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rj-at-pls-2018PL+S 2018: Robert Juliat to reveal LED profile
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - Robert Juliat will make its latest Compact range of followspots available at Prolight+Sound with the new, exclusive 600W LED models, Alice and Oz, first in line to ship. These short and long throw followspots exhibit restyled bodywork and all the wealth of RJ features one would expect from Robert Juliat. The combination of a highly efficient LED source and Robert Juliat’s classic optical train ensures Alice and Oz pack a punch equal to that of conventional 1200W discharge models, at a fraction of the power consumption.
Additionally, Robert Juliat has promised to reveal “a new, very powerful, FOH LED profile for the first time at the show”.
Robert Juliat’s SpotMe, a bespoke, 3D tracking system for followspots, will be demonstrating how it leads from the front in coordinating fixtures to follow performers on stage.
The expanding Dalis range will also be on show with some new additions. The Dalis Access 863 is a cyclight designed to give those with smaller budgets the first access to Dalis technology. The Dalis 864 Footlight is a new colour variation of the original Dalis 862 tuneable white footlight, which includes 48 asymmetrical reflectors, for the creation of colourful upstage or downstage lighting.
Finally, RJ’s ZEP series will be represented with a demonstration of RJ ZEP Fresnel 360LF in warm white which will be shown alongside a traditional tungsten Fresnel luminaire.
(Jim Evans)

arc-led-1360-strobe-tdPL+S 2018: PR Lighting debuts hybrid strobe
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - PR Lighting has announced the release of a new LED hybrid strobe - the ARC LED 1360 Strobe T/D.
With its IP67 weather resistant rating, making it suitable for use in all conditions, the fixture can function as a graphic strobe as well as a blinder and flood.
Available in cool white (6500K) and warm white (3000K), it has a 120° field angle and an LED display with four-button flick-free operation for TV and film use.
Featuring 360x1W Osram LEDs, the strobe flash rate is between 0-25 fps (with macros) and there's also a 0-100% linearly adjustable dimmer, LED board temperature and fixture usage time read-outs, over-temperature protection. The unit's die-cast aluminium IP67 housing weighs just 9kg (20lb).
The ARC LED 1360 is expected to have its first showcase at next month’s Prolight+Sound in Frankfurt.
(Jim Evans)

dartz-360PL+S 2018: Elation celebrates innovation
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - Elation Professional is bringing a number of new products to Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt.
The line-up includes the company’s first European showing of the recently-acquired M-Series range of entertainment lighting controllers. Elation partners with LMP to distribute Elation products in Germany.
The M-Series is a range of lighting control solutions with a stable and efficient programming platform that is fast to programme and fun to operate. All M-Series controllers and software solutions are now part of the Elation product line worldwide. This includes M6, M1HD, M2GO HD, M2PC, M-Touch, M-Play, M-DMX, M-Sync and M-PC.
“The M-Series range fits well into our core customer base needs and we are excited to now offer this advanced controller series to customers around the world,” commented Eric Loader, global director of sales & marketing at Elation. “We look forward to connecting with lighting pros in Frankfurt and showing them just how exceptional this controller line is.”
Elation continues to expand its award-winning Artiste series of creative, full-featured moving heads. Artiste Picasso is billed as “an inspirational theatrical-grade luminaire that connects art to engineering”.
Elation will also be showing the Smarty Hybrid, a full featured Spot, Beam and Wash fixture and the most compact CMY colour mixing hybrid Elation has released to date.
Also on display will be the Dartz 360, a full colour-mixing LED beam/spot fixture with narrow-beam, gobos and effects.

Long Riders raffle raises funds for Behind The Scenes
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

