USA - A new touring roadshow featuring dozens of lighting, audio, staging and vision brands rolls out through selected US States in September. Using the highly popular Entech format from Australia, Entech Roadshow USA is a partnership between Cary, N.C.-based Production Media Inc, a popular entertainment media company, and Julius Media Group from Sydney Australia.
For 19 years, Entech has been a key event for exhibitors and visitors alike in Australia. In its Roadshow format it is popular with visitors because its ballroom-sized footprint avoids the miles of aisles of a big tradeshow, and the one-day format respects the time constraints of most A/V technicians, designers and integrators, allowing them to meet the key people from major brands, and see the latest technologies.
Major brands in Australia have come to rely on the Roadshow to ‘bring the show to the people’ in major cities. Traditional large-format shows feature a high home town attendance, with many trade unable to justify the cost and time to travel.
Focusing on a series of key markets, the inaugural Roadshow travels to convention centres in Richmond VA, Charlotte NC, Atlanta GA and Birmingham AL across a compressed two-week period in September, 2018.
UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 opened for business this morning at the Scottish Event Campus for the fourth consecutive year with a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. Leading brands are displaying their latest products, and the programme sees industry leaders giving inspiring talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions.
The latest in lighting is being featured by Ambersphere Solutions including the highly anticipated LED Ghibli spot fixture by Ayrton and Clay Paky’s compact Axcor 300 spot and beam. Robe is showcasing its all new MegaPointe, Chauvet is presenting the Maverick MK Pyxis and Maverick MK2 Profile, and Chroma-Q majors on the Color Force II, Color One 100X LED PAR, and Inspire XT.
Production services supplier, Adlib, is hosting a demo room, providing visitors with the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest audio products from leading brands, including the SYVA Colinear System from L-Acoustics, the latest SQ Series console from Allen & Heath, the ‘future classic’ M32 console from Midas, and the ‘sonic powerhouse’ SD12 console from DiGiCo.
On the show floor, among the 85 exhibitors, there will be plenty for audio professionals, with STEEDSY.COM displaying the latest from Funktion-One, with founder Tony Andrews on hand to chat with visitors. Also, Bose is showcasing the EdgeMax in-ceiling loudspeakers, and FE Live is presenting fresh d&b audiotechnik products.
AC-ET is due to present riggers with new wireless load monitoring solutions from BroadWeigh and electric chain hoists from Columbus McKinnon
USA - Linea Research amplifier and DSP specialist will be making its first NAMM Show appearance at this year’s event in Anaheim.
“We’re very pleased the NAMM Show has expanded to encompass more pro-audio,” comments Rik Kirby of Linea Research USA. “It’s a great way to kick the year off and meet with so many of our reps and business partners, and to launch our new FIR capable amplifiers.”
On display will be Linea Research’s range of four and eight channel networked DSP amplifiers, the portable and touring focused M Series and the installation and contractor C Series. Both series offer models with power ratings from 400W to 5,000W per channel, all with 96kHz DSP and optional Dante networked audio.
New for 2018 Linea Research is introducing FIR capable versions of its amplifiers allowing users to import loudspeaker manufacturer “greybox” FIR settings. “This capability has been much-requested and we’ve been able to implement it at 96kHz giving improved sound quality over 48kHz solutions,” remarks Kirby.
Also in attendance will be Linea Research’s newest addition Margie Kirby of US distributor Allied Professional Technologies. “I’m excited that NAMM will be my first outing representing Linea Research,” says Margie, who will be working closely with Linea Research on their US and global marketing efforts.
The Netherlands - Cloud Electronics will present Cloud CV8125, the first in a series of new digital amplifiers. The new Cloud CV8125 Digital Class-D multi-channel amplifier provides 125W output per channel across eight channels, plus two additional configurable aux channels offering feature-rich functionality and class-leading performance for commercial audio installers and users.
