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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

ac-sp-etc-venues-county-hall-pic2A.C. Special Projects adds life to County Hall
Tuesday, 6 March 2018

UK - A.C. Special Projects (AC-SP) has assisted engineering company Hoare Lea in bringing its dynamic lighting scheme to life for etc.venues' 68,000sq.ft multi-use event space inside the London County Hall - providing an e:cue control system to meet the venue's bespoke needs.
The historic County Hall location is etc.venues' largest event space of 15 sites around the Capital, and a major historic tourist destination.
The lighting team at Hoare Lea worked closely with lead interior designer, Jestico + Whiles and executive architect, Synergy Architects, restoring County Hall to create a unique conference space for etc.venues.
The project included upgrading the building with integrated lighting elements to reveal and accentuate its architectural history, and help to create spaces with flexible ambient lighting serving and enhancing different events and tasks, ranging from large conferences to small group brainstorming sessions.
Spread over two floors, the etc.venues County Hall features a reception, conference and meeting rooms, a snug bar and restaurant wings. Many of the 30 rooms can be used individually, or combined with adjacent spaces to create a range of different sizes and configurations. As well as 12 flexible conference and meeting areas, there a number of suites with a capacity of up to 400 which can combined into multi-purpose spaces for up to 900 guests. The venue also offers smaller meeting and training rooms, as well as exclusive-use spaces.
When it came to the provision of a highly flexible and user-friendly new lighting co

isceRecord registrations for ISCEx 2018
Friday, 2 March 2018

UK - With just days to go until ISCEx 2018, the Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers reports a record number of visitor registrations and exhibitor bookings for its seminar and exhibition event, taking place on 7 March (Wednesday) at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Binley, Warwickshire.
The event will see 35 leading audio manufacturers and distributors on hand in the exhibition zone to discuss market opportunities, technology developments and your projects, alongside a programme of seminars throughout the day, open to all exhibition attendees.
This year’s seminars include: Busting the myths of Mass Evacuation - Dr Chris Cocking, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton; How do we react to Sound? - Hanieh Motamedian, Sound Directions & Sam Wise, Venue Strategies; Don’t Drop the Ball - Matthew Archer, Audio Technica Ltd.
Visitor registrations are available at:
(Jim Evans)

backupBackup’s Comfest 2018 tickets available now
Friday, 2 March 2018

UK - With three hours of stand-up comedy and live music, Backup’s upcoming comedy night at the Royal National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre on 25 March promises to be a great night.
The evening will be headlined by Al Murray - The Pub Landlord, and other comedians set to perform include Susan Murray, Mike Gunn, Tiff Stevenson, Danny Posthill, Nick Revell & Matt Price, with live music from The Cloggz. Tickers are available from
The annual Charity Golf day is also taking place on the day and organisers promise a ‘surprises galore’ as 18 teams go Tee – Tee.
A new challenge for 2018 is Fastest Hole of golf by a team of four. Go up against the clock for the fastest hole of golf. Who drives, who plays the fairway, the lay up, the putt? all to play for to claim the bragging rites.
Kartfest 2018, the chairty’s karting day, is also returning on 5 July (Thursday) at Sandown Park, Esher, with tickets going on sale at the end of March.
(Jim Evans)

prolyte-campus-01Prolyte Campus 2018 Cape Town
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

South Africa - DWR is presenting Prolyte Campus, a Prolyte Group training initiative, with guest speaker Ruud de Deugd from Prolyte on 13-16 March.
Prolyte Campus offers a complete programme of learning activities to create awareness on the safe use of Prolyte products.
(Jim Evans)

mecanoofrancine-houbenFirst keynote speaker confirmed for ITEAC 2018
Monday, 26 February 2018

