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optocoreOptocore and Broaman collaborate at ISE
Friday, 15 February 2019

The Netherlands - German fibre network associates Optocore and BroaMan combined their resources at the recent ISE 2019 expo in Amsterdam as part of the portfolio of brands distributed in the Benelux by the Ampco Flashlight Group.
The stand was busy as it was visited by both recognised customers from the integration, event and broadcast sectors as well as newcomers seeking further information.
Optocore showcased its new Festival Box, reporting high interest from both distributors and rental companies. The Festival Box allows all protocols to tunnel over the same fibre, with hot-swappable SFP optical module transceivers providing different conversion options to add massive savings in time and cabling to multi-act festival bills.
As applications engineering manager, Maciek Janiszewski says: “While festival sound engineers can transport whatever signal protocol their console supports via just a single duplex fibre, the value of the device does not stop there. It has also become a reliable backbone for multiple signals without the complex and time-consuming set-up. In particular, our RJ45 SFP transceiver is something very special, as it allows multiple Ethernet-based protocols to run independently on the same fibre.
“We were able to demonstrate to the tremendous benefits of time and cabling economy between FOH and the stage in a variety of situations.”
As for BroaMan, their flagship product was the new standard version of their customisable Route66, which already exists in four versions. The platform itself provides single channel, no

bromptonBrompton Technology enjoys successful ISE
Friday, 15 February 2019

The Netherlands - ISE 2019 saw LED video processor manufacturer Brompton Technology showcase its new Tessera Processor Software for the 4K SX40 processor, demonstrating its enhanced feature set that follows the easy-to-use style of its intuitive user interface, as well as giving its customers a preview of its forthcoming HDR capabilities.
The SX40, Brompton Technology’s highest-ever capacity processor, offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per colour output, a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen, plus all of Tessera’s industry-leading processing features such as ChromaTune colour correction, On Screen Colour Adjustment (OSCA), and more.
By updating the SX40 to the latest software, users can now access a suite of handy new features such as Panel On Screen Display (OSD), Processor Redundancy, 90 degree rotation and Chinese language support in the user interface.
“We enjoyed a busy show last year, but the response we had to both the new software and the sneak peak of HDR at this year’s show has been very gratifying,” says Brompton’s business development manager, Rob Fowler. “Both existing and potential customers were full of praise for the additional functionality we are delivering with the free software upgrade to 2.2. Additionally, the feedback we received on our HDR system, which we will be releasing later this year, was phenomenal and generated a real buzz during the four days on the booth.”
Brompton will be revealing more information about HDR at InfoComm this coming June.

 
 
behindthescenes-charityLRLR raffle at USITT benefits BTS
Friday, 15 February 2019

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders and Behind the Scenes will host their annual fundraising raffle at the USITT Conference on 21-23 March in Louisville, KY.
This year’s raffle will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Long Reach Long Riders annual charity motorcycle ride. The Riders, who have raised over $500,000 for charity in their years of touring, will be riding 7-13 July on the Altimeter Tour through the Colorado Rockies.
The prizes, provided by generous donors, are: Grand Prize, Spotlight with Renderworks from Vectorworks; Ghostlight from Altman Rentals; American Express Gift Card from Barbizon; Prostar 300lb capacity 115V, 10ft lift with chain bag from CM-ET; Event Safety Summit 2019 Registration from the Event Safety Alliance; Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother from IA Stage; Stagehands Dream Kit from Monkey Wrench Productions; $250 Gift Certificate to musson.com from Musson Theatrical; $250 Gift Certificate from Sapsis Rigging; and a USITT 2019 Full Conference Registration from USITT.
Tickets for the raffle are an affordable $5 each or five for $20 and can be purchased at the Behind the Scenes' stand throughout the show. Winning tickets for nine regular prizes and one grand prize will be drawn at 1pm on Saturday, the final day of Stage Expo.
This year sees the introduction of the BTS Student Doubler, designed to double a student’s chances of winning. It’s a great way for companies to support the charity, get more prizes into the hands of students, and introduce your company to the next generatio

 
widLight Fantastic package for Women in Data
Friday, 15 February 2019

UK - Attracting over 1000 attendees, the Women in Data conference features addresses from high-profile speakers plus a range of supporting events. Held within the grand surroundings of Central Hall Westminster, London, the event included presentations, development sessions and an exhibition, designed to inspire the WiD community.
Technical production specialists LFPS collaborated closely with the client and production manager Dave Parker to design the look and feel of the entire event.
Providing a complete production package covering both equipment and logistics, LFPS supplied lighting, audio, video, rigging and staging. Working to precise schedules beginning with a 6pm time slot for overnight load-in and build, the team were ready for rehearsal at 6am, with everything in place ready for doors open at 9am.
Commenting on working with LFPS, WiD co-founder Roisin McCarthy says, “The incredible team at LFPS worked tirelessly to bring to life our vision for WiD UK. The production quality and efficiency was truly remarkable. LFPS filled us with huge confidence from our first meeting, we simply could not have made WiD 2018 a success without their work.”
Transforming the elaborate hall with bold colours and a spectacular, branded stage set, the team created a contemporary look that contrasted perfectly against the ornate interior décor of the iconic venue. Designed in-house and constructed by the LFPS fabrication department, the set featured a variety of branded scenic elements including the giant 3D ‘W’ logo that swept across the entire stag