USA - Ahead of its June ride, the Long Reach Long Riders (LRLR) held a raffle and live auction to back Behind the Scenes during the USITT Stage Expo in Fort Lauderdale on 14-17 March. Sales of raffle tickets, auction items, key donations, and sales of BTS and LRLR-branded swag raised over $15,000 for the charity.
The LRLR 2018 ride, dubbed the Gap and Notch Tour: A Ramble through New England, starts on 23 June in Manchester, NH. The riders cover all their own expenses, so everything they raise goes to the charity. Sponsor a rider today at
Festivities led off with the traditional kazoo parade led by Bill Sapsis and many of the LRLR. Following the parade, BTS Pledge-a-Product partners InCord (Orchestra Pit Safety Netting Systems) and ETC (irFR and aRFR application for iOS and Android devices) presented checks from the sales of their products pledged to BTS.
Live auction items included two hand-tooled custom bottle openers created by Shan and Trish Ayers and a special pack of Amberient’s industry trading cards which included a signed Fred Foster Rookie card. As soon as the show opened, Amberient started getting offers to buy the wonderful stools in their booth that were made from old ellipsoidals. Scooter decided he would donate them to BTS for the live auction and they raised over $600 in heated bidding.
Just a few minutes before the raffle started, Bill Sapsis announced he would donate up to $1,000 to match the amount raised in last-minute ticket sales. Reid Neslage from H&H Specialties said h

comfest2Comfest 2018 raises £14,000 for Backup
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

UK - The first Comfest, a comedy night in support of technical entertainment charity Backup, helped raise £14,000 for the organisation.
Held at the Royal National Theatre, London, the event was described as “a fantastic night where all the comedians went above and beyond to say thank you to the industry that supports them”. A particular highlight of the night was headliner Al Murray, the Pub Landlord, performing Under Pressure with a member of the audience.
Organisers said Comfest 2019 is already on the cards and thanked all the staff at the National Theatre, sponsors SFL, White Light and TSL, all of the audience members, The Cloggz and the comedians.
Upcoming backup events include Golf-fest 2018 which is scheduled for 18 April. The annual live events Charity Golf Day is back and even more fun to be had on the day. As 18 teams go Tee - Tee, we have surprises galore to keep you on your toes throughout the day.
DiGiCo have now come on board and are sponsoring the 'hole in one' competition on the 3rd. The winner receives a brand new DiGiCo console. A new challenge will be 'Fastest Hole of golf by a team of four'.
Kart-Fest 2018 is set for 5 July at Sandown Park. Tickets are on sale, with just 30 team spaces available.
Creative Technology and White Light have entered teams for this year’s Velo south. Taking place on Sunday 23 September 2018, Velo South will take 15,000 riders of all ability levels on a truly unforgettable journey through the stunning West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing on the iconic Goodwood

nwrsRigging symposium exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

USA - The inaugural New Word Rigging Symposium, held 13-14 March in Fort Lauderdale, brought professionals from around the world together for two days of presentations, Q&As and networking. While most attendees were from the US, there were also visitors from Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, and China. Joining riggers were engineers, health and safety professionals, venue managers, educators and manufacturers.
The panels covered topics such as cruise ships, automation, engineering, risk assessment, standards, and ground support rigs. Highlights included Scott Fisher’s keynote address describing his early days in the industry and how the Navigator System was developed and Tony Galuppi’s impassioned plea for “safety first” who described conducting a risk assessment for hanging Criss Angel over a lake in Florida teeming with alligators.
The Hot Button Issues session included some lively debate focused on gear, about how to get employers to say “yes” to safety, and particularly pointed remarks from women about wanting to be treated as fellow professionals.
When attendees were asked during the closing session if there should be another Symposium, there was a near universal raising of hands. Eddie Raymond, Bill Sapsis, ESTA and USITT are already discussing next year’s event, 19-20 March in Louisville, KY.
The event sponsors were: Platinum – Stage Rigging; Gold – ETC and J.R. Clancy; Silver – Kish Rigging; Bronze – H & H Specialties, The Light Source, Motion Labs and Sapsis Rigging, and AV – PSAV.

dbPL+S 2018: d&b set to launch GSL line array
Monday, 26 March 2018

Germany - d&b is heading to Prolight + Sound to highlight its next generation line array.
Sitting above the J, Y and V-Series, GSL delivers “unparalleled cardiod dispersion control across the entire audio bandwidth, setting a new standard for output and accuracy in large-format line arrays for the world’s largest sound reinforcement applications”.
This applied evolution is the next step in d&b’s 30-year obsession to deliver precise pattern control, and effortlessly elevates the listening experience for the audience, while ensuring that the creative environment for the system engineers and mixers is revolutionized by rejecting energy to the rear and significantly reducing excitation of the reverberant field, says the company.
As well as a focus on the official release of GSL, there will be further opportunities for attendees to experience the newly released d&b Soundscape at daily demo sessions. Introduced in February, Soundscape, powered by the DS100 Signal Engine, opens up “a world of creativity for sound designers, artists and audiences, enabling object-based mixing and sophisticated room emulation”. The demos will run from 10 to 13 April at Messe Frankfurt in the Panorama Hall, where guests will preview the d&b Soundscape, and hear about the evolution in loudspeaker system design; from mono to stereo to Soundscape.
Alongside the two new d&b releases, guests will find the full d&b product range in the Sound + Audio Hall 3.1, stand C41, including all loudspeaker series E,T, J, Y and V-Series, as well as xS

teenageHarman supports Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
Monday, 26 March 2018

