Events News

foundryKOI-USA to launch at LDI 2018
Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) committee has announced that the inaugural Knight of Illumination Awards USA (KOI-USA) will launch this year, culminating with a ceremony in Las Vegas on 20 October, timed to coincide with the LDI show.
The competition, known for celebrating the work of lighting and video designers, will be co-produced by Informa, producers of America's leading event for lighting designers, the LDI show, and The Fifth Estate, specialist content creators and long-time managers of the KOI Awards in the UK.
"We are thrilled to bring such high-quality awards ceremony to LDI," says David Johnson, managing director of LDI. "The KOI Awards are well-known throughout the industry as a reputable, high-class affair, and its special focus of honouring design work aligns perfectly with the goals of the Live Design franchise to raise awareness about this very special art. We are very excited to partner with The Fifth Estate to bring this to Las Vegas. It's also going to be a lot of fun."
The USA competition will see 15 awards split equally across the three sectors of Theatre, Concert Touring & Events, and Live Broadcast. Five awards in each of these three categories are open to productions staged/broadcast in the US during the year of nomination (October 2017 - September 2018).
Lighting designer Durham Marenghi, co-founder and committee member of KOI, says, "KOI is all about celebrating and elevating the art of entertainment lighting and video design, and KOI-USA will help us do just that for an even wider section of our industry. Jenni

powersoftPL+S 2018: Powersoft unleashes M-Force
Friday, 6 April 2018

Germany - Powersoft will leverage the international platform of this year’s Prolight + Sound show to ensure the widest possible audience their first look at the new M-Force. Announced as M-force 301P01, the innovative transducer has been updated with a series of additional features to simplify the workload of OEM partners and will be unveiled on the Powersoft stand (Hall 3.1 C17).
M-force is now available as the M-force 01 long throw linear motor for infra sub applications and the M-force 02 short throw linear motor for high acceleration applications. With longer linear displacement, M-Force 01 is the perfect tool for direct radiation and bandpass applications, enabling manufacturers to keep cabinet sizes to a minimum whilst allowing for flawless infra-bass reproduction. M-Force 02 is designed to grant reliability under extreme loads, such as bandpass applications and loaded horn configurations.
Originally launched in 2013 in Frankfurt, Powersoft’s new M-Force is once again set to redefine the concept of infra bass, says the company. Based on a patented, moving magnet, linear motor structure, M-Force is purposely engineered to squeeze all available power granted by switching mode amplifiers to deliver unbelievable performance in terms of power handling, electromagnetic conversion, reliability and maximum SPL. Generating linear movement with parallel moving magnets, M-Force transcends the possibilities available from the limited power and loads of traditional moving coils.
Claudio Lastrucci, Powersoft’s R&D director, comments: “I’ve alw

strike-p38-leftPL+S 2018: Chauvet heads for the next level
Friday, 6 April 2018

Germany - The Chauvet Professional Maverick, STRIKE and COLORado series of fixtures have earned widespread praise as well as a large following in recent years, thanks to their high output, brightness and reliable performance. Now the company is “taking these popular series to the next level” by introducing products at Prolight + Sound that “open even more creative possibilities for lighting designers”.
Visitors to the Chauvet stand will get a first- hand look at the new Maverick Storm 1 Wash, an IP65-rated LED moving fixture; the STRIKE P38, an IP65-rated compact warm white LED blinder/strobe; and the COLORado Solo Batten, an IP65 RGBAW LED batten that produces a seamless and unique edge-to-edge homogenized appearance without visible round “eyes” or pixels.
“The new fixtures allow us to offer more versatility in three very important series of products that designers have come to depend on,” said Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “With its IP65 rating, the Maverick Storm 1 Wash is ideal for lighting festivals, amphitheatres, and other outdoor venues. The compact housing of the new STRIKE P38 gives it even more versatility than its predecessor the STRIKE 1, while the COLORado Solo Batten creates more options in eye-candy batten wash lighting.”
(Jim Evans)

outlinesuperflypreviewPL+S 2018: Outline’s Superfly takes off
Friday, 6 April 2018