UK - Dutch architect Francine Houben, the creative director of mecanoo architecten has been announced as the first keynote speaker of the International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference 2018 to be held on London on 3-5 June.
Houben has gained international acclaim for her work on theatres, museums and libraries to neighbourhoods, housing and parks, with each design founded on the observation of people, location, culture and climate. She holds Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and was granted lifelong membership of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
Booking for ITEAC 2018 is now open and as interest to attend the conference has been very strong, those wishing to attend are urged to book as soon as possible.
Presented by the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) at Savoy Place, the global engineering hub of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), latest information regarding sessions and speakers will be posted on the ITEAC website as announced.
Following the three days of conference, ITEAC delegates may then join up with exhibitors and visitors to the 40th anniversary annual ABTT Theatre Show at London’s Alexandra Palace on 6-7 June.

ac-et-at-bveAC-ET showcases LED solutions at BVE
Friday, 23 February 2018

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) 's specialist film & TV sales team will be showcasing their choice of LED solutions designed to work in image capture within the studio or on location - at BVE 2018, Excel London, UK, stand L41, 27 February - 1 March 2018.
Chroma-Q’s range of LED solutions is becoming widely used for various broadcast, TV and film applications. Products on show include the 2016 Cine Gear Expo-winning Space Force tuneable white soft source, which delivers an output and performance comparable with a traditional 6kW fixture in an energy-efficient, lightweight, convection cooled, ultra-quiet design. Also showing is the 2016 LDI and ESTA award-winning Color Force II colour-mixing wash light range, the award-winning Studio Force Phosphor compact soft source, and the Color One 100X colour-mixing LED effects PAR.
Also on show will be the latest, top of the range hard and soft sources from Spotlight, Mole-Richardson and Desisti. On demo will be Quasar Science’s Q-LED linear lamps, available with tuneable white and RGB output.
Making its BVE debut, the StageSmarts smartPDU intelligent power distribution solution provides simple and highly accurate real-time load monitoring at any time and from any location, of each individual circuit.
Another newcomer to the show is RatPac's AKS system, which uses LumenRadio CRMX wireless technology and allows users to control lighting fixtures directly from their mobile phone, tablet or PC. In addition, RatPac's Cintenna wireless receivers can plug directly into the back of lightin

audio-technicabp40Audio-Technica and Allen & Heath gear up for BVE
Friday, 23 February 2018

UK - Audio-Technica will be showing a range of its broadcast-oriented microphone and headphone products alongside Allen & Heath’s latest SQ and dLive mixing systems at BVE 2018 between 27 February and 1 March.
Audio-Technica’s BP40 large diaphragm dynamic microphone – designed for rich, condenser-like response in broadcast environments – and the company’s M Series flagship M70x monitoring headphones will be among the key products on display. Also available for visitors to experience at the show will be various microphones from Audio-Technica’s Broadcast & Production range, currently being relied on for broadcast sound from the Pyeongchang Games.
Those looking for compact on-camera audio solutions will be catered for with both the AT8024 stereo/mono microphone (with selectable line-cardioid or mid-side stereo modes) and System 10 camera-mount wireless system. The 2.4GHz System 10 camera unit offers supreme ease of use, light weight and 24-bit/48kHz operation, ideal for ENG reporting and video production.
Allen & Heath’s latest SQ digital mixers will be represented by the SQ-5, built around the company’s latest 96kHz FPGA XVCI core. With 16 onboard preamps, the compact 48-channel SQ-5 is designed for demanding professional audio situations and is compatible with Allen & Heath’s AudioRacks and SQ MixPad remote mixing app.
Visitors will also be able to get hands on with the dLive S3000 surface from Allen & Heath’s flagship mixing system. With a small footprint but remarkable specification, the S3000 feature

backstage-imageLeading brands on show at The Backstage Centre
Tuesday, 20 February 2018

