Mexico - The 17th edition of Sound:Check XPO, Mexico’s leading music industry show, is taking place on 28-30 April at the Mexico City’s World Trade Centre, with the latest developments in audio, video, lighting and staging set to be showcased across more than 13,000sq.m of exhibition space.
Over 22,000 attendees are expected to visit the show, which will also include a programme of masterclasses, with musician Simon Phillips, Mimi Fox and Camilo Laro from Instituto Mexicano del Sonido/Mexican Institute of Sound, the AES Mexico Annual Conference and the Tendencias (Trends) sessions.
The Harman Auditorium will be the stage for product presentations that can be heard and seen in full operation, accompanied by technical talks with leading industry professionals.
The AES Annual Conference will feature Sergio Molho (Waters-Storyk Design Group), Jonathan Wyner (mastering engineer, education director and Izotope chief studio engineer), Lenise Bent (engineer and producer), Bruce C. Olson (Olson Sound Design founder), John La Grou (Millenia Media founder), Merlijn van Even (Meyer Sound senior technical support and education specialist), Mark Drink (audio engineer for Suzanne Vega, Boston Pops Orchestra, Tony Bennet and KD Lang), Sergio Díaz (sound designer of the movie Roma), and AES global president, Nadja Wallaszkovits.
Germany - LSC Lighting Systems will once again be exhibiting at the forthcoming Prolight + Sound show in Frankfurt (12.1-C67).
This show will see the official release of the new DINrail range of LSC products including LED drivers, MDR DMX RDM splitters and a preview of the new Mantra Mini DINrail playback unit and Houston X software, allowing configuration and monitoring of GenVI, APS, UNITY and the entire new DIN range of products.
The LED-CV4 is a four-channel, 12V or 24V LED dimmer with constant voltage, a 5A per channel output and is a True 16-bit dimmer controlled via DMX and configured by RDM. It has built-in, short-circuit protection per channel with auto-reset, current monitoring, variable frequency output and can be monitored and configured via the new LSC Houston X software system.
The MDR-DIN data distribution range is a new four-way, DINrail-mounted version of the popular MDR DMX splitter with RDM as standard. Each port is optically isolated and it is available with either RJ45 or terminal connectors. Each output of MDR-DIN can be RDM enabled/disabled as required by the user.
LSC will also be previewing Mantra Mini, a new addition to the award-winning Mantra range. The nine-module DINrail-mounted recording and playback unit offers all the functionality of Mantra in a simple-to-install package.
Germany - In 2016 Chauvet Professional made major waves at Prolight + Sound when it introduced its line of Maverick fixtures. This year, the company will be celebrating the anniversary of its popular moving lights at the Frankfurt show with the first public preview of the brightest, most feature-rich fixtures ever in the Maverick line.
Marketed around the theme “Take your breath away,” the Maverick MK3 Spot and Maverick MK3 Profile will “do just that with an eye-popping output from one of the most powerful single-source LED engines in any moving head fixture currently on the market”, says the company.
“These are the brightest lights ever in the Maverick line,” says Albert Chauvet, CEO of Chauvet. “We listened very carefully to the designer feedback we received at an invitation-only private showing of fixture prototypes last year to refine and develop the features that fit the real-world needs of touring LDs.”
Delivering all the brightness needed for any arena or stadium application, the two 820W LED fixtures are user-friendly in terms of their weight and dimensions. The two fixtures are also rich in a wide range of performance features, including full-loaded static, rotation and animation effects. Both fixtures also have a 6° to 54° zoom angle, the widest Chauvet Professional has ever offered.
Following Prolight + Sound, Chauvet Professional will be hosting Maverick MK3 Spot preview events around the world.
The Netherlands - Integrated Systems Events, the organiser of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), has issued a clarification as it seeks to differentiate its flagship trade show from industry events with similar monikers.
