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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Germany - Doughty's Lightweight Lighting Stand will make its Prolight & Sound debut this year. Visitors to Hall 3.0 stand E11 can see the new stand, which is currently in prototype format and takes the principles of a Tank Trap but packages them into a neater, more aesthetically pleasing model.
Dan Phillips, project sales co-ordinator at Doughty, comments: "The new Lightweight Lighting Stand comprises a flat, round plate and slim tube, slotted at each end to allow cables to run unseen inside it. A 28mm receiver is incorporated in the top of the stand which will take an industry standard 28mm spigot. When used in conjunction with a spigot adapter, the stand can also be used to hold small speakers. This robust piece of kit has a sleeker appearance than the standard Tank Trap and comes with a stacking slot which allows for the stands to be stacked together as well as a carry handle. We're delighted to be bringing this prototype to Frankfurt to get feedback from everyone who attends."
The Three Position Tank Trap will also feature on this year's stand. Following its debut in 2017, it went on to win the ABTT Engineering Product of the Year. This piece of kit enables rigging to be built close to a wall, in the corner of a room or near to an obstruction. It has a detachable receiver suitable for 48mm barrel, which may be fitted to any of the three mounting points, which are located in the centre as per a standard tank trap, at the edge and in the corner.
In addition the Tank Trap Trolley will receive its Frankfurt debut. Designed by Doughty as a result

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

Germany - BroadWeigh is set to unveil “exciting new pieces of kit” at this year's Prolight and Sound in Frankfurt including the TwistLink, updated Wind Speed Sensor and a new advanced handheld.
With five of the company's product partners from across Europe taking stands at the show, Jonathan Purdue says Prolight + Sound is a good place to debut new products before a truly international audience.
"We've been attending the show for some years now and we are always impressed by the turnout and the number of leads that come our way as a result of the networking opportunities it affords us. This year we'll have a presence on the stands of AC-ET (Hall 3.0, Stand F65), Hof Alutec (Hall 3.0, Stand A44), Scanrig (Hall 3.0, StandF33) and SONOSS and Louis Reyners (Hall 3.0, Stand D18) who are exhibiting together, and I will be making appointments with customers and potential new clients as well as demonstrating our new products over the duration of the show."
The TwistLink, which will be available to customers in Quarter 2, is a piece of kit that allows a 4.75 tonne BroadWeigh shackle to be connected to a 3.25 tonne or 4.75 tonne shackle without having to mess around with the pin, nut and Rclip. It has holes at 90 degrees to minimise potential torsion loading in the load pin and to maintain accurate measurement and also conforms to the European Machinery Directive. Jonathan commented: "The TwistLink will be sold as a complete system with a shackle, will be easy to install and is the perfect piece of kit for temporary installations.”
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isceIncreased attendance at successful ISCEx 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

nwrsRigging symposium exceeds expectations
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

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

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

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

teenageHarman supports Teenage Cancer Trust concerts
Monday, 26 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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