UK - At this year’s PLASA Show, UK immersive audio and showcontrol specialists Out Board demonstrated the new StageSpace object-based spatial environment auto-rendering tool within the new TiMax 500S software.
The stand featured a miniature booth-sized demo of TiMax’s ‘orchestral hugeness experience’, which has been trialled on some arena-scale and festival-sized stages across Europe this summer.
Out Board co-owner Dave Haydon comments: “Even under the slightly challenging conditions of a busy tradeshow floor, people were overwhelmed by the realistic spatial enhancement that StageSpace added to multitrack classical and jazz music playback. Of particular note was the adaptive nature of the StageSpace rendering that allows quick delivery of full immersion for audience members while using relatively minimal and flexible speaker system topologies.”
Haydon also contributed to the audio panel that led the discussion on System Design and the Future with Immersive Sound, held in the Audio & AV seminar Theatre.
He adds: “It was a pleasure to contribute to a healthy discourse on this very current theme. All in all, we had a highly productive and rewarding PLASA Show.”
UK - Alan Jacobi of Unusual Rigging was honoured with the 2018 Gottelier Award at the PLASA Show. Named in memory of Tony Gottelier, the renowned industry innovator and commentator, this annual award recognises product developers who have made significant long-term contributions to the advancement of entertainment, presentation or installation technology.
Voted for by his industry peers, Jacobi was this year's recipient, having worked rigorously to raise the profile and professionalism of the rigging industry and having long recognised the need for training and education in the sector. He has been a driving force behind the NRC accreditation scheme since the beginning in 2005, and Unusual Rigging is an Assessment Centre for the NRC.
Jacobi comments: "I am so very honoured, not just to be this year's recipient of the Gottelier Award, but to know how much support I have from industry peers, friends and colleagues. They not only voted me the winner of this year's award, but have been a source of support over the years as we strive to give riggers the credit and professional respect they deserve."
He continues: "We have just made a giant step forward, having just this month won the case for having a CSCS card for members of the rigging industry to access construction sites and carry out the work they need to do. The Gottelier Award by no means signals that my work on this issue is done – there's still lots left to do and I look forward to the challenge."
UK - Avolites’ video and lighting control integration system Synergy has won a coveted PLASA Awards for Innovation.
Picked by an expert panel of judges, Synergy stood out because it “opens up the creative opportunities for visual effects on stage as well as providing time-saving opportunities in production workflow.”
Koy Neminathan, Avolites sales director, says: “We’re all thrilled that Synergy has won a PLASA Innovation Award. Synergy is the product of years of experience and innovation as we continue to push forward what’s possible for total visual creative control. To have this recognised by the judges is a testament to the forward-thinking attitude at Avolites and the hard work we put in to achieving our vision of the future - which is empowering our users to achieve even more incredible things.”
Synergy was launched at this year’s Prolight+Sound and quickly gained acclaim for being a simple and functional solution that enables users to connect and configure Ai media server from the Titan interface.
Stephen Baird-Smith, Avolites sales manager, adds: “Developing the integration of two very different platforms is a formidable challenge, but one which makes so much sense for our industry. Our goal is to create a platform which is creative enough to ‘speak’ to the artists who are creating content, or lighting the shows or scenery, yet is technically adept enough to be able to deliver all of the detail and precision that is required on shows.”
The PLASA Awards for Innovation, organised in collaboration
Belgium - Boomtown Fest (see LSi September 2018) is part of the 10-day Gentse Feesten (Ghent cultural festivities) in Belgium. Running since 1843, and therefore celebrating its 175th anniversary, today it attracts as many as 1.7m visitors over the duration.
Held at the 850-capacity Handelsbeurs Concert Hall, as well as Opera Ghent and on outside festival grounds, Boomtown started in the year 2,000, and today provides three stages and 41 acts over five days. The event combines indie music from some of the country’s up and coming talent with international acts like Suzanne Vega (who appeared in Opera Ghent).
Martin Audio’s rental partner, ARC-Productions from Dentergem, added MLA Compact to their vast inventory of the manufacturer’s components back in 2014, when they used it for the first time at Boomtown. Prior to that they had deployed Martin Audio’s W8LC, and going back even further, a W8C and W8CS combination.