UK - Harman Professional Solutions is supporting Teenage Cancer Trust’s 18th annual concert series at Royal Albert Hall with a complete Martin by Harman lighting solution.
Conceived and curated by TCT patron Roger Daltrey CBE, frontman of The Who, this year’s line-up includes Daltrey, UB40, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Corteneers, Kasabian, Def Leppard as well as an evening of comedy hosted by Russell Howard.
As part of a long-standing pledge to support Teenage Cancer Trust, Harman, along with partners PRG and Fineline Lighting, is supplying a complete Martin lighting rig to provide a premium visual display for the performances.
"Teenage Cancer Trust is extremely grateful to Harman Professional Solutions for all their support at our Royal Albert Hall shows,” says Jane Ashton, head of music and entertainment, Teenage Cancer Trust. “The Martin lighting solutions help us to create a world-class lighting display that enhances the production value of the event, and provides guests with an incredible experience they'll never forget."
The Martin lighting solution at Royal Albert includes including 20 MAC Axiom Hybrid fixtures, 28 MAC Viper AirFX fixtures, 10 Atomic LED strobes and 290 VDO Face 5 HB video panels.
“Harman is honoured to support the Teenage Cancer Trust and their performance series at the Royal Albert Hall,” says Mike Walker, senior sales director, live entertainment EMEA, Harman Professional Solutions. “I have been lucky enough to know and to work with the production team behind the Royal Albert Hall shows for a numb

iteacITEAC 2018: further keynote speakers revealed
Friday, 23 March 2018

UK - Two more keynote speakers will be joining Dutch architect Francine Houben of mecanoo architecten at this year’s International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference (ITEAC) held on 3-5 June in London.
The three-day event will be opened by Louise Jeffreys, Director of Arts at the Barbican.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, with responsibility for the operation and development of Dubai International (DXB) as well as Dubai World Central (DWC), will provide an insight to the challenges that urbanisation brings to large infrastructure projects, and how important cultural development is as part of the process.
Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, will enliven the stimulation and provocation session, which will spearhead the final day of the conference.
A stalwart of this leading firm for more than 20 years, he is in charge of various projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He led the team that realised the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg – a building complex that accommodates not only a philharmonic hall but also a chamber music hall, as well as restaurants, bars, a panorama terrace with views of Hamburg and the harbour, apartments, a hotel and parking facilities.
His Keynote address will be followed by his participation in the Concert Hall Design & Acoustics session, where the current trends relating to acoustics and audio-technologies will be explored, referencing recent projects in China, Hamburg, Paris and Berlin.
(Jim Evans)

PL+S 2018: Astera to release iOS app
Thursday, 22 March 2018

Germany - Astera will present the iOS version of its AsteraApp for remote lighting control and management as the company attends Prolight+Sound 2018 in Frankfurt.
The app will become available for iOS for the first time since it was first introduced for Android devices in 2015. It offers professional-level control over Astera-based fixtures by connecting smart devices to the AsteraBox via Bluetooth which then relays the command to the battery-operated fixtures via radio frequency. The app allows simple to complex operations remotely, including firmware updates, grouping, assigning and configuring DMX addresses as well as controlling colours and effects and monitoring the status of the lights during operation.
Thomas Repmann, software developer for Astera in Munich, comments: “We have been working hard to provide the smoothest and most intuitive experience for LDs and lighting professionals through the App. We have had a long time to improve the Android-based version and we wanted to make sure our customers had the same satisfaction when they use the iOS version.”
The new app will be downloadable from the Apple App Store by the summer.
(Jim Evans)