Germany - Outline is set to announce the launch of its latest concept at Prolight+Sound 2018. Following an evolutionary path from the influential Butterfly design, the new Superfly compact line-source enclosure “sets new standards in performance for a loudspeaker of these dimensions”.
Weighing under 38kg (83.8 lb) per module yet with prodigious acoustic potential and class-leading dispersion control, Superfly integrates within the existing Outline portfolio and can be readily paired with any of their subwoofer designs.
Powered by the company’s own DSP-equipped X8 amplifiers, Superfly-based systems are flexible, powerful, predictable, quick and easy to deploy and convenient to transport, contributing vital operational efficiencies to any live sound scenario, says the company.
Visitors to the show will be able to hear Superfly for themselves in the PL+S Live Sound Arena located in the outdoor area F1 at Hall 1. Real-world demos are scheduled for 11:20, 13:20 and 15:20 every day.
Outline will also be devoting considerable booth space to its new Newton processor. An FPGA-based processing platform designed as the management and control core for audio networks in touring, broadcast and fixed installation applications, it also provides management of sophisticated audio systems by combining multi-format channel routing with simultaneous standards conversion and digital signal synchronisation.
(Jim Evans)

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds welcomes major launches
Friday, 6 April 2018

UK - PLASA Focus Leeds is bringing the world’s latest entertainment technology to the North of England on 1-2 May at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
Visitors can expect new releases from top brands, an array of immersive workshops, and leading-edge seminars covering lighting, live sound, rigging, AV and staging.
The show is the perfect place to see brand new products for the first time in the UK, including the highly anticipated grandMA3 lighting console. Visitors will also see Martin Audio’s Wavefront Precision Series, Vari-Lite’s VL2600 range, Sennheiser’s Wireless G4 System and Robe’s MegaPointe.
The seminar programme serves many different tribes, from immersive audio and theatre refurbishment, to festival lighting and set design software. There is something for everyone at the industry leading show.
The reinvention of the Chester Storyhouse will be revealed by lighting advisor Rob Halliday and others who worked tirelessly on the project. The biggest of its kind outside of London, the venue houses an 800-seat auditorium, a 200-seat studio theatre, a 100-seat cinema, and much more. This seminar will explore the technology involved in such a huge and versatile space.
Professionals involved in set design and production won’t want to miss out on an introduction to Vectorworks. This leading industry software for entertainment design offers an incredible amount of functions including 3D rendering, VR and rigging analysis. Attend this seminar to see how Vectorworks can make your job easier.
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star-chinas-arena-solutionsStar China’s arena solutions
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

China - Star Events’ technology and inspiration was on the menu at a lunch for major promoters, production suppliers and principal venues in Shanghai recently.
Hosted by Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena, China’s second busiest music venue, the event focused on the launch of the China PROM (Production Rigging Operations Manual) and the arena’s new house reduction solution, designed and installed by Star Events China, which was demonstrated to the lunch guests.
Conceived by Star Events China, with input from engineers, local and international experts, rigging publications and the arena architect, PROM is the first rigging safety manual of its type in China.
Built in 2010 for Shanghai World Expo, the Mercedes-Benz Arena has an extensive gallery level serving its sports commitments, which include NBA and NFL games. A roller blind mechanism, designed to screen the section off and provide for a more intimate event experience downstairs, put 100 tons in the roof and fell far short of the requirements.
Star Events’ semi-automated house reduction system was officially handed over after the demonstration. It can deploy nearly 5,000sq.m of Acre Jean AFR drapes in minutes without any Work at Height in the 34m high venue.
Jo Xie, operations director for Star Events China, comments: “The system is operated by the house technical crew. It’s reliable, demountable and weighs less than 10 tons rather than 100 tons, so leaves much more rigging capacity in the roof.”
(Jim Evans)

dlive-bme-sxsw18-2Austin powers up for SXSW with Allen & Heath
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

USA - Allen & Heath digital mixers were once again in abundance at this year’s South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.
Mixers from the whole range were used in venues across the city, from corner bars and impromptu stages, right up to the British Embassy Music showcase which saw performances from rising stars like Che Lingo, Pale Waves and Idles, as well as established UK artists including Gaz Coombes and Frank Turner.
Hosted at Latitude 30, the British Music Embassy showcase sees a new act and engineer every 40-minutes, so having a system that combines ‘walk-up-and-mix’ usability with extensive built-in processing is essential to the smooth running of the event.
To accomplish this, British production company, CATO Music, installed a dLive C3500 system and two S3000 systems to cover FOH, monitors and house continuity. Another important aspect of the system was to provide a multi-track recording feed via Dante for the BBC, which broadcast extensive highlights of British Music Embassy shows.
Ant Forbes, general manager at CATO Music, says: “dLive is perfect for SXSW. It’s fast, flexible and incredibly easy for engineers to walk up to and get to grips with, even if they’ve never used one before. Combine that with the great onboard FX and processing and the overall audio quality and it’s hard to imagine what could’ve done the job better.”
Leon Phillips, Allen & Heath’s head of live sound & touring, adds: “Across the board, engineers at SXSW loved dLive. Thanks to a fast work