 
 
saudi-golf-33-1CT delivers for inaugural Saudi golf tournament
Friday, 15 February 2019

Saudi Arabia - Golf’s European Tour made history this year when it took its tournament to Saudi Arabi for the first time in its 47 years. The event took place at the Royal Greens golf course in King Abdullah Economic City on 31 January and ran until 3 February.
Creative Technology (CT) were on hand to deliver all video aspects of this event on behalf of clients European Tour and IMG.
CT’s head of sport, Steven Purkess explains: “CT was contracted to design, engineer and fabricate eight bespoke LED structures, a big departure from the standard scaffold support structures traditionally used at golf events.
“The complete design and engineering service provided by CT not only included the design for each LED structure but also the foundations. The physical structure fabrication process was split across the CT group, and once delivered to site CT also installed and then subsequently de-rigged each structure.”
The eight bespoke LED structures were strategically placed to ensure spectators could follow the event no matter where they were. The structures consisted of six 9sqm outdoor leaderboard screens which were located around the course and two 18sqm outdoor video/scoreboard screens which were located on the first tee and 18th green.
Purkess adds: “We selected the 5mm high end black face outdoor LED as it gave the best resolution for the 3m x 3m Leaderboards. It is a great product and ideal for outdoor viewing in direct sunlight.”
CT was involved in developing the concept for the leaderboard / scoreboard structures and

 
shceohmg-1Production AV to demo disguise/Agile integration at EPS
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - Video solutions specialist Production AV will be on Stand I2E at the Event Production Show at London Olympia on 26 and 27 February to showcase the Agile Arc Lite PTZ camera integration solution from leading media server company disguise. Based in Cheltenham, Production AV has been at the forefront of AV innovation for 14 years. It is inviting visitors to get hands-on with the new disguise and Agile kit at the show.
In February, disguise launched the latest version of its award-winning software, used to design, sequence and control live shows and experiences. Version r15.2 now includes integrations with Agile Remote Cameras’ range of PTZ cameras, enabling live video feeds from the discreet PTZ cameras to be used as part of the visuals on impressive live events.
“We’re thrilled to demo just what disguise’s new Agile integration protocol can do in a real-world scenario to enhance the video capabilities for a whole range of events,” says Production AV founder, Pete McCrea. “The latest r15.2 software release brings full control over so many features, such as recording pan, tilt and zoom information as a preset, and it can all be adjusted from the software interface. It really is special.”
Also on Production AV’s stand will be Desay’s X2.6i 2.6mm indoor LED modules, which can be built in both concave and convex configurations as either a flown or ground support system. “We recently made a major investment in more than 200 Desay LED modules and in doing so we now have a significantly higher resolution LED option, which p

 
 
pearcehire-and-eeaec-managementl-rdeanreesshaunpearcejasonlunnceast-of-england-arena--events-centrePearce Hire collaborates with major UK arena
Tuesday, 12 February 2019

UK - East of England Arena Events Centre (EEAEC) has announced a collaboration with Pearce Hire. The EEAEC is one of the UK’s top event venues, hosting over 300 events, conferences and meetings a year. The multi-purpose events complex sboasts over 9,000sq.m of indoor space and over 250 acres of outside space. With significant and ongoing investment in the venue and its infrastructure, the venue has appointed Pearce Hire as a preferred contractor working throughout the complex.
“With our HQ based in Peterborough we are ideally placed geographically to offer an outstanding level of service and support to the venue, to the organisers putting on events at the venue, and to the exhibitors at all the major trade and consumer exhibitions which take place here throughout the year,” observes Shaun Pearce, managing director, Pearce Hire.
“Having provided services for many years to the EEAEC, we are familiar with the venue, and understand the requirements of many of their regular event organisers coming through the doors year on year. We are delighted to have now stepped onto a more significant footing and to be linked more closely with the venue.”
Jason Lunn, venue director for EEAEC, explains: “Pearce Hire and EEAEC share the same goal to provide the best services possible to our customers. We consider Pearce Hire’s overall production services to be a faultless and wide-ranging offer. We note with pride that the touring productions which come into our venue always rate them very highly.”
(Jim Evans)

 
christie-d4k40-rgbISE: Christie debuts MicroTiles developments
Friday, 1 February 2019

