wednesday, 16 May 2018

UK - The Charity Film Awards have been created to celebrate the success of film in fundraising, to increase exposure of charity films and to encourage donations for good causes. This year’s ceremony took place at Central Hall Westminster on Friday, 11 May where White Light is the venue’s production service partner. Attended by more than 300 people, WL provided a complete technical production solution as part of their commitment to sponsoring this event.
WL’s venue manager James Thurlow comments: “The Charity Film Awards is the only one of its kind, and we wanted to support them in creating an unforgettable evening. To achieve this, we worked closely with co-founder of the Charity Film Awards; Simon Burton to ensure that we delivered on his vision for the evening and to ensure smooth running. We are pleased to be able to offer Central Hall Westminster a charity awards production package which is functional, cost effective and looks stunning.”
On the evening, presenter Chessie King took to the stage to introduce a selection of winning and shortlisted films during the black-tie gala ceremony. These included entries from the National Autistic Society, The British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Save The Children and Movember. The moving film clips were interspersed with entertainment from band Mercutio, singer Corrina Jane and magician and public speaker, Peter Wardell.
The winners were picked by a combination of public votes and a panel of expert judges, with more than 60,000 members of the public voting for their favourite charity films. Char

sennheiserSennheiser returns to The Great Escape
Wednesday, 16 May 2018

UK - Sennheiser is making a return to Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival from 17-19 May, where it will be celebrating 20 years of its Evolution wired microphones.
To mark the occasion, Sennheiser is taking its 20 Years of Evolution tour bus to the festival where it will be inviting artists to talk to Sennheiser representatives and discuss their equipment and audio requirements. Festival-goers can also experience the sound of Sennheiser microphones - which are also being used throughout the festival - and enter competitions to win Sennheiser headphones.
Sennheiser’s SpeechLine Digital Wireless range will also feature in the festival’s conference meeting rooms.
The tour bus will be located on New Road and will also host the first Sennheiser Sessions outside the bus on the Thursday (17 May) and Friday (18 May) at 5.30pm.
(Jim Evans)

avolites--ma-lighting-4MA Lighting and Avolites lead anti-counterfeit action
Wednesday, 16 May 2018

China - MA Lighting and Avolites had blocked alleged infringing companies from exhibiting certain products at the recent Guangzhou Entertainment Technology (GET) exhibition after a number of product copyright infringements were identified by both companies and the GET organisers.
The move comes shortly after the two stage lighting solutions manufacturers joined forces in a similar action against an alleged counterfeiter at Frankfurt’s Prolight+Sound.
Franco Zaghini, director of business development for MA Lighting, and Avolites’ sales director Koy Neminathan led the team to negotiate with alleged counterfeit manufacturers on the show floor and asked them to withdraw all displayed infringing products.
Zaghini comments: “On the first day of the show, we sat with the GET organisers to show them all our patents, trademarks and IPs and their authenticity. At the same time, our staff went around the exhibition halls to identify potential infringers. The second day, we visited the booths of [these] companies accompanied by GET show organisers. We sat at the table of their booths with their management, owners and staff who had declared themselves entitled to speak with us.
“After showing them the proof of our patents and IP rights, none of [them] had any objections and they removed voluntarily all the infringing products.”
The GET show organisers warned that pirating can become “a malignant tumour that harms the industry”, adding: “It is understandable to learn advanced foreign technology through imitation during the early year

Reproduced Sound 2018 – last call for papers
Friday, 11 May 2018

UK - The call for papers deadline for Reproduced Sound 2018 - Putting Sound in its Place is fast approaching. Abstracts (150 words) for papers plus a short biography of up to 150 words should be sent to by Friday 18 May 2018.
Organised by the Electroacoustics Group of the Institute of Acoustics in collaboration with ABTT, AES, APRS & ISCE, the event is staged at The Bristol Hotel, Princes Street, Bristol, 27-29 November 2018. The 34th Reproduced Sound Conference will focus on all aspects of electroacoustics.
Authors are encouraged to include practical elements in their presentations and could be allocated extra time if required.
(Jim Evans)

iteac2018bridgetheatrelondontwitterITEAC 2018 programme details confirmed
Friday, 11 May 2018