absenPL+S 2018: Absen majors on Polaris and Altair
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Germany - Absen Europe will showcase and demonstrate its NXTGEN technologies featuring the recently unveiled Polaris and Altair ranges for the rental market.
The 105sqm stand is set to make an impact with Absen’s NXTGEN innovations taking pride of place - including its new COBALT (Chip-on-Board Advanced Light Technology) platform featuring Absen Chip-on-Board (COB) encapsulation technology and NanoShield technologies alongside its HBB (High Brightness Black) with Common Cathode LED driver technology solutions.
First to market with its NXTGEN COBALT technology with NanoShield, which has been specifically developed to meet the demands of NPP LED in live event rental applications, Absen has developed the Polaris Series with COBALT.
Another industry first, Absen’s NXTGEN HBB (High Brightness Black) technology, is a way to drive black SMD LED at ultra-high brightness with ultra-high contrast.
Engineered to deliver a balance of speed, ease of use, robustness and precision, the Polaris Series features a number of mechanical advances including Auto-Lock, Auto-Eject and Fast-Switch curve locking systems.
Absen’s NXTGEN Altair ultra-lightweight series is comprised of the AT3, AT3 Pro, AT5, AT5 Pro and AT7 models, offering pixel pitch variations suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
In addition to the Polaris and Altair showcase zones on stand, there will also be a hands-on area for customers to explore - featuring Absen’s D2V Plus and M2.9 Pro indoor rental display and T5 outdoor rental display products, as well as units from the Po

artistic-licencePL+S 2018: Artistic Licence addresses lighting control
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Germany - Artistic Licence is set to unveil a number of new products catering for the Art-Net/sACN, DMX512 and DALI lighting control markets. Artistic Licence CEO, Wayne Howell, will be present throughout the show to answer questions, aided by German distribution partner, Soundlight.
On show will be the next generation of Artistic Licence ethernet-to-DMX gateways. Based on a more powerful chip technology, the range provides full support for the award-winning Art-Net 4 protocol, giving access to impressive new functionality not offered in earlier releases.
The dataLynx II is a 1U 19″ rack mount Ethernet to DMX512 gateway. It converts 12 universes of Art-Net (supports all versions up to Art-Net 4) or sACN ethernet into DMX512/RDM. The product features 12 DMX512/RDM outputs, using front mounted Neutrik connectors: a choice of XLR 3-pin, 5-pin or 8-pin (Ethercon) connectors is offered. The product is available with standard or extreme levels of electrical protection. Also in preview is dataLynx II SFP, which supports gigabit copper and fibre connections.
Also on show, artLynx quad and artLynx duo are DIN rail mounted products that convert Art-Net (all releases) or sACN to 4 (quad) or 2 (duo) DMX/RDM universes.
To be launched at the show, are matisse f6 dmx and matisse d4 dmx. These products are programmable, multi-function DMX controllers presented in a wall-mount format. All the electronics are mounted on the rear of the panel, so there is no need for external control boxes.
In a major new development, Artistic Licence will launch dal

omegaPL+S 2018: Doughty debuts lightweight stand
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Germany - Doughty's Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its Prolight & Sound debut this year. Visitors to Hall 3.0 stand E11 can see the new stand, which is currently in prototype format and takes the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty, comments: "The new Lightweight Lighting 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 spigot adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers. 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're delighted to be bringing this prototype to Frankfurt to get feedback from everyone who attends."
The Three Position Tank Trap will also feature on this year's stand. Following its debut in 2017, it went on to win the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year. This 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 points, which are located in the centre as per a standard tank trap, at the edge and in the corner.
In addition the Tank Trap Trolley will receive its Frankfurt debut. Designed by Doughty as a result