Designed for use in retail, leisure, hospitality, commercial, industrial and other demanding applications, the new Cloud CV amplifiers utilise energy efficient switch-mode power supplies for improved performance in a compact size, allowing the new CV digital amplifiers to meet stringent Energy Star Compliancy ratings.
A host of user and advanced user functionality includes comprehensive on-board digital signal processing, assignable 1450ms audio delay and load-testing / reporting ability. Rear panel DIP switch settings allow configuration of routing, switching of high-pass filters to minimise speaker transformer saturation and switching between 70V/100V output per channel.
The Netherlands - ASL, UK manufacturer of public address, voice alarm, commercial audio and control system products, will be showcasing the VIPEDIA-PRO range of EN54 PAVA equipment with Dante and the INTEGRA all-in-one public address/voice alarm system at the ISE.
VIPEDIA-PRO uses the Brooklyn Dante implementation from Audinate to bring together strands of EN54 and Pro-Audio performance via Dante. By enabling Dante within an EN54 environment, ASL offers solutions to large-scale projects whereby an EN54 core solution is enhanced through the inclusion of pro-audio processing, control and advanced mixing, with secure transmission and fault tolerance.
INTEGRA , a wall-mounted member of the VIPEDIA product family, forms a single-box, EN54 compliant public address and voice alarm system. Sleek and uncluttered, INTEGRA is designed with a modular approach and builds upon the proven technology of ASL’s D-series transformer-less amplifiers and VIPEDIA DSP. INTEGRA greatly reduces the need for expensive design and build often required for rack-based voice alarm systems.
ASL will showcase the new products in two presentations on Thursday 8 February 2018 with colleagues from ASL’s overseas distribution partners. The presentations will highlight two recently completed large-scale projects using the new products. The presentations will be followed by Q&A sessions from the floor.
For the duration of ISE 2018, a full complement of technical, sales and marketing personnel will be on-hand to present and demonstrate the ASL product range.
UK - Ambersphere Solutions is gearing up to welcome visitors to PLASA Focus at Glasgow’s SECC. At Stand C1, the team will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate a selection of new products from the premier manufacturers Ambersphere is proud to represent.
Ayrton’s new LED Ghibli spot fixture received its worldwide debut on the Ambersphere Stand at PLASA London 2017, with the fixture now shipping it is already getting people excited about just how much is in one light. Featuring a huge even output as well as a rich feature set, lighting designers have asked for. PLASA Focus Glasgow will give you a chance to get hands on and see for yourself what all the talk is about.
Clay Paky are about to break the myth of bigger is better with the launch of the Axcor 300 range. Showing for the first time at a UK show will be the Axcor 300 Spot and Beam. These two LED fixtures bring an enormous amount to the toolkit of any designer. These no compromise fixtures are packed with features and all within a compact body. Be among the first in the UK to see these up close.
Last year saw the success of the Dalis 860 Cyc light from Robert Juliat. This year the Dalis 862 footlight now has a smaller model the 862S. This 500mm fixture is the perfect solution tucked in front of a speaker wedge or hidden discretely by a set piece. The full Dalis range will be on show.
This week has seen the very exciting news of a new console coming from MA Lighting. This will be on show for the first time in the spring, but in the meantime the hugely popular dot2 range will be on disp
Denmark - The Live Company AS showcase event co-hosted with Chroma-Q enabled rental production clients to experience the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyc, wash & effects light.
Leading lighting designers and specifiers from all sectors were invited to Tivoli in Copenhagen, one of Denmark's most prestigious entertainment resorts. Delegates got hands-on with Color Force II, followed by dinner and a show, where they were able to see it in action during a performance of The 35th Crazy Christmas Cabaret Show - Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens.
Freelance lighting designer Mark P Jones, who attended the event commented: "Having a history of using and specifying Chroma-Q products, it's great to see that Color Force II builds on the reputation of the original fixture - the output, colour range and stability on camera make them a great lighting tool."