green-hippoPL+S 2018: Green Hippo promotes Notch integration
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - Green Hippo’s scheduled activities for Prolight + Sound 2018 include exclusive presentations, plus demos with its show partner Notch, maker of the real-time visual creation tool.
The Green Hippo stand will be fully equipped with the latest Hippotizer+ Media Servers, enabling guests to experience solutions for real-time media playback and 3D mapping.
A key feature of the Green Hippo stand is the opportunity for visitors to gain hands-on experience of Hippotizer’s seamless integration with Notch. Designed from the creative process up, and supercharged by powerful real-time rendering and visualisation, Notch helps creators rediscover the joy of problem solving, experimenting and improvising on the fly.
Further demonstrating Hippotizer’s ways with Notch, Green Hippo has commissioned a short dance piece with the London based Tavaziva dance company showcasing the real-time creative possibilities of Hippotizer, Noitom motion capture and Notch working together. The interactive demo dance will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00.
Visitors will also get the chance to learn more about some key new features that will be added on the new software V4.4, which will be released soon.
In addition to its open demonstrations, the Green Hippo team will run six closed-door sessions. Taking place on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 12 April, each of these events will fit approximately 15 delegates.
Green Hippo will also present the latest big thing from Island Records… beer. On Tuesd

etc-pls-2PL+S 2018: ETC schedules European debuts
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - ETC is set to present picks from its extensive collection of lighting and rigging products across three stands in Hall 3.0 - E51, F51 and E47. The event will mark the European debut of a number of products from the company’s portfolio of lighting control consoles, LED luminaires and architectural control solutions. Trainers and product experts will be on hand to offer demos and advice on all the products on display.
Visitors can get a first look at the soon-to-be-launched Element 2 console – a revamp of the original Element desk – which offers the award-winning Eos software with an interface and price point that is accessible to a broad range of users and venues. Also making its regional premiere will be the ETCpad, a tablet accessory providing dedicated, touchscreen-based wireless or wired remote control for all Eos family consoles and controllers.
Several new additions to the successful ColorSource family will be previewed at the show. ColorSource Pearl fixtures feature cold and warm white LEDs for a seamless colour temperature range, from 2,700K to 6,500K. Available in PAR, Spot and Linear (1, 2, 4) configurations, they boast the same user-friendly interface as their established ColorSource siblings.
ETC is also introducing a new fixture for architectural spaces: the Irideon WLZ wash light. Engineered to be a companion to the popular Irideon FPZ framing projector, the WLZ has a zoom range of 10-68 degrees and is available in portable, canopy and 3-circuit track mount versions, all with remote DMX and local control.

maps2018startseite1000x595enggrandMA3 to launch at PL+S 2018
Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Germany - The new grandMA3 lighting console series will be shown to the public for the first time at Prolight + Sound 2018.
Founded on the legacy of the previous grandMA consoles, the grandMA3 represents a radical re-think of what’s possible from a lighting control platform, says the company. The elegant new system-architecture incorporates new fixture, feature and effects-handling at its very heart.
The system features “ground-breaking concepts from top industry visionaries, presented within a refined user interface, and is designed to make practical tasks more intuitive”.
Interest is expected to be high, therefore in addition to 13 fully staffed grandMA3 demo stations, MA’s booth, C61 in hall 3.0, will feature a dedicated grandMA3 demonstration auditorium. Up to 70 seated visitors can enjoy a live presentation of the new grandMA3 console series from MA’s product specialists, offering an in-depth insight into this new range.
The presentation will be held in German and English, a time schedule will be displayed at the auditorium.
Additionally, on booth D59 the whole dot2 range will be available with fully staffed demo stations.
(Jim Evans)

al-murraySupport backup, come to Comfest!
Tuesday, 20 March 2018

UK - We all know how tough it can be as a freelance in the entertainment technology industry. The hours are long, you’re away from your family and you only earn money when you’re working. What happens if you can’t work because you’re ill, you have an accident, or someone in your family needs your help and support? You probably do not have a stash of cash put away to see you through. What then?
That’s where Backup – The Technical Entertainment Charity can help and that’s why it is putting on Comfest – an evening of outstanding comedy with the legend that is Al Murray The Pub Landlord and a great supporting line-up at The Dorfman Theatre on 25 March 2018.
In case you don’t know, Backup provides financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. It offers support and help to get you back on your feet.
Grants are tailored to an individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, re-training and travel.
Backup works with potential recipients to fully understand the support needed and ensure that help is targeted effectively and will stay in contact with recipients and provide ongoing support.
Backup grants have brought help and hope to industry members and their families during some of their darkest hours.
Help backup to continue to help your friends and colleagues by coming to Comfest. Tickets are available from
(Jim Evans)