UK - The Backstage Centre will host open days on 1-2 March, inviting visitors to discover and demo new products from leading professional brands including JTS, FBT, ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power.
Sat in Purfleet’s High House Production Park 11 miles east of London City Airport, the Backstage Centre has quickly garnered a reputation as one of the UK’s best-equipped production and rehearsal destinations.
Taking place within the facility’s sound stage, The Backstage Event will feature demonstrations of a wealth of FBT audio solutions. Rental companies and live engineers will hear why the dual 10” Muse line array, twinned with the Mitus 218SA, has already proven itself in more than 4,000 projects worldwide. Installers will have the chance to test the weather resistance of FBT’s IP55-rated Shadow loudspeakers, as well as the sharp Italian good looks of the Archon, Subline and Ventis series.
Alongside FBT, participating brands will include ADJ, Allen & Heath, DuraTruss, Elation Lighting, 5 Star Cases, JTS Microphones and Titan Power. Guests will be invited to network freely with refreshments to hand, while testing and evaluating products in a relaxed but professional environment, including listening sessions and hands-on testing. Starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm, both days will begin with seminars, followed by afternoon demonstrations and more.
“This is a great opportunity for rental companies, front of house and monitor engineers, and all members of the

painting-with-light-ise2018034Painting with Light makes Senses for Panasonic
Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Netherlands - International creative design practice Painting with Light was commissioned by Panasonic to produce a high-impact multimedia live show for their booth at this year’s ISE expo at Amsterdam RAI.
In 2017, Painting with Light’s creative director Luc Peumans developed a show that featured simultaneous tracking and projecting onto multiple objects, resulting in a dynamic live performance piece that combined a number of cutting-edge technologies, illustrating their capabilities, together with the flexibility of Panasonic’s latest projectors.
This year, Luc received a brief from Panasonic’s European product marketing manager for projectors and visual solutions, Thomas Vertommen, who wanted to take it one step further and create a more graphical show that was even more technically ambitious.
Panasonic is continuously following live entertainment trends to establish how best to showcase relevant technologies at ISE, and this year Thomas suggested a more futuristic performance altogether which included the use of holograms, tracking and mapping, all working in conjunction with Panasonic-selected partners like disguise, BlackTrax and Novaline.
From this starting point, Luc conceived and developed a special 6-minute movement piece called Senses in collaboration with show director Frank de Wulf and choreographer Roy Julien.
A team from Painting with Light was assembled to produce bespoke video content and design a meticulously detailed projection show / system based around two dancers, four projection boxes, 12 projec

aesmilanlogoAES Milan explores The Power of Sound
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Italy - The Audio Engineering Society has announced the membership of the organising committee for the 144th International AES Convention and Exposition, taking place in Milan, Italy, 23-26 May at the NH Hotel Milano Congress Centre.
Embracing this year’s theme - The Power of Sound - the convention will be co-chaired by Alberto Pinto (professor - CESMA, NUCT University, Stanford University) and Nadja Wallaszkovits (chief audio engineer - Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences and AES President-Elect), who have assembled a team of leading audio professionals to organize the events and presentations for Europe’s largest professional audio education, networking and gear exhibition of the year.
“Throughout their 70-year history,” says Wallaskovits, “AES conventions have gathered the foremost minds in audio to educate and connect with attendees. AES Milan 2018 will carry on that tradition in Northern Italy - not only a wonderful locale, but also home to numerous prominent professional audio manufacturers.”
“AES Milan is offering Workshops and Tutorials from across the broad range of audio engineering specialties,” adds Piotrowska. Sessions will include 3D Audio, Sound Reinforcement, Sound for Cinema, Sound for VR, Multichannel Audio, Recording and Production and Room Acoustics.
“Convention attendees can share and expand their audio knowledge from the fundamentals through to the latest technologies,” she furthers. “New media - AR and VR, game sound, immersive audio, mobile platforms - will be the focus of num