Bjarne Olsen, show lighting designer for Planet Rump - The Farce Awakens noted, “I am very impressed with the fixture's colour palette. It can produce both deep saturated colours and vivid pastels. The amount of light output is also very impressive, and the individual pixel control allows for some nice effects."
USA - Schertler S.A, Swiss manufacturer of acoustic amplification systems, will launch its new Arthur Prime compact mixer series at the 2018 NAMM Show.
Specially designed for smaller-scale live performance and recording applications, Prime mixers will initially be available in fixed 5-, 9- and 13-channel configurations. Each compact, competitively-priced model uses technology from Schertler’s flagship Arthur (Format 48) mixer, including the same No Negative Feedback (NFB) structure for fast response and natural attack, the same hi-voltage (48V) power supply for superior headroom and the same high-quality preamps on input channels.
Added to this are two aux sends, a built-in digital reverb, stereo inputs (1/4” balanced inputs with Pan) that can be used as either 2x Mono or a single Stereo In and other essential features for straightforward, high-quality sound production.
Prime mixers are suitable for live performances where fewer input channels and aux sends are needed, or home/project studio recordings where space is limited. Easy to set up and transport, they are also designed for other applications requiring a quality affordable mixer. The new mixers are expected to ship during Q2 2018.
The Netherlands - EM Acoustics will reveal HALO Arena at ISE 2018. HALO-C made an impact when it was first launched in 2012. Five years on and EM Acoustics is ready to make the same kind of impact in the arena sound reinforcement market; built on the same core design intent as the much smaller HALO-C, HALO-A takes overall SPL capability to a level suitable for much larger applications, both fixed installation and touring.
HALO-A benefits from the same “maximum headroom” design that characterises its little brother, HALO-C, ensuring that that HALO-A delivers consistent performance across all SPL levels. A single HALO-A cabinet exhibits a flat, free-field frequency response from 48Hz to 19kHz (+/-3dB) and a phase response which is +/- 20 degrees between 150Hz and 18kHz. Due to the unique loading technique applied to the low frequency drivers combined with the high frequency waveguide, the dispersion pattern control is maintained down to 250Hz.
Whilst HALO Arena delivers the same flawless performance and coverage as HALO-C, the technology used to achieve it is different due to the much higher SPLs required from HALO-A. Rather than an AMT plane-wave guide, EM Acoustics has used compression drivers with a specially developed patent-pending emulation manifold which combines the energy of four 3.4” diaphragm, 1.4” exit compression drivers into a plane-wave array.
EM Acoustics’ Ed Kinsella, who designed HALO Arena, explains: “This assembly provides a very significant moving area for the HF section and twice the headroom of comparable systems.
USA - New for the 2018 Winter NAMM Show, sE Electronics has announced the V7 BFG: a special chrome Signature Edition of sE’s TEC-Award-nominated V7 dynamic microphone, created in partnership with Mr. Billy F. Gibbons - best known as the guitarist of ZZ Top.
The V7 BFG is the signature vocal microphone for Billy F. Gibbons. Best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of legendary American rock band ZZ Top, Billy Gibbons consistently ranks as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. From sE: “This Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductee and iconic blues-rock guitarist from Texas has been performing on the road for decades, and is still musically hyper-active with The Kings of Chaos, the BFG’s and – last but definitely not least - ZZ Top!”
The V7 BFG is a dynamic vocal hand-held microphone with a supercardioid polar pattern, delivering “a crisp, open sound that perfectly captures your voice in the most natural way you've ever heard on stage”.
Featuring a special custom chrome finish & royal purple internal windscreen, the V7 BFG ships standard with a mic clip and thread adapter, leatherette pouch, microfibre polishing cloth, a V7 BFG sticker, two BFG Signature Jim Dunlop custom gel guitar picks, and a spare black internal windscreen.
UK - Chroma-Q will showcase their latest award-winning LED lighting solutions for theatre, rock 'n' roll, corporate and architectural applications at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 (stand C2).