This year they hung eight elements of MLA Compact on each stage wing, with 12 x SXH218 subwoofers in 4 x 3 stacks, run in cardioid mode. They also added two MLA Mini / MSX delay positions to cover a 900sq.m outdoor area. This met a design and specification conceived by freelance sound engineer, Jan De Rycke, who was appointed by the organisers.
However, MLA needed astute optimisation by De Rycke himself, to ensure there was no offsite pollution and that levels rem
UK - Innovative technology and insightful seminars have been the highlights on Day One at the PLASA Show, with exhibitors wowing visitors with new technologies and stylish solutions.
After revealing its new stand concept, Platinum Sponsor Robe continues to showcase its latest lighting fixtures in a show-stopping stand production featuring a dance troupe, rain, fire and a mysterious cave, all visible from the Gallery Level. “We decided to create a ‘Lost World’ trilogy for three trade shows,” explains design duo Nathan Wan and Andy Webb. “We drew inspiration from Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones and the Goonies, creating an epic fire VS water battle. We always go big and this year sees a 22m wide rain feature.”
Stand aesthetics have led the way for Yamaha, too. Chris Irvine, Yamaha’s product manager, says: “This year we took a new approach which has had a great reaction. Rather than bringing loads of gear, we built an aesthetically-pleasing stand and chose a few key products - the legacy PM5D digital mixing console which is out of production, and the modern, cutting-edge PM7. This has allowed us to engage with visitors regarding which products they have used over the years.”
Debuting at PLASA for the first time are Epson with their PLASA Award for Innovation-nominated EB-L1755U projector, which has already proved itself as a show-stopper. Sharon Head, sales manager for Epson, says: “I’ve been delighted by our first time at PLASA Show - it has exceeded expectations. Footfall came quick and fast and we’ve met interesting new potentia
UK - The leading lights of the entertainment production industry descended on London's Eventim Apollo on Sunday night, where the winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards were announced.
A record number of people attended the glittering ceremony this year, which brings together entertainment technology professionals from around the world. The Knight of Illumination Awards celebrate the achievements of lighting and video designers working in the fields of theatre, television and concert touring & events.
This, the eleventh Knight of Illumination Awards, saw more nominations than ever before, with the winners in each category chosen by a wholly independent panel of judges, all experts in their respective sectors.
The winners of the 2018 Knight of Illumination Awards are as follows:
UK - The 41st edition of PLASA Show - the worldwide event for live entertainment technologies (16-18 September) - opened the doors of London Olympia this morning along with Platinum Sponsor Robe, Silver Sponsor Infinity and Hawthorn as Technical Sponsor. The atmosphere is tangible as exhibitors and visitors waste no time in browsing new products and discussing industry trends.
200+ brands are present representing each sector across the live events and entertainment spectrum, and the seminar programme is brimming with expert sessions and enlivening talks. Plus, the all new Hands-on Rigging Area and Rigging Theatre are welcoming both aspirational and seasoned riggers.
“After months of hard work, the team and I are excited to see PLASA Show 2018 in action”, says PLASA managing director Peter Heath. “Many of our industry’s leading brands are here with their iconic products and fresh launches, and our programme, delivered by hand-picked professionals, will enthral a wider audience than ever before. Whatever you’re into, you’ll find it at PLASA Show 2018.”
The show has already seen several UK debuts and revealed brand new products, including the hotly anticipated SuperSpikie from Robe - the bigger, brighter, bolder version of Spikie. This versatile product, ideal for stage, set or studio, is dazzling visitors with its rich colour, powerful zoom and additional rotating gobo feature. Following on from last year’s popular ‘mirror man’ performance, Robe’s 2018 stand offers an exclusive viewing platform, creating a unique way to experie
UK - Elation Professional is introducing TwinkLED, a new and innovative LED lens design offering creative layers of powerful light beams and elegant lens illumination. TwinkLEDs offers a prominent, patent-pending LED pixel effect using dedicated high-brightness pixels inside large front lenses to provide additional layers of creativity for the lighting designer.
Shown on stand H40 for the first time anywhere is an all new visual effect - the Rayzor 760, a compact yet extremely powerful LED wash effects luminaire and the first fixture to feature Elation’s the TwinkLED system. With a wide zoom range from 8° to 77°, the Rayzor 760 provides intense and well-defined mid-air beams with over 8000 lumens, as well as an exceptionally wide and even wash coverage.
The Rayzor 760 is also available in a compact and lightweight weather and dust protected IP65 version, the Proteus Rayzor 760, for use in any environment and under adverse conditions.