The organisation says in a statement: “There are some events in the pro AV and systems integration field with which [ISE] has no connection, including the AV Integrated Systems Expo Mumbai, or AV-ISE in a shortened format. ISE wishes to make this fact clear to its exhibitors and attendees to ensure that there is no confusion.
Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events, comments: “We put a lot of time, resource and effort into creating a show experience at Integrated Systems Europe that is second to none. We trust that, when deciding whether to attend any given show, AV and systems integration professionals will look beyond the chosen name and make their own judgements.”
As well as the main ISE show each February, Integrated Systems Events also organises Integrated Systems Russia and the Digital Signage Summit series of events. In addition, Integrated Systems Events produces a number of the conferences that take place during ISE. Integrated Systems Events also participates with the numerous exhibitions and events produced by its co-owners AVIXA and CEDIA.
Saudi Arabia - AV equipment supplier Production Technology (Protec) has reported that, thanks to recent purchases, it now offers the same brands and services from its new warehouse in Riyadh that it does from its Dubai HQ.
The company has already been involved in a string of major events, including Formula E. Saudi Arabia, one of the first major international sporting events ever staged in the country.
For this project, Protec’s audio team chose a range of L-Acoustics to cover an extensive area across six grandstand viewing areas, two hospitality areas, the podium, a gaming area and the e-village stage. Video turned to Barco’s S3 and Luminex networking to livestream to 140 screens across the venue which required 19km of fibre to ensure 4K video with less than one frame of delay. Lighting used their new SGM P-10 and Claypaky lights for the E-Motion club and hospitality village.
Another major event in Saudi Arabia that Protec provided a complete package for was the new tourism destination, Al Qiddiya, planned to be the world’s largest entertainment destination. Based in the desert with no infrastructure in place, Protec was invited to supply the temporary structure including a 36m x 88m Supa Dome with full technical support inside the auditorium as well as scenic, staging and automation for the ceremony attended by royalty and VVIPs to celebrate the beginning of an estimated two-year build project.
Following Saudi’s successful expansion, focus is moving to the UK based Protec European Events. New premises have been acquired, more than do
Germany - As part of its Fine Pixel Generation campaign, Absen will give centre stage to its headline touring product - the Aries Series - at Prolight + Sound 2019.
The tradeshow will also allow the company to exhibit the capabilities of its award-winning Polaris Series. These products, and more, can be found on Absen’s stand in Hall 4.0, E35.
Absen recently celebrated its 10th straight year as the #1 Chinese export brand for LED displays - a feat that was thanks in no small part to the strength of its rental products - and intends to retain this title with the help of the Fine Pixel Generation’s newest members.
Absen’s new Aries Series is the company’s first NPP range that has been specially designed to meet the growing demand for sub-2mm fine pitch LED in rental staging applications such as auto shows, high-end conferences and live broadcasts. Supporting HDR10 (high-dynamic-range) standard, the new AX1.5 model allows for a much broader range of colours, while being road-rugged thanks to its corner edge protection.
Featuring the latest in Integrated Matrix Device (IMD) and Common Cathode (CC) technologies, the new Aries Series (featuring the 1.5mm pixel pitch AX1.5) provides over three times the strength as traditional LED screens whilst consuming 20% less power. CC technology in particular allows improved contrast ratio and brightness, as well as helping to reduce heat generation, thus ensuring a longer lifespan.
As well as the Aries Series, Absen will also use Prolight+Sound to demonstrate the staying power of its Polaris S
UK - Pearce Hire has claimed the Best Power Supplier Award at the recent Event Production Awards (EPAs), held at Novotel London West on 19 March.
The company provides production services and dry hire to over 2,000 events each year and is set to work on projects including Lovebox, Forest Live series, Classic Ibiza, Detonate Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival and Equifest in 2019.