solaframe-familyPL+S 2018: Hands-on with High End Systems
Monday, 19 March 2018

Germany - High End Systems is gearing up to exhibit its latest products on a dedicated stand at the upcoming Prolight + Sound trade show in Frankfurt. From 10-13 April, visitors can discover and explore a selection of products from the console and automated lighting manufacturer, in Hall 4.0 - D59.
The show will offer an opportunity for hands-on demos of a selection of High End’s Hog 4 family of lighting control consoles, designed for markets of all shapes and sizes - including Hog 4, Full Boar 4 and Road Hog 4. Visitors can also expect a surprise or two, and there will be a chance to see the new Hog 4 v.3.8.0 software, featuring a new desktop colour scheme called 'stealth,' and added external monitor/touchscreen capability for HedgeHog 4 console models.
A recent introduction to the Sola Series family of automated luminaires, SolaFrame 750 boasts a compact footprint but a huge feature set. A perfect fit for smaller to medium-sized venues, this fixture cuts through the competition with its 11,300 field lumens, 6–50 degree zoom, rotating gobo wheel plus fully continuous animation, and much more. SolaFrame 750 offers the widest array of effects currently available in a fixture of its size.
SolaFrame Theatre is the industry’s first automated LED luminaire to deliver completely silent operation. Engineered with no fans, it features a special high-CRI LED engine, delivers 15,000 field lumens, and features High End’s acclaimed full-frame shuttering system. SolaFrame Theatre is a natural fit for designers who work in television, film, t

infinity-signature-seriesPL+S 2018: Highlight International majors on Infinity
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - The Infinity Signature Series uses the latest LED technology with European software and have a variety of control options and lenses that are familiar to every entertainment technician. “We have found an excellent partner in the world-famous manufacturer Robert Juliat, with almost 100 years of experience, to develop our new series of theatre luminaires,” says the company.
Only Lumiled LEDs are used throughout the entire range. This ensures consistent binning and colour consistency. The warm white LEDs were selected to maintain a constant temperature of 3000K with a CRI of +95. The selection of coloured LEDs enables the best possible colour mixing with the highest CRI.
The software offers flicker-free dimming and a flash function without time delay. With the coloured units there is also a virtual colour wheel with 64 of the most popular gel colours for theatre.
Highlight adds, “For our Infinity Signature Series we worked with Robert Juliat to develop three models - Infinity TS-260C7 Profile Engine, TF-300 Fresnel, and TS-300 Profile Engine.
The TS-260C7 model with its 260W Lumiled seven-colour LED offers a very powerful performance that is comparable to a 750W tungsten halogen lamp. “We also offer the desired solution in white. Comparable with 2kW tungsten halogen, produced by a 300W Lumiled LED: Infinity TF-300 Fresnel and TS-300 Profile Engine. Controllable via DMX, flicker-free dimming and flashes can be regulated via our software, used in situations where razor-sharp beams are needed (TS-300) or a stage needs to be illumin

alcons-packshot-2018-touringPL+S 2018: Alcons Audio plans high profile
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - At Prolight+Sound 2018, Alcons Audio will have its highest profile presence yet. With major demonstrations, new products, commitment to immersive sound and a significant anniversary, Alcons aims to be the word on every sound professional’s lips, says the company.
A major highlight of Prolight+Sound is the Production Resource Group’s (PRG) demonstrations in the Festhalle. This year, an Alcons LR28 large format line array will deliver the soundtrack to the hourly presentations. Complemented by further Alcons products, including the BC543 high-output cardioid subwoofer, the system will show that “great sound can be every bit as impressive as great visuals”.
The system will also be an important part of Prolight+Sound’s annual opening event, the PRG Live Entertainment Awards, on 9 April. An Alcons RR12 point-source array system, with BQ211 21" subs, will also be used at the Awards after party.
Highlighting Alcons commitment to immersive sound for cinema, studio, live audio and installations, the company’s Stand B36, Hall 3.1 will be connected to live immersive sound specialists Astro Spatial Audio (ASA). Alcons and ASA have collaborated on many demonstrations voted ‘best of show’ and an Alcons system will again be showcasing ASA demos that literally have to be heard to be believed.
Alcons will also be showcasing five new products. These will include the VR5 ultra-compact versatile monitor, previewed at the Amsterdam ISE show in February. The VR5 is the first professional audio monitor that features the Alcons patent-pend

rivagepmseriesPL+S 2018: Yamaha and Nexo showcase live audio
Friday, 16 March 2018