UK - The International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference is now less four weeks away and the daily timetable is revealed, showing where more than 30 sessions have been placed in the three-day schedule.
Since the first programme announcement and with Mark Rylance and Graham Vick as confirmed keynote speakers and the news of the Bridge Theatre session and visit, the Editorial Board has been working hard to confirm the speaker line-up.
Hot industry topic of the moment, lamps for stage lighting and the threat posed by new EU regulations, will be discussed in Bursting the Bubble: LED, Regulation and the Future of Lighting, when the question of how specifiers deal with a rapidly changing world in which environmental and regulatory factors are becoming ever more significant, will be investigated.
On the flip side, Raising the Standard will review the hard work of many individuals within the entertainment industry who have created and implement a raft of engineering standards over the last 20 years in both Europe and the USA.
Heavy Lifting: Stage Engineering, is it worth it? will examine the technologies behind three very different stage engineering systems and how the venues get the most out of them.
In The Move to Automation Product and the Connected Theatre, the views of the panel will be heard on custom theatre automation systems verses the move to standardise systems, which may see the engineering equivalent of open lighting and sound protocols, whilst Is it Real? The Use of Digital Technologies

plugfestLatest Plugfest hailed a ‘huge success’
Thursday, 10 May 2018

UK - The PLASA Lighting Protocols Plugfest 2018, held recently at London Gatwick, was hailed a “huge success”, with attendance numbers up on previous Plugfest events and more protocols added to the programme.
Plugfest offers manufacturers of lighting products an opportunity to test the interoperability of their products with other equipment. It’s the only event of its kind in Europe where product engineers and software developers can test and debug, improve connectivity and ensure the reliability of lighting products.
Manufacturers from across Europe were in attendance including ARRI, Artistic Licence, ChamSys, Company NA, Eaton, eldoLED, ETC, Howard Eaton Lighting, JESE, Lamp & Pencil, LSS GmbH, LumenRadio AB, Robert Juliat, Rod Boyce, Swisson, TMB, Wireless Solutions and Volksoper Wien GmbH.
Protocols discussed at the event included Art-Net, DALI, DMX512, RDM, and sACN, with help and advice on offer from the organisers and protocol experts Hamish Dumbreck (J.E.S.E), Peter Willis (Howard Eaton Lighting) and Wayne Howell (Artistic Licence). Running alongside was a conference programme, with technical round-table sessions discussing the forthcoming RDMnet and File/Firmware transfer protocols and the recent DALI 2 and device type extensions.
Wayne Howell comments: “We saw a lot of new faces and enthusiasm that the event had been widened to include all lighting protocols, not just RDM. One new participant told me that he regretted not having previously participated and that he would certainly be back next year.”
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james-mason-with-new-ips-logo-02IPS brand update in preparation for summer
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

UK - Milton Keynes-based IPS announced an updated look at the recent PLASA Focus Leeds, in preparation for what is set to be company’s busiest summer yet. IPS now employs a total of 35 full time staff, and with a further four staff joining for the summer season.
IPS is a well-established operation, known by many for its large hire stock of LiteDeck staging and outdoor roof structures, alongside technical equipment hire ranges. However, when starting the process of redeveloping the company website, it quickly become apparent that some customers referred to the company as Impact, some as Impact Productions and many other variants.
After much discussion, and despite the original IPS logo being on literally thousands of items, the decision was made to refresh the logo, and adjust the company name accordingly. This process has also lead to the three key areas of the business being now defined as Staging & Structures, Technical Production and Trade Hire. Working with a local branding agency, the new logo was developed, and the website has subsequently also been updated to Although at a glance the changes appear not hugely dramatic, as neatly summarised by business manager Karl Saunders, “Sometimes just a simple change can make everything clearer.”
Staging and structures is one of the most well-known elements offered by IPS, and despite the changing market, summer 2018 is already looking to have the most number of confirmed bookings in the history of the company. Increasing numbers of customers are also choosing to have some element o


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