ise-2018ISE 2018 attracts record crowds
Thursday, 15 February 2018

The Netherlands - The largest and busiest Integrated Systems Europe in its 15-year history drew record numbers of exhibitors and attendees from around the world for four days of business, education and networking at the RAI Amsterdam between 6-9 February.
The number of exhibitors totalled 1,296, of which 294 were exhibiting at ISE for the first time. Combined, they filled 53,000sq.m of exhibition floor space. Floor space already confirmed for ISE 2019 currently stands at 103% of the total booked for ISE 2018.
The number of registered visitors by the end of the show had reached 80,923, an increase of 10.3% on the 2017 edition. Over 30% of the total attendees were visiting ISE for the first time.
Mike Blackman, Integrated Systems Events managing director, comments: “It’s been a great show that has delivered on all fronts. I’m delighted to report that visitor numbers and exhibitor satisfaction have both been very high. On behalf of ISE, I’d like to thank all our attendees, exhibitors, partners and our co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA. This combination has made ISE what it is today and ensures that we are able to build on our successes year on year.”
ISE 2019 will be held at the RAI Amsterdam from 5-8 February 2019.
(Jim Evans)

albert-one-4EVAC packs a punch at ISE 2018
Wednesday, 14 February 2018

The Netherlands - For the fourth year, 4EVAC enjoyed a successful ISE with interest from across mainland Europe for its innovative systems: the COMPACT 500 and LoopDrive Fault Isolator Module (FIM).
Both systems set a precedent in line with today’s modern demands for installation efficiency as cost effective solutions either as stand-alone units or as a complementary integrated solution.
4EVAC also previewed its new IMPACT system at ISE 2018. Set to bring 4EVAC’s COMPACT 500 technology into a 19” rack mountable solution, the IMPACT expands the capacity of 4EVAC’s commitment to de-mystify VACIE (voice alarm control and indicating equipment) cleverly combining the SW6 DIN-rail zone extender modules.
The success of the COMPACT 500 lies in its compact footprint and modular design. It offers seamless integration as a ‘lean & mean’ solution that’s set apart as a ‘system in a box’.
It packs a punch providing all the benefits of a stand-alone system, but also combines global network topology to offer an infinitely configurable modular solution that meets the most challenging contemporary demands.
The LoopDrive Fault Isolator Module (FIM) integrates 4EVAC’s patented technology to deliver an increased availability and reliability of evacuation loudspeaker lines installed using the return-loop principle.
Detecting and isolating a loudspeaker failure in a faulty section in the loop in-between any two FIMs ensures maximum performance of the remaining loudspeakers on that same loop.
Albert Van Der Hout, business

rolandnamm2Chauvet creates concert looks for Roland at NAMM
Wednesday, 14 February 2018

USA - Visitors who entered the Roland exhibit at NAMM during a performance by one of the company’s many star endorsers experienced a sense of attending a concert. When they returned a short time later, they felt an equally immersive, but quite different, sensation of walking through a high-tech showroom. Contributing to the creation of this flexible exhibit space was a versatile lighting design by Justin Preston that featured a collection of over 90 Chauvet Professional fixtures, including 32 Maverick MK2 Wash units.
Having this number of high-output moving fixtures in the lighting design for a trade show exhibit represented outside-the-box thinking, but for Preston it made perfect sense, given his objective of creating a multi-dimensional environment. “Our concept in lighting the Roland space was to merge a club and a trade show look,” he said. “While we wanted to be able to create a full club vibe in the Roland Room during shows, we also needed to create an atmosphere that promoted customer-product interaction between the musical performances.
“The Mavericks were instrumental in helping us do this,” continued Preston, who rented his lights from Kinetic Lighting. “We used the Mavericks to provide a saturated wash of the exhibit between shows, and also to serve up some eye candy effects and beam effects when we had performances. Their large zoom range allowed them to be used as beams during performances and as a general wash between shows; plus, their virtual gobos gave us an extra diversity of looks. I even ended up using them for key, fil