Germany - Following the successful launch of Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 digital mixing system and other new products in February, there is much for visitors to look forward to on the company’s stand at ProLight+Sound 2018.
Exhibiting on Stand E50, Hall 3.1, Yamaha is again exhibiting alongside touring loudspeaker manufacturer Nexo.
The launch of Rivage PM7 was one of the audio highlights of the ISE show in Amsterdam and the new system will again be the focus of a lot of interest at ProLight+Sound. Yamaha’s entire range of digital mixing consoles will also be on display, alongside other new products, including the updated R series Dante I/O racks, Version 2 firmware for Rivage PM10 and the updated DXSmkII subwoofers.
“ISE was an extremely successful show for us, with Rivage PM7 and our other new products generating a lot of interest,” says Nils-Peter Keller, senior director Pro Audio & AV Group at Yamaha Music Europe. “We are really looking forward to showing the new console and I/O racks to more live sound engineers and rental companies at ProLight+Sound.”
(Jim Evans)

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds programme announced
Thursday, 15 March 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds, the essential event for entertainment technology, returns to celebrate its 10th anniversary at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is open for the show that has already sold out, with over 130 international brands set to introduce their latest products.
In addition to the wide array of exhibitors from lighting, audio, AV, staging and rigging, attendees will have unlimited access to a seminar programme packed with hands-on technical workshops to inspiring keynote talks.
Journalist and LSi contributor Phil Ward will explore the advanced challenges of spatial and immersive audio alongside a panel of manufacturers and sound designers including Tom Slater from Call & Response and Scott Willsallen, an award-winning expert in sound design for major international events. They will explore how this emerging sector impacts system design and workflow for engineers and production professionals working in concert touring and live sound.
Lighting enthusiasts can look forward to Changeover Madness at a Festival, a lively panel of lighting designers and operators chaired by Ambersphere’s Philip Norfolk that will aim to lift the lid on the realities of operating lighting at festivals. The session will address questions such as: How do bands turn up at festivals and put on their show with a completely different rig from what they normally have on tour? How do LDs and

cti-dmxcat-bannerCity Theatrical brings new technology at USITT
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

USA - City Theatrical (booth 231) will take part in this year's USITT Conference & Stage expo to be held at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 15-17 March.
The company will demonstrate its latest wireless DMX technology and software solutions and also present its range of LED products.
City Theatrical president and founder Gary Fails will demonstrate the Multiverse wireless DMX technology at the Innovation Stage on Friday, 16 March at 12pm EST.
The demo will highlight City Theatrical’s vision of a lighting setup in which every DMX device contains a Multiverse Module (and where legacy lighting products have a Multiverse Node near them), allowing entire productions containing hundreds of fixtures and dozens of universes to be operated wirelessly.
John McKernon will showcase his multi award-winning Lightwright 6 software for designers and electricians to help manage and document up to 45,000 universes of data to support their entertainment lighting. Lightwright is available exclusively from City Theatrical dealers worldwide.
Lighting users can also find out more about Moving Light Assistant, an application that was designed to document both the physical setup and programming information for moving light rigs commonly used in the entertainment industry.
The company will also present the QolorFLEX range of LED products, which encompasses the QolorFLEX LED Tape and Dimmers, QolorPIXTM Pixel Controlled LED Tape and Controller and QolorFLEX NuNeonTM linear lighting.