broadweighPL+S 2018: BroadWeigh plans international debuts
Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Germany - BroadWeigh is set to unveil “exciting new pieces of kit” at this year's Prolight and Sound in Frankfurt including the TwistLink, updated Wind Speed Sensor and a new advanced handheld.
With five of the company's product partners from across Europe taking stands at the show, Jonathan Purdue says Prolight + Sound is a good place to debut new products before a truly international audience.
"We've been attending the show for some years now and we are always impressed by the turnout and the number of leads that come our way as a result of the networking opportunities it affords us. This year we'll have a presence on the stands of AC-ET (Hall 3.0, Stand F65), Hof Alutec (Hall 3.0, Stand A44), Scanrig (Hall 3.0, StandF33) and SONOSS and Louis Reyners (Hall 3.0, Stand D18) who are exhibiting together, and I will be making appointments with customers and potential new clients as well as demonstrating our new products over the duration of the show."
The TwistLink, which will be available to customers in Quarter 2, is a piece of kit that allows a 4.75 tonne BroadWeigh shackle to be connected to a 3.25 tonne or 4.75 tonne shackle without having to mess around with the pin, nut and Rclip. It has holes at 90 degrees to minimise potential torsion loading in the load pin and to maintain accurate measurement and also conforms to the European Machinery Directive. Jonathan commented: "The TwistLink will be sold as a complete system with a shackle, will be easy to install and is the perfect piece of kit for temporary installations.”
The new Advan

isceIncreased attendance at successful ISCEx 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018

UK - The Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers wrapped up another successful ISCEx event with increased attendances at its annual exhibition and seminar day. ISCEx is a one-day exhibition and seminar programme held annually by the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers at Coombe Abbey Hotel and Country Park.
Open to members and non-members, the ISCEx exhibition and seminar programme is precluded by the Institute’s annual general meeting and networking dinner events, held on the previous day.
The ISCEx 2018 seminar programme was kicked off by Dr Chris Cocking, senior lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton presenting the Hopkins-Baldwin Lecture, a presentation entitled Busting the Myths of Mass Evacuation. Following extensive research by Chris and his colleagues into crowd behaviour during emergencies and the implications for crowd safety management during mass evacuations, this presentation was engaging and enlightening.
Hanieh Motamedian, business development manager for Sound Directions and Sam Wise, design director at Venue Strategies followed with the Warren-Barnett Memorial Lecture, discussing the benefits of sound masking in the corporate workplace and the positive effects on patient recovery in healthcare environments and the effects of sound on the human brain.
Matthew Archer, technical product specialist at Audio-Technica, presented the third seminar of the day, entitled Don’t drop the Ball, highlighting some of the steps involved in utilising large numbers of wireless mi

sixty82-founders-feb-18-names-in-press-release-footer-smlPL+S 2018: Sixty82 to make debut appearance
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - New trussing and staging company Sixty82 will make its first appearance at Prolight+Sound, presenting its trussing and staging solutions.
The company, which launched in March, was founded by Fokko Smeding and Marc Hendriks from The Netherlands, Adrian Brooks and Lee Brooks from the UK, and Xavier Drouet, Jérôme Bréhard and Alain-René Lantelme from France.
Smeding comments: “With some of the trussing world’s most experienced and trusted individuals behind our product line, we are extremely excited to be launching Sixty82 at this year’s Prolight+Sound. We have focused on the introduction of new technology that will become an industry standard within a short amount of time, and in providing our customers with confidence and security.”
(Jim Evans)

minipanel-fx-websafePL+S 2018: Ayrton schedules double launch
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Germany - Ayrton will launch two new products at Prolight+Sound 2018 as MistralTC and MiniBurst receive their world premieres at the show: the 300W white LED MistralTC spot fixture is the latest, much-anticipated new development in Ayrton’s Automated Luminaires range, while the MiniBurst graphic strobe is the next luminaire to undergo the miniaturisation treatment of Ayrton’s Creative Solutions range. MiniPanel-FX will also be exhibited for the first time in mainland Europe.
Mistral-TC is the latest in Ayrton’s new range of fixtures, named both in honour of North African desert winds and some of the hottest performance cars on the planet, which signify a new era in the company’s development as it focuses on a sensational new range of LED spot and wash light fixtures.
Sharing a form factor with its compact sibling, Merak, Mistral-TC is a versatile, feature-rich 300W white LED source spot in a small package.
Also receiving its world premiere at Prolight+ Sound is MiniBurst which follows in the tiny footsteps of MiniPanel-FX by presenting designers with a quarter-sized version of its big brother, MagicBurst, the first strobe fixture to be produced by Ayrton. However, MiniBurst’s small dimensions belie its capabilities as it still dazzles in terms of output, creative possibilities and price point, says the company.
(Jim Evans)

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)


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