Elation will be showcasing the CMY colour-mixing Smarty Hybrid at PLASA and is introducing an IP65-rated version, the Proteus Smarty Hybrid.
Also on hand will be the Artiste Van Gogh, a powerful framing wash LED luminaire that’s the ideal partner to the profile luminaires in Elation’s growing Artiste range.
The Netherlands - Audio-Technica is to unveil a pair of new shotgun microphones from its Broadcast & Production series at IBC2018. The BP28 and BP28L combine low-noise, large diaphragm condenser elements in shotgun models with tight polar patterns, making them suitable for long-range sound recordings.
Two lengths are available, with the BP28 being 355mm long, the BP28L 568mm - both feature a patented acoustic port to maintain directionality across the entire frequency range.
The new models offer market-leading dynamic range, with self-noise of just 3dB (BP28L) and 8dB (BP28) in conjunction with remarkable SPL handling (143dB in the case of the BP28 and 138dB for the BP28L). They bring studio microphone-like response to distance miking applications such as on movie sets, location TV, sports broadcasting and more.
The BP28 and BP28L are expected to be available in Europe in Winter 2018.
Alongside a range of other Audio-Technica broadcast microphones - used for the world’s biggest sporting events - the company will also be showing its latest 3000 Series and 5000 Series wireless systems at IBC.
UK - Chroma-Q's new Studio Force II and Brute Force high intensity tuneable white LED fixtures will make their show debut alongside the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media control system at PLASA 2018.
The Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white wash light uses a homogenised LED source capable of delivering variable colour temperature, plus/minus green shift control and the ability to produce deep saturated colours when needed. It is ideal for TV Broadcast, film and other situations demanding high quality tuneable white light.
The Brute Force LED alternative to a quarter ‘Wendy’ light was developed and rigorously tested in a variety of ‘real world’ scenarios to ensure optimal functionality across many indoor and outdoor applications; to create a true LED full colour RGB-W lamphead that draws just 15 amps @ 240V. Robustly designed, it has an extended (2,000K - 10,000K) CCT range.
The multi award-winning Color Force II cyc, wash & effects and Inspire house lighting LED fixtures featuring RGBA-mixing homogenised optics, will also be shown.
Making its UK show debut is Vista 3 by Chroma-Q, the new lighting & media control system developed to dramatically enhance existing functionality and introduce an array of intelligent new features that appeal to both existing and new users.
UK - J&C Joel returns to the PLASA Show as it continues to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
The company, which is one of the leading manufacturers and installers of flame-retardant fabrics, flooring and stage engineering solutions, will be exhibiting on stand A45 at the show.
During PLASA, J&C Joel will relaunch its new and improved Serge Tape in response to high demand from customers. They will also be showcasing other new products including Euro Wool Serge, Empress, Super Wide Width IFR Canvas and the West End Velvets.
JCJ Serge Tape is designed to provide a quick, easy repair of tears in black Wool Serge drapes will be available in 25m rolls which are 50mm wide and is sure to be a staple product in the events and entertainment industry. A roll will be on hand for people to look at as well as some in application on a piece of Wool Serge.
During the event the company will also launch an exciting new scheme with the Theatres Trust, J&C Joel's chosen charity. This will take place on stand A45 from 1pm on Monday, 17 September, and will form part of J&C Joel’s 40th anniversary festivities.
Members of staff from J&C Joel’s sales, projects and marketing teams will be on hand to provide advice and support to customers both old and new and the Joel’s bar will also be open throughout the three days allowing people to enjoy the company’s newly produced Curtain Call beer and Green Room cider.
James Wheelwright, J&C Joel’s
UK - At PLASA 2018, Claypaky will debut the new Axcor Profile 600 and Axcor Profile 400 LED profile spotlights, part of the company’s Axcor family.
Featuring a 500W white LED engine, the Axcor Profile 600 stands out for its versatility, high level of performance and the superior quality of its light. According to Claypaky, the unit’s luminous efficiency is among the highest for this power category, and can be further increased by about a quarter if necessary thanks to ‘boost mode’.
The Axcor Profile 400 has a compact body (65cm/25½in high) and is packed with advanced lighting, mechanical and electronic features.