“It is a huge accolade to have even been shortlisted for an Event Production Award, as we have also been a finalist for a TPI Award and a Festival Supplier Award this season. But to actually win the EPA for Best Power Supplier was really the icing on the cake,” says Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“I am extremely proud of the hard work and commitment our dedicated staff and crew put into our projects throughout the year, and a big thank you goes to every one of them. As well, of course, as our loyal customer base who have really put us in the position to win this award.”
The team has now returned to their HQ in Peterborough where they are busy preparing for what they anticipate will be their busiest spring and summer season to date.
The Pearce Hire team will be available to meet on stand RA-05 at the upcoming PLASA Focus Leeds trade show, taking place at the Royal Armouries on 14-15 May.
Indonesia - Acoustic Sound Image Integrated Solution (ASIIS Indonesia), distributor and system integrator of hi-end audio, LED, sound and lighting systems, has successfully staged promotional expos in three cities - Jakarta, Semarang and Surabaya.
ASIIS Indonesia under the leadership of Andy Mulya Sutikno is the organiser of the ASIIS NEX GEN Sound and Lighting Expo 2019, which aims to provide the latest technological updates on sound and lighting products.
In this expo, ASIIS Indonesia exhibits many of the brands it represents, including Waves eMotionLV1, Audio Focus, ChamSys, Minuit Une and VMB Lifts.
During the Waves session, Ebenhaeser (sound engineer and Waves specialist) and sound engineer Tommy Utomo explain the benefits and technology of the eMotionLV1, a revolutionary live digital mixer.
During the ChamSys session, Tommy Hartono (lighting designer & ChamSys specialist) elaborates on the hardware and software contained in ChamSys desks.
Lighting designers from house of worships, broadcasters, rental companies, clubs and media attended this event were enthusiastic. This NEX GEN Expo generated clear information about lighting console solutions that could facilitate the works of lighting engineers.
The last session was also related to the lighting industry, but this time the technology presented was very different - IVL Lighting by Minuit Une, a lighting technology with a deep perspective as well as an immersive experience with unlimited effects. Speakers for this session were Eric Phelep (founder of Minuit Une) and W
UK - Harman’s UK distributor Sound Technology is bringing the company’s latest performance audio and lighting products at a showcase on 27 March (Wednesday) at the Islington Assembly Hall in London.
The event is aimed at venue operators, rental and production companies, engineers and designers.
Delegates can hear the new JBL VTX A8 Series line array system, which has been installed by the host venue. The demos are taking place at 12.30pm and 4.30pm.
Meanwhile, those interested in lighting can attend the Martin by Harman showcases at 11am and 3pm, which will feature the new ERA 300 Profile (modern day LED successor to the much-loved MAC 250), the now-shipping ELP Series LED Ellipsoidal fixtures, the MAC Allure Profile creative fixture with P3 technology, plus the award-winning MAC Encore Wash, MAC Encore Performance and JEM Glaciator Dynamic.
In addition, the latest models in the RUSH range including the MH10, MH11 and Batten 1 Hex will also be on show.
USA - The work of rock‘n’roll photographer and author Neal Preston is coming to the USITT show, taking place on 21-23 March at the Kentucky International Convention Centre in Louisville, KY courtesy of The Lightpower Collection.
Preston’s pictures will be displayed in the Behind the Scenes stand #1253 and his books Exhilarated & Exhausted and In the Eye of the Hurricane will be available for sale. Posters, including his famous images of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant, will also be available for just $10 each. Sales of books, posters and prints will benefit the Behind the Scenes charity.
The photographer will be present in the Behind the Scenes booth to sign books and posters on Thursday and Friday from 12-1pm and 4-5pm.
Preseton’s client list is a virtual who’s-who of rock royalty and his archive is regarded as one of the music industry’s most extensive and significant photo collections. Rock fans know him best as the photographer who has toured with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, and countless others. In 1985, Preston was chosen as one of the official photographers for the Live Aid concert at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Lightpower was founded in 1978 in Germany as a lighting rental company. Since then Lightpower has grown to be an internationally established distributor for stage and studio lighting equipment. The Lightpower Collection was born out of a company culture that has grown over several years with a passion for collecting rock’n’roll art.