Sharing a premium feature set which includes homogenised optics, extremely bright and uniform output, colour consistency, theatrical grade dimming and ultra-quiet operation, colour-mixing models on display include the multi award-winning Color Force II LED cyclorama, wash & effects light; the Color One 100X LED PAR; and the multi award-winning new Inspire XT LED house light. Also showing is the Space Force variable white LED soft light.
The Netherlands - On stand U265 in Hall 15, at this year’s ISE, Powersoft will launch the new Duecanali 804 and Duecanali 4804, a two-channel amplifier platform with optional DSP and Dante dedicated to the fixed install market, and the perfect answer to system integrators’ needs for a high-performance amplifier solution in leisure and retail spaces.
The Duecanali 4804 provides 2 x 2400W @ 4Ω, a power output suitable to a wide range of projects, making it an attractive and cost-effective solution for small to medium size installations seeking both pristine and reliable sound.
The Duecanali 804 offers 2 x 400W and represents a lower total power solution for installations in retail, as well as bars and restaurants where a single two-channel amplifier is the requirement, without the need for additional channels or power. The range is completed by the existing Duecanali 1602, which was launched at ISE in 2017 and now sits between the two new products in the Duecanali range.
The two new models complete the Duecanali Series, bringing consistency in terms of size and power, as well as look and feel, for Powersoft’s installation market. The products are available in standard or DSP+D versions which extend system performance with on board high-end signal processing and Dante digital audio distribution. Both models can be managed with the newly launched user friendly Armonía 2.11 Pro Audio Suite version.
“With DSP onboard, interoperability created via third-party plug-ins, networking and remote control, Powersoft amplifiers have been converte
The Netherlands - Nexo will be presenting a line-up of professional loudspeaker models showcasing the company’s signature of low-profile cabinets with high SPL and outstanding sonic performance.
The ISE show presentation will use a new series of loudspeaker stands and mounts designed especially for Nexo by Showem of Germany.
The all-white display will feature the super-compact ID Series, which is tailored specifically for the installation environment. The ID24 full-range speaker uses twin 4” drivers in a V formation in combination with an HF compression driver. It has a unique user-adjustable horn, easily rotatable without tools by a switch on the rear panel, giving 60 or 120-degree HF coverage. This allows HF horizontal dispersion to be ‘tuned’ for the given application. As the ID24 can be mounted vertically or horizontally, this effectively gives the user four different directivity options in each cabinet.
The Geo M6 compact line array is particularly well-suited to house of worship environments and applications, and Nexo sees many such installations all over the world. It delivers a rarely available ratio of size-to-output, so it is able to keep a low visual profile in historic buildings, and present a highly contemporary design in modern environments.
The Geo M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. It uses a Nexo-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1x 1" throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz - 19 kHz ±3dB, wit
The Netherlands - At the upcoming ISE 2018 conference in Amsterdam, Audio over IP pioneer Barix will introduce the third generation of AudioPoint, the company’s audio signage platform that brings digital signage and TV content together with today’s BYOD trends. AudioPoint helps end users deliver audio associated with video content to mobile devices over a local Wi-Fi connection, driving a more intimate connection with consumers and lending a voice to the screen.
AudioPoint 3.0 increases the value proposition for systems integrators and end users with an all-in-one integrated solution that removes the need for an external channel server. AudioPoint 3.0 is based on a new hardware platform, engineered by Barix, that builds the channel server into the Barix Audio Signage Encoder to significantly reduce cost and integration time. The encoder supports both single- and multi-channel audio streaming for up to 250 simultaneous users.
Enhanced networking intelligence under the hood also ensures that AudioPoint 3.0 works with most professional and off-the-shelf routers to immediately enable Wi-Fi streaming. As previous generations required a specific type of router, this flexibility in router choice removes testing and configuration headaches in advance of deployments; and quickly sets end users on the path toward strengthening customer and audience engagement.