leedsPLASA Focus Leeds to celebrate 10th anniversary
Wednesday, 14 February 2018

UK - The popular PLASA Focus Leeds exhibition marks its 10th anniversary by returning to the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on 1-2 May. Free registration is now open.
The show will present over 120 international brands from all sectors of the industry. Highlights will include lighting products from show sponsor Phillips Entertainment Lighting, audio solutions from Sennheiser, Shure and d&b audiotechnik, and rigging services from UK Rigging.
Plenty of fresh faces are expected at the 2018 show, such as sound experts TOA, power systems manufacturers Lex Products, rain protection suppliers SelbyGuard, and award-winning LED lighting company TLS. With a mixture of household names and new discoveries, PLASA Focus Leeds promises something for everyone.
For those interested in opportunities to enhance their professional expertise, PLASA’s industry-leading seminar programme will return with the brightest minds revealing tips and tricks of the trade. The two-day programme of key note talks, panel discussions, practical workshops and technical demonstrations will assist professionals of all levels and help advance the industry forward.
PLASA Focus Leeds is still the only show in the north of England that brings together iconic brands and over 2,500 industry professionals, creating a crossroads of business and networking opportunities.
PLASA commercial director, Chris Toulmin, says: “We are incredibly excited to celebrate the 10th birthday of PLASA Focus Leeds which is set to be a sell-out show with a wider array of exhibitors than ever b

al-murrayThe Pub Landlord to headline Comfest 2018
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

UK - For one night only, on 25 March, Al Murray The Pub Landlord will be serving up a very special night of comedy for the live events industry at the Dorfman Theatre, within the National Theatre, in aid of backup - The Technical Entertainment Charity.
Sponsored by SFL, TSL, White Light and The British Drum Company, and with the kind support of The National Theatre, this is the night that the artists we support pay it back and support the technicians of the live events industry.
As well as The Pub Landlord, there is a great supporting line up including Mike Gunn, Tiff Stevenson, Danny Posthill, Nick Revell, Matt Price plus more acts to be announced, and live music from Brighton troubadours, The Cloggz.
“Because this is a night for the industry by the industry, it was incredibly important to backup to hold the first Comfest at the National Theatre because of the organisation’s ethos of staging ground-breaking productions that embrace the very latest technology,” says backup trustee Lee Dennison. “It’s the pinnacle of everything that is good, both technically and artistically, within our industry. We’re incredibly grateful to the NT for allowing us to hold Comfest at The Dorfman, and to Al Murray and all the artists who are so generously donating their time to perform at the event.
“The evening will undoubtedly help raise awareness of how backup is helping those that work so tirelessly on the technical side of the industry, as well as providing the charity with additional, much needed funds to continue its crucial role in supportin

stephane-aziz-hanslee-2Chauvet to host Singapore open house
Friday, 9 February 2018

Singapore - US lighting manufacturer Chauvet is inviting dealers, integrators, designers and other lighting professionals in Asia to the company’s first open house in Singapore.
Held at the Four Points Sheraton on the Singapore River, the event takes place on Tuesday, 27 February, from 1:30pm to 6:30pm and is followed by a dinner.
Visitors to the open house will get a close-up “hands-on” look at the latest Chauvet Professional, Chauvet DJ and ChamSys products, including fixtures in the Maverick and Ovation series. Hanslee Lim, who recently joined Chauvet, and Aziz Adilkhodjaev of ChamSys will also be on hand to meet guests and answer questions about the company’s product line-up.
Also attending the open house will be executives from Chauvet’s US home office, including Stephane Gressier, the company’s International sales director. “All of us are eager to meet with the lighting community in Singapore to discuss how we can build our businesses together,” says Gressier. “Hanslee and the rest of our team are very upbeat about the future of Chauvet in Asia.”
The Four Points Sheraton is located at 382 Havelock Road, Singapore 169629. Those interested in attending should reserve their place by contacting Hanslee Lim at
(Jim Evans)


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