UK - BECTU, the media and entertainment union, has launched a comprehensive set of standards for the live events industry to fight for better working conditions for its members in the sector.
The campaign comes as more than three quarters (76%) of BECTU members in the live events sector felt pay in the sector needed to be improved by setting minimum rates. A further two thirds (69%) of respondents named long hours as their biggest concern in their roles, followed by almost half (46%) reporting lack of crew welfare facilities and one in three (30%) expressing concern over health and safety.
Workers - often freelancers - who undertake contracts at entertainment events, festivals and conferences as lighting technicians, sound engineers and live events crew have reported widespread mistreatment including long hours, no breaks, bullying and harassment, says the union.
BECTU plans to directly address this in its set of standards for the industry, which also covers health and safety, diversity, inclusion and provision of appropriate facilities based on the Equality Act’s protected characteristics.
The union is calling for a change in industry culture that can leave so many workers feeling isolated and unable to feel empowered to tackle issues for fear of losing work.
BECTU will be seeking employer support for the standards, which have been based on a charter already in circulation by its reps in negotiations, however this is the first industry-wide campaign launched to generate wider public awareness and galvanize supporters.
UK - Callum Wachowski has joined Fiend Productions to provide a primary point of contact for rental enquires. Callum, who is also principal at Rugby-based dry hire and event production company Genius Bros, will bring his knowledge of lighting, rigging and video equipment and projects to the Fiend Productions team.
Jess Mathews, Fiend’s MD comments: “Callum has joined us at a time of investment and growth for the business. We are building on our stock of MA and Avolites control equipment, wide range of intelligent lighting fixtures and LED screen this year and Callum’s arrival will help us provide a knowledgeable and consistent contact for our customers.”
The Netherlands - Creative design practice Painting with Light was behind the delivery of the live performance show on the Panasonic stand at the 2019 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) expo in Amsterdam.
Under the creative direction of Luc Peumans, for the third consecutive year, the Painting with Light team presented a specially-choreographed five-minute dance show, complete with bespoke video content and a special soundtrack for which they commissioned Frank de Wulf to direct - and sourced two dancers from the Véronique Lenaers school of ballet.
This showcased some of Panasonic’s latest technologies, including the new ET-D3LEF70 high resolution fisheye lenses for immersive projection applications and a new technical collaboration between Panasonic and AV Stumpfl, which has resulted in the development of their Pixera media server.
The fast-paced, colourful and eye-catching show was based around projecting onto an inflatable dome structure, to show the flexibility and mapping and shaping capabilities of the kit.
The video content produced by Painting with Light illustrated the strength of Panasonic’s video technology in various sectors, from stages, live events, sporting fixtures to theatre and television and performance shows.
Five projectors covered the full inside area of the Dome’s concave roof, two more did the exterior ‘lip’ of the arch and the two dancers who wore flesh costumes which were video mapped with content from another machine positioned in front of the performance area.
Five Panasonic PT-RQ22K 20,000lm pr
UAE - ETC and its regional partner Oasis Enterprises are heading to CABSAT, held on 12-14 March at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Visitors to the trade show will have the opportunity to see ETC’s latest lighting and broadcast-friendly product range as well as demonstrations in a studio-style set up in room Hatta-G. This will include ETC’s flagship lighting control desk, Eos Ti, Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr array and ColorSource Pearl lighting fixtures.
The Eos Ti’s operating system hosts powerful magic sheets, easy-to-navigate software and the large-format multi-touch displays with a substantial programming surface. Source Four LED Series 2 Daylight HD and Tungsten HD luminaires will also be on display at the event.
In Hall 2 (C2-10) alongside Oasis Enterprises, ETC will showcase further products including an EchoTouch controller, Gio @5 console and Irideon FPZ and ColorSource CYC lighting fixtures.