“Barix was at the forefront of the BYOD trend with AudioPoint upon its introduction five years ago,” said Reto Brader, vice president of sales and marketing, Barix. “The low price of Barix
USA - Chauvet DJ has a long legacy of leading the way with lighting innovations. That tradition will continue at the 2018 NAMM show, as the company introduces additions to its wireless Freedom series, a smart, versatile new version of its popular GigBAR and “a host of other new products that are destined to raise the bar in their categories”.
Visitors to the company’s NAMM booth (11133) will see the new Freedom H1, a compact 100% truly wireless, battery-operated LED wash light with a built-in D-Fi transceiver and a single hex-colour (RGBAW+UV) 10W LED that produces a rainbow of realistic accent light colours. Completely wireless, this compact fixture can be mounted “virtually anywhere, even on most metal surfaces, thanks to its magnetic base”.
Another NAMM newcomer for Chauvet DJ is the GigBAR Flex, which represents the next generation in the series that’s become known for making mobile entertainment lighting easier and more convenient.
The new Wash FX2 will also be debuting at NAMM. This multi-purpose effect light has 18 Quad-colour (RGB+UV) LEDs that can be used as a regular wash light or as an eye-candy effect with six chasing zones. An on-board dimming feature adds to its capabilities, and the unit’s powerful UV LEDs can be used to create a psychedelic black light effect in addition to delivering brilliant colour-mixing.
“We’re humbled and honoured by the recognition Chauvet DJ has received at NAMM, winning ‘product of the year’ awards multiple times from MMR and Music & Sound Retailer,” said Albert Chauvet,
UK - PLASA has announced the final additions to the programme for PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 taking place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) 17-18 January. Free registration is still open for the show which offers inspiring seminars, technical workshops, and cutting-edge training sessions.
Funktion One founder, Tony Andrews will be hosting a seminar, in association with Steedsy.com, which will delve into the audio quality differences between file formats, file players, sound cards, and mixers using state-of-the-art Funktion One equipment. Observations and questions are welcome throughout the presentation.
KV2 are set to demonstrate their latest loudspeaker products which are already making impressions internationally within theatre, worship, corporate, and DJ sectors. With demonstrations running throughout the show, visitors can inspect the ultra-compact passive ESD 25 loudspeaker with active EX 1.5 subwoofer and the active full-range EX 15 loudspeaker at their leisure.
BECTU will be sharing findings from their research on long-hours culture in the creative sector. Dubbed ‘Eyes Half Shut’, this report revealed shocking working practices, particularly in film and TV. Furthermore, they uncovered a widespread belief that poor management is to blame rather than business pressures. This stimulating seminar will invite discussion from the audience.
Also scheduled to appear is Robin Townley, CEO of The Association of British Theatre Technicians, who will be unpicking the implications of Scottish legislation on the use of industry codes
The Netherlands – ETC is heading to the Netherlands for the biennial CUE exhibition on 15-17 January at Rotterdam Ahoy. The new ColorSource CYC luminaire, the recently launched Ion Xe lighting control console, and products from ETC’s rigging portfolio will be making their Benelux debut at the event, with the company also offering product demos and giveaways on stand 101.
ColorSource CYC will take centre stage on ETC’s booth at CUE. The purpose-built cyclorama light is bright, compact and affordable. It’s also the first ColorSource fixture to add a fifth colour to its LED array, incorporating indigo with the RGB-L mix to achieve rich, theatrical hues. The CYC will be joining fellow family members at the show, including ColorSource Spot and PAR fixtures; ColorSource control desks; and the ColorSource Relay power control solution.
With compact footprints and full-featured Eos software, the new Ion Xe and Ion Xe 20 consoles bring programming power to smaller venues. Since the new consoles feature the same backlit keyboard layout as their larger Eos family siblings, workflow can transfer seamlessly from desk to desk. Accompanying the consoles are the new Eos Fader Wings which provide 20 or 40 standard faders in handy, USB-connectable modules that match – and are compatible with – all the latest Eos family hardware.