The Axcor 300 series comprise three powerful yet compact moving LED lights - the Axcor Spot 300, the Axcor Beam 300 and the Axcor Wash 300. With a physical size, power consumption and price-point that disguise their strength and creative potential, the Axcor 300 range enables a new world of expression in touring, events, TV, theatre and installed lighting markets.
Claypaky will also launch the new hybrid wash/beam Hepikos, featuring an Osram 440W Sirius lamp.
UK - The ProLights family of fixtures will be represented on the A.C. Entertainment Technologies stand, E30, at PLASA 2018 taking place on 16-18 September at London Olympia.
ProLights will also launch new indoor and IP65-rated lighting and video solutions.
Highlights include the PLASA Awards for Innovation-nominated Panorama IP WBX - an IP65 LED Moving Wash Light ideal for temporary outdoor events, the RA3000 - a 1000W fully featured moving LED profile, and the Eclipse family of theatrical LED luminaires.
The Panorama IP WBX leads the extensive ProLights IP65 family, which includes Pars, Blinders, Battens, Strobes and Moving Lights all designed for temporary outdoor use for events and festivals.
Increasing the creative options for outdoor shows, the ProLights OmegaPIX 3.9 is an IP65 modular LED screen with a 3.9mm pitch which delivers stunning image quality in even bright daylight conditions.
The ProLights RA3000 is a fully featured moving profile providing huge output, stunning colour options, full framing shutters, and a 19-element optical system that allows multiple beam elements to be focussed together right through the massive zoom range.
The Eclipse family of theatrical LED luminaires includes fixed white and colour changing LED Fresnels and Profiles designed to provide the performance, flexibility and accuracy that theatrical productions demand.
UK - After previewing its new Hyperion LED series earlier this year, Spotlight will showcase a six-colour Fresnel, six-colour profile and warm white Fresnel with new software at PLASA 2018, taking place at London Olympia on 16-18 September. In addition, the company will debut its tuneable white profile.
Developed to celebrate 50 years of the brand's innovation, the Hyperion series has been expressly designed to meet the most discerning requirements of professional users, both for the quantity and the quality of the light output.
The Hyperion six-colour LED technology adds amber, cyan and lime alongside RGB, for a wider choice of even colour-mixing, a colour temperature range from 2,700K to 8,000K, and colour rendering up to 97. As a result, it gives designers increased creative possibilities to achieve their artistic vision. The Hyperion range of Fresnels and Zoom Profiles also includes Tuneable White and Fixed White versions.
Designed for large installations such as professional theatres, film and TV studios, the efficient 300W luminaires have an output comparable with 2,000W Halogen fixtures and feature a rounder, more compact design while retaining Spotlight's reliably efficient internal heat reduction system. The fixtures also have DMX controlled fan speed modes to suit different environments and productions.
Highlights from Spotlight's extensive, award-winning Green Line range of lighting fixtures will also be represented.
For your demonstration of the Hyperion series and other Spotlight innovations, please visit stand E30 of exclu
Belgium - Pukkelpop is Belgium’s second largest festival and prides itself on its ‘alternative’ label. Featuring performances by nearly 100 different artists on eight stages over four days, this year three Yamaha Rivage series digital mixing systems were in use, along with Nexo PAs.
This year Pukkelpop took place on 15-18 August, with Yamaha Rivage PM7 and PM10 systems featured on the Club Stage and CL series consoles on the Lift Stage. The Club and Castello Stages featured Nexo STM series PA systems.
All Yamaha and Nexo systems were supplied by VDB-PA, except the RIVAGE PM7 which was supplied by AED Rent.
More than 25 bands performed on the Club Stage, including Shellac (with legendary producer/engineer Steve Albini on guitar/vocals), Rhey, Madensuyu, Dirty Projectors, Metz, Benjamin Clementine, Jordan Rakei, Gogo Pinguin and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. A Rivage PM10 with RPio662 I/O rack was at FOH, with the Rivage PM7, plus Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O racks on monitors.
A second Rivage PM10 system - with the smaller CS-R10-S control surface - was located in the adjacent production office/backstage prep room, where Yamaha engineers Ruben Van Der Goor and Stef De Pooter helped to familiarise all the FOH and monitor engineers who had no previous experience of Rivage systems. The system is so user-friendly that it only took around 15 minutes for every engineer to be fully confident about mixing their artists on the PM7 and PM10.
The extra system was also useful to allow Ruben and Stef to prepare sessions where advance te
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.”