High End Systems’ Road Hog 4 and the SolaFrame 750 will also be on display at CABSAT this year.
UK - Women’s Aid, the charity working against domestic abuse, is hosting a fundraising event on 6 March (Wednesday) at Skylon in London.
Supported by Women’s Aid patrons actress Julie Walters and Spice Girl Mel B, the event will include a fashion show, dinner and dance, with all proceeds going towards the charity.
Blitz will be providing event production for the evening which takes place at the Skylon Restaurant at Royal Festival Hall.
Faye Connelly, fundraising manager at Women’s Aid, comments: “We are so incredibly grateful to Blitz for all of their wonderful support: providing the production for the fashion show. This event is a dream come true for us, and without the incredible generosity of companies like Blitz it would not be a reality. Every penny raised will go towards our vital work supporting women and children to escape domestic abuse and rebuild their lives free from fear.”
Graham Pope, group commercial director at Blitz, adds: “With International Women’s Day approaching this week (8 March) it’s such an important time to show support to charities such as Women’s Aid. We are extremely proud and honoured to be providing the event production for the evening, which will no doubt be a huge success and raise not only money, but awareness to a truly important cause.”
Spain - The Cisco Live EMEA customer conference landed in Barcelona in January for a week of discussions, education and debate. Visited by 16,000 people each year, the 2019 event was once again organised by marketing agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) alongside the Cisco Live team.
Highlights included keynote speeches from leading IT pioneers and among the many super-sized elements of the event were the lighting solutions for the Keynote space and the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE) area.
Christie Lites UK was chosen to deliver a full lighting solution, including fixtures and crew for both the Keynote space and the CAE area, which took place in the striking Gran Via Convention Centre in Barcelona - one of the largest and most modern venues in Europe.
GPJ’s technical director, Mark Bannister, oversaw the realisation of the project, along with GPJ production managers John Carrs for the Keynote area, and Emma Reynolds for the CAE area.
“This was a huge project involving the specification, delivery and operation of more than 800 lighting fixtures spread over the two areas,” says Christie Lites’ UK account rep, Andy Strachan. “It’s the second year that Christie Lites UK has delivered this project and we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to work with Mark Bannister and his talented and professional GPJ technical team.
“Christie Lites provides measurably higher value through consistent focus and committed relationships, and this is what sets us apart: reliability and trust. The client simply knows it will be taken care of. P
UK - The Society of Light and Lighting is marking 25 years of its annual Young Lighter competition with a revised entry criteria.
The contest is open to anyone under 30 with an interest in lighting, with the Society set to cover flight and accommodation costs for overseas candidates attending the finals and the awards, taking place during LuxLive this November. Deadline for entries is 10 May. The winner will be named SLL Young Lighter 2019 and receive a cash prize of £1,000.
Iain Carlile, SLL president and senior associate at dpa lighting consultants, comments: “It’s always great to see the next generation of lighting professionals demonstrate their talent and passion for lighting, be that through the presentation of novel project application, social study, technological development, lighting research or any other lighting related topic. I very much look forward to seeing who will be awarded SLL Young Lighter 2019.”
SLL immediate past president and marketing and applications director for Thorlux Lighting, Richard Caple comments: “This year, in its 25th year, the SLL wish to widen the boundaries of the competition giving more young people the opportunity to enter and demonstrate their knowledge, creativity and capabilities.”
Entrants need to provide six introductory slides in the first stage of the competition.
In stage two, entrants will be shortlisted and asked to elaborate on their entry via a prototype, a video, a written paper or a presentation. Entrants will also need to submit a short piece to camera, demonstrating their
UK - PLASA has announced it’s hosting its Annual General Meeting and Members' Day on 1 May at the Royal College of Physicians in London.
The daytime event enables PLASA members to network and soak up the latest industry developments.