outline-newton168PL+S 2018: Outline launches Newton processor
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Italy - At Prolight+Sound next month, Outline will introduce Newton, the company’s new FPGA-based processing platform.
Designed to be “the management and control core” for audio networks in touring, broadcast and fixed installation applications and provides management of sophisticated audio systems by combining multi-format channel routing with simultaneous standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation.
Newton additionally incorporates powerful new filter technology along with clock and powering redundancy in a 1U networkable chassis.
A system topology is provided by very high-quality FPGA-based SSRC (synchronous sample rate conversion) and ASRC (asynchronous sample rate conversion) with outstanding dynamic range and ultra-low distortion. The unit supports up to 15 clock source options and a virtually unlimited number of filters using Outline’s proprietary WFIR filtering technology supporting raised cosine filtering technology. It also features independent, internal dual-redundant universal AC mains supplies (fitted as standard) with dual cooling fans.
Newton’s I/O configuration will provide 216 channels in both directions simultaneously using a fully automatic clock source and audio signal switchover facilities. The system and set-up are fully controllable via Outline Dashboard software for Mac OS.
Newton is available in three hardware versions – Newton 16, Newton 16+4 and Newton 16+8 – to suit the requirements of differing applications or projects. All processed signals and direct outputs can be routed out of

l-acousticsPL+S 2018: L‑Acoustics shapes the audio future
Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Germany - L-Acoustics will demonstrate its L‑ISA Immersive Sound Art technology at this year’s Prolight+Sound.
The technology recently embarked on Lorde’s Melodrama tour across North America, as well as present new hardware and software tools – including the P1 networked digital audio processor, which begins shipping in June – that will make it easy for L‑Acoustics partners to realize optimised performance for their L‑Acoustics systems.
Established in London in 2014 by L-Acoustics founder Dr. Christian Heil, L-ISA is L‑Acoustics’ immersive sound brand. L-ISA draws on extensive audio and psycho-acoustic research to develop sound design and processing tools for live shows, creative events and private residences.
L-Acoustics will showcase the new L-ISA Island on stand C11 in hall 3.1. This complete integrated personal auditorium plays the high-definition Blu 23.1 format as well as any other media, all housed in a stunning piece of furniture designed to entertain high level music lovers.
Demonstrations and presentations of both L-ISA Immersive Sound Art technology and the P1 networked digital audio processor will be held in the Kontrast Room, hall 3.
(Jim Evans)

agm-websafeA fresh approach for PLASA’s 2018 AGM
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

UK - PLASA, the professional lighting and sound association, will host its Members’ Day and Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, 31 May at the Royal College of Physicians, a beautiful and central venue in Regent's Park, London.
The day will provide a unique opportunity to network with fellow members, strike up new relationships and share the latest industry insights.
Attendees can look forward to a generous lunch and flowing drinks with an enlivening key-note speaker. The PLASA AGM will also take part during the day, keeping members up to date with the association with time to give feedback and ask questions.
The event is also an opportunity for members to meet representatives of the newly elected PLASA board, including new chairman Adam Blaxill.
There is plenty to celebrate at the event following a successful year for PLASA. The appointments of Chris Toulmin as commercial director and Nicky Greet as director of the membership, skills and technical departments has strengthened both PLASA’s membership and commercial divisions.
The team have been busy implementing new benefits that reflect the changing needs of the membership, including new membership support services and a programme of professional development and networking events for members and non-members working within the industry.
The PLASA Members’ Day and AGM is set to be an unmissable event. Be the first to snap up one of only 65 specially reduced tickets by visiting test

astro-spatialAstro Spatial Audio returns to PL+S 2018
Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Germany - Astro Spatial Audio (ASA) will highlight its “brand agnostic approach to true object-based immersive audio” when it returns to Prolight + Sound at the Frankfurt Messe, from 10-13 April. Appearing on booth A33/39 in Hall 3.1, the independent solution in object-based 3D sound will offer special presentations throughout the show, highlighting the deep integration between ASA's SARA II Premium Rendering Engine and third-party systems including TTA's Stagetracker II next-generation performer tracking, Alcons Audio loudspeakers and QLab playback automation software.
In addition, ASA will debut new v4.0 software, incorporating substantial improvements in loudspeaker management, matrixing and show control. An enhanced production module is also included within the update, offering advanced timeline editing in the shape of an automation editor, and a new event manager function to facilitate cue-based show sequences.
Astro Spatial Audio's return to Prolight + Sound follows an extremely successful start to 2018, including sitting at the heart of the audio design of The Band's Visit, the hit new Broadway musical, as well as playing a central role in the redesign of the Berlin Opera House.
Frankfurt will see a new demonstration of the Astro Spatial Audio object-based solution, featuring dedicated 3D mixes of some of the world's most loved songs, illustrating the power, flexibility and scalability of SARA II. The IP67-rated Stagetracker II will also be featured with previously unseen degrees of precision and ultra-fast vector-based RF tracking


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