ETC Rigging’s intuitive line of controllers give users standard operational and safety feedback features not often found in other rigging controllers, such as multiple hardwired E-stops, load profiling, slack line detection, and
UK - KV2 Audio are returning to the PLASA Focus Glasgow show following a successful debut in 2017. The Czech manufacturer will run a dedicated demonstration facility – the Etive Room – to allow attendees to hear a selection of KV2 products, including the compact passive ESD 25 and active full-range EX 15 loudspeaker.
KV2 will be operating from stand B14 where representatives will be happy to discuss all audio requirements and the many ways KV2 products can help users “make the step up sonically”.
The Netherlands - Continuing to deliver practical innovations that address disruptive AV industry trends, Atlona is now shipping the AT-UHD-SW-510W 5x1 universal switcher with wireless presentation capabilities. Cost-efficiently supporting the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement, the SW-510W combines “unprecedented input flexibility with powerful integration features including automatic display control, automatic input selection, and mirrored HDMI and HDBaseT outputs”.
The SW-510W is now shipping and will be showcased alongside other Atlona integration, collaboration and control solutions during the company’s 15th anniversary celebration in stand 5-U80 at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam.
The SW-510W simplifies system design, integration, and operation by supporting both wired and wireless AV connectivity in a single, compact unit. For local wired sources, the new switcher features one DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs alongside a USB-C input for the latest Mac, Chromebook, and Windows PCs and other USB-C-equipped AV devices. Adding further value and convenience, the USB-C interface can also act as a charging station for laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
“As the BYOD trend continues to grow, systems integrators and end-users need an integrated switching solution that seamlessly supports both wired and wireless sources,” said Steve Kolta, product manager at Atlona. “The SW-510W combines the flexibility to easily accept any presenter device with a complete range of value-added operational and integration features, and we’re pleased to now be deliv
The Netherlands - Work Pro Audio, the installation and pro audio brand of international manufacturer Equipson, returns to ISE again this February to showcase its latest in sound reinforcement and audio over IP control solutions to the global audio installation marketplace.
The main attraction on the Work Pro Audio stand (#M200 in Hall 7) will be the new additions to the Arion Line Array range, the SL 210 A and the SL 218 SA subwoofer. Designed entirely at the Work Pro headquarters in Valencia, Spain, both line array elements were launched last year; this is their first major international trade fair outing since they began shipping in late Autumn 2017. Together, the new units form a system suited to use in demanding environments that require power, high-quality audio reproduction and controlled directivity.
In addition to the subwoofer, a range of accessories is available to complete the new Arion system, including a protective, foam-filled bag for transporting up to six SL 210 A units, a rain cover, the CRL transportation trolley which also carries a maximum of six units, and the MFF 210 Array Frame Kit for rigging and suspension.
Suitable for audio installations, theatres and concert halls, the SL 210 A/SL 218 SA system is a high-performance sound reinforcement solution offering intelligibility and clarity of sound.
In addition to the new elements in the Arion range, Work Pro will also be showing a selection of its fibreglass outdoor installation speakers and its BlueLine range of Audio over IP control solutions.
The Netherlands - ETC will showcase a selection of its architectural lighting control solutions on stand 15-R260. Visitors can explore ETC’s collection of systems to suit installations of all sizes and budgets – from a single room to office complexes, large museums, convention centres and theme parks.
Unison Paradigm delivers a new level of comprehensive control – sophisticated facility-lighting and building systems integration. And it does so with unprecedented flexibility and simplicity: a green-minded energy management system that capitalises on daylight harvesting, occupancy sensing and time schedules for maximum electricity and budget savings, plus the power to speak with different devices from different manufacturers over the same control system.
Unison Echo offers flexible, intelligent, and scalable control – simply. Whether it’s turning lights on and off, a need for multiple pre-sets, daylighting and occupancy controls for energy savings, or the ability to control hue, saturation and intensity of colour-changing LED luminaires, Echo has a solution to fit your requirements, says the company.