Roger Martin-Fagg, an economist and business strategist, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker. He will discuss Brexit and its potential impact on businesses in the UK and abroad.
PLASA members from an array of sectors and special interest groups will also be speaking at the event, whilst attendees will see presentations on the Association’s recent activities. There will also be Q&A opportunities with the PLASA executive staff and board.
The 2019 Members’ Day is again taking place at the Royal College of Physicians near Regent’s Park. A lunch will be served and refreshments provided throughout the day.
Peter Heath, PLASA MD, comments: “We are looking forward to returning to the Royal College of Physicians for another year, where our members, both new and old, can come together, strike up relationships and strengthen the resolve of our industry.
“With tickets selling fast, we expect to welcome even more members than last year, so why not join us as we build on the success of last year.”
Subject to availability, Early Bird tickets are £30 (plus VAT). Once they’re gone, the price increases to £45 (plus VAT). Book your ticket via pla
France - PlugFest, the annual event for lighting protocol interoperability, commenced today (Tuesday, 26 February) in Lille, with a public Ecodesign update scheduled for this Thursday.
Taking place 26-28 February at Hôtel ibis Lille Centre Gares, PlugFest welcomed lighting developers and manufacturers from across Europe, including representatives from Artistic Licence, Chauvet Professional, ChamSys, Claypaky, ETC, GLP, Robert Juliat, Swisson and TMB.
The programme is focusing on the latest protocols and standards from ESTA and ANSI, with an array of break-out sessions discussing protocols including DMX512, RDM, DALI, RDMnet, Art-Net, sACN and LLRP.
Nicky Greet, PLASA’s Membership, Skills and Technical director, comments: “We are delighted to present PlugFest 2019, alongside expert hosts Hamish Dumbreck of JESE Ltd, Peter Willis of Howard Eaton Lighting and Wayne Howell of Artistic Licence. The event is a hive of activity, with lighting professionals busy cross-testing their products with each other and learning about the very latest protocols. The team and I are looking forward to three productive and enjoyable days here in Lille.”
In a public session on Thursday, 28 February, ETC’s Adam Bennette, who represented PLASA during last year’s Ecodesign consultations with the EU, will offer insight into how the legislation is affecting the entertainment lighting industry. This session will be open even to those who don’t have a PlugFest pass - find out
South Africa - Vectorworks training, presented by Francois van der Merwe, will be hosted in March at DWR Distribution in Johannesburg.
Delegates can choose to attend the basic, intermediate or advanced training session while some individuals may prefer to be at all three.
The basic course, priced at R750, is held on 25 March and will cover fundamentals, layouts, palettes, basic tools, classes and layers.
The intermediate course, held from 26-27 March, will focus on preferences, basic Spolight, basic Renderworks and Intermediate Tools. The cost is R1 600.
The advanced training, held from 28-29 March, will cover working planes, advanced modelling and advanced Renderworks. The cost is R1 600.
Delegates are requested to supply their own desktop or laptop with Vectorworks installed and a valid ID.
UK - January and early February saw Britannia Row Productions start the year in robust, if slightly inverted fashion. “Within two weeks of the Christmas break we had three arena tours out and one of the UK’s most exciting acts, Jorja Smith playing festivals,” explains sales director Lez Dwight. “The clue is in the word ‘festivals’, no-one is playing festivals in the frosty Northern hemisphere right now, but along with Jorja at the festivals, Mumford & Sons and Phil Collins have all visited arenas in Australia and New Zealand.”
While the balmy reaches of the Antipodes are seeing most of the action, Brit Row is not neglecting the UK market. “We are supplying system and support for Cirque du Soleil’s annual visit to the Royal Albert Hall and we are already gearing up for the Brit Awards which has quite a fundamental new look this year.”