Unison Mosaic allows users to merge show control, LEDs, moving lights, media effects, and more into a single work of art is essential in seamlessly closing the distance between technology and life.
The Netherlands - The 15th edition of Integrated Systems Europe 2018 will see the debut of a range of new show initiatives.
Launching on the day before ISE 2018 opens its doors, the TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference, produced by AVIXA, is a one-day event, which will take place at the Okura Hotel, a few minutes’ walk from the RAI Amsterdam. TIDE will explore the creative forces and business decisions shaping the AV industry and how businesses can leverage these concepts. The TIDE conference will focus on Design Thinking for Business. The conference programme will be applicable to all design professionals, end customers and AV channel delegates.
The World Masters of Projection Mapping is a new competition with both the final and awards’ presentation occurring during ISE 2018. It is being produced by Amsterdam Light Festival, the RAI Amsterdam and ISE. The attendees will be able to view the finalists artistic 3D-light displays from canal boats sailing direct from the convention centre to the competition location.
The artistic and technical challenge for five shortlisted video artists will be to create a work of video art to be mapped onto the three-dimensional architecture of the futuristic EYE Filmmuseum, to be experienced, uniquely, from multiple viewpoints. Projectors, supplied by Panasonic, will be positioned around the futuristic building on a variety of platforms.
Judging will be led by Amsterdam Light Festival creative director Lennart Booij and will take place on 8 February. The winner will be ann
USA - ESTA and USITT have announced the initial sponsors for the New World Rigging Symposium, taking place 13-14 March in conjunction with the USITT Conference and Stage Expo 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Signing up as the Platinum Sponsor is Stage Rigging, Inc. a diversified theatrical rigging company that provides a full range of specialised rigging services on a global basis for tours, corporate and special events, and expositions. Chris Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Stage Rigging, states, “For over 40 years Stage Rigging has been an advocate of rigging standards and education, the New World Rigging Symposium is the perfect event for both.”
Gold Sponsors are ETC, offering a range of hoists and controls to accommodate the needs of any production space and budget, and J.R. Clancy, providing professional rigging solutions worldwide on thousands of venues since 1885. PSAV, which has been connecting people around the globe with meeting and event experiences since 1937, has signed on as the AV Sponsor. The first Bronze sponsor is Sapsis Rigging, Inc. a leader in stage rigging, fall protection and safety systems for the entertainment industry.
Silver sponsorships at $5,000 each and Bronze sponsorships at $2,500 each are still available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.
The two-day symposium will include 10 sessions covering such varied topics as Automation and Touring, Cruise Ship Rigging and Ground Support Concert Rigs. Scott Fisher will provide the Keynote Address. Th
UK - PLASA Focus Glasgow, Scotland’s dedicated event for entertainment technology, has announced more seminars and workshops for the upcoming show at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) on 17-18 January 2018. This year's seminar programme will feature representatives from The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Shure, the Edinburgh International Festival and the BBC. It is free to register for the show, which brings international brands and expertise to regional professionals working in lighting, sound, AV, rigging and staging sectors.
Adlib, one of the longest-established technical production companies in the UK, is set to bring big lighting and audio brands to the show, providing a hands-on experience. Newly-added seminars will focus on large-scale light and sound design, approaches to mental health, changes to audio bandwidth, and building a successful lighting team.
Adlib will be hosting practical sessions introducing the functionality and workflow of various digital mixing consoles. Allen & Heath will introduce the latest SQ series compact digital mixers; Midas will showcase their M32 console; DiGiCo will present their S-Series and SD12; and L-Acoustics will demonstrate their sensational new Syva colinear source loudspeaker system. The action continues into the evening with a drinks reception from 5PM.
New additions to the programme provide technical insights for installations, personnel advice for lighting teams, crucial information for audio