But it’s the southern hemisphere where most of the action is and it’s not all control and monitors. “Far from it,” continues Dwight. “Both of those arena tours have their own idiosyncrasies and not a little complexity. For any production manager maintaining continuity in the workflow of the show is paramount so we have shipped out more crew than you might expect to maintain that consistency.”
Josh Lloyd, who determines the principal system design for many Brit Row tours, offered this insight to Mumford & Sons as an example. “The system design for the Australia/New Zealand leg was more orthodox than what they will present in North America soon afterwards: mains and sides all L-A
UK - Yamaha Commercial Audio and London’s SW19 Studios are joining forces in mid-March to host a two-day Welcome to the World of Rivage event. Taking place on 7-8 March at SW19 Studios in Wimbledon, it comprises a free series of technical training seminars which offer professional and aspiring sound engineers an opportunity to get up close and personal with Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems.
Day 1 will focus on showcasing Rivage PM7 as the solution for reliable sound for live venue and festival engineers, sculpting audio for today’s touring bands. Yamaha product specialists and SW19 staff will be on hand to deliver an overview of the system, highlighting key features and demonstrating its applications in a rehearsal environment.
Day 2 offers opportunities for those with some experience of Rivage and/or those who want to delve deep into the system. Through a series of bookable one-on-one sessions, guests can book to spend time with a Yamaha Product specialist and a Rivage system. Content will be customised to the needs of the guest - everything from converting an existing show file through to specifying and setting up a complex system for an upcoming tour.
Participation in this event is free, but registration, which can be made here, is required.
USA - Behind the Scenes reports that Gray Matter Visual has become a Pledge-a-Service Partner by pledging to donate a percentage of their design fees to the charity. Gray Matter Visual is a lighting and production design firm working on corporate and special events, concerts, television, benefits, and more. Founded in 2010 by Brendan Gray and based in Brooklyn, New York, GMV works with clients all over the US and beyond to realise their visions.
Brendan Gray, principal designer and president, states: “I became aware of the Pledge-a-Service programme through fellow designer (and friend) Herrick Goldman's involvement. Joining sounded like a great idea, but one that sat on the back burner for a while. The recent sudden loss of a friend and colleague prompted me to take action. I hope that other designers and business owners will follow suit and support this worthy cause."
Rick Rudolph, the chair of Behind the Scenes, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Gray Matter Visual as a Pledge-a-Service Partner. It is so important to us to have the design community involved in our efforts. Designers, by the very nature of their work, come into contact with so many industry members that they can be enormously helpful in spreading the word that help is available to those in need. We thank Brendan and his team for their wonderful commitment.”
The Behind the Scenes charity provides entertainment technology professionals who are seriously ill or injured with grants that may be used for basic living and medical expenses.
UK - Edinburgh Castle and the medieval Old Town offered a magnificent backdrop to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration for thousands of revellers who welcomed the new year immersed in a city centre-wide high quality pro audio installation.
In collaboration with the sound designer Dan Jones, Catalyst Event Production Services was tasked with specifying, installing and operating a sound solution for much of the event that would envelope partygoers, leading them to "a complete d&b audiotechnik loudspeaker, amplification and R1 control software solution".
UK-based live entertainment company Underbelly, which has produced the event on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council since 2017, bills Edinburgh’s Hogmanay as “one of the biggest celebrations in the world”. The famed Street Party showcased Scottish and European musicians, street theatre artists, dancers, choirs and aerialists, while the midnight firework display was set to a specially-commissioned track by German band Meute.
The team split the designated party areas of the city into four ‘arenas’. Within each of these PA towers were constructed, spaced at 20m intervals. In total, 22 towers were built, each carrying arrays of d&b loudspeakers consisting of two Y8, one Y12 and a Y-SUB, along with two Y10P for near-fill.
There were further systems deployed on The Mound, where six towers were erected. Each tower consisted of arrays of three T10, one Q-SUB and two T10 near-fill. An additional system made up of eight Y8 and two Y-SUBs provided further fill coverage. Amplification w