The Netherlands - Building on its expertise, Christie continues to deliver end-to-end solutions for visual experiences coupled with service and support.
For the first time, stand visitors will experience the new Christie MicroTiles. The Christie D4K40-RGB pure laser 3DLP projector will make its European debut at ISE.
The Christie APS Series, launched in January, is being shown for the first time at a public show. The new 3LCD laser projector will be located in Zone 8. Featuring an efficient laser illumination system and patented optical light path design that uses only one motor, the APS Series provides up to 20,000 hours of reliable, maintenance-free operation at an extremely low cost of ownership.
Christie has partnered with Da-Lite, which will provide the screens for the Christie stand while both the LANG AG and SDVoE stands are demonstrating interoperability with Christie Terra, and other SDVoE-member products, to demonstrate a flexible AV over IP system.
Arlonna Seymour, senior director, corporate marketing, Christie, comments: “At ISE 2019, the focus for Christie will be our leadership role as a full system support partner. It is not just about the technology itself, but more about our relationships and expertise in delivering the right solution for our customers. The theme ‘Let’s imagine, together we make it extraordinary’ expresses this collaboration, with Christie working together with our customers, our partners, and our vendors to bring to life extraordinary experiences.”
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ocaISE: OCA Alliance promotes AES70 standard
Friday, 1 February 2019

The Netherlands - OCA Alliance, the AV trade association formed to promote awareness, implementation and development of the AES70 open network control standard, is once again fulfilling its mission at ISE, supporting the release of the latest revision of the standard.
The result of several years of collaborative work within the OCA Alliance and the AES, AES70-2018 is an evolutionary upgrade to the original AES70-2015 standard. The revision provides a number of new and improved features
The new standards documents are available from the AES Standards site. Links to the relevant AES pages are on the Developer Resources page of OCA Alliance Technical Site, while more details on the 2018 changes may be found on the OCA Alliance website.
Key to the OCA Alliance’s mission is supporting developers become more familiar with the AES70 standard, providing assistance in its implementation. The alliance extends that activity this year, producing and providing additional new tools and support resources free to the industry.
Particularly useful should be OCTT, an open-source tool for testing devices' conformance to the minimum AES70 implementation specification, defined in Part 2 of the AES70 standard. While not a full-blown formal test suite, OCTT is a Windows-based programmer's tool, intended to confirm that devices under development fulfil the minimum requirements for AES70 compliance.
The OCA Alliance Technical Committee is now operating a public discussion list for AES70. Anyone can post to the list; alliance membership is not required. Questio

 
la26ISE: Next-proaudio debuts compact array
Thursday, 31 January 2019

The Netherlands - Next-proaudio has announced the launch of LA26, a compact modular line source with a long throw capability.
The LA26 is a two-way, full range passive line array cabinet housing two 6.5" neodymium flat diaphragm drivers located in the side walls of the HF Oblate Spheroidal Waveguide, a 2" diaphragm HF neodymium driver and a passive network crossover presenting a nominal input impedance of 16Ω. A fast and easy three-point auto-locking rigging mechanism is integrated for easy build of ground stacked or flown systems.
The new technology waveguide and co-planar transducer configuration, generates precisely coherent wavefronts uniformly spread in the horizontal plane (105°) and precisely coupled in the vertical plane without sacrificing HF presence in the far field, further eliminating the low-mid lobbing normally associated with two-way line source systems. According to the manufacturer, the main goal is to improve the audience coverage by “the unrivalled dispersion control and smooth even sound radiation pattern”.
Measuring 498.5mm (19.6in) wide and weighting only 15kg, the product’s elegant lines and flush-fitted rigging allow it to fit into any architecture, making it a natural element for installations in concert halls, theatres, and special venues demanding minimum visual obstruction. The LA26 can also be used as touring sound reinforcement for small and medium-size venues.
“Our new LA26 is the smallest and lightest in the LA series keeping the elegance of LA Family,” explains Antonio Correia, R&D manager at

 
 
mondrian-beach-hotel-1Miami Beach hotels upgrade with Martin Audio
Tuesday, 29 January 2019

USA - Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) has upgraded the pool deck sound systems for two Miami Beach luxury hotels, the Mondrian South Beach and Shelborne South Beach, with Martin Audio CDD systems.
Discussing the projects, AVLI’s James Reed reports: “With the Mondrian South Beach pool deck, which faces the bay, we had to solve the problem of noise reflecting off nearby neighbouring residences. The hotel’s original sound system was somewhat underpowered and they were getting a lot of noise complaints from neighbours because the DJ would take a speaker and try to blast it across the pool, which caused all kinds of problems.
“So they called us in to solve the offsite noise problem, which we did very effectively by installing 10 CDD10-WR’s per side on the column system encircling the pool that supports the awning. We positioned each speaker on a column above a decorative planter about six feet above the ground, facing each other in a half moon shape all the way around the pool.”
In terms of the Art Deco Shelborne South Beach, the AVLI pool deck renovation involved an upgrade to replace a six-year-old system that had deteriorated because of the salt air from the oceanside location.
As Reed points out: “We designed a system that would allow the hotel to have elevated audio without renting additional equipment. The system consists of 14 CDD8-WR’s mounted around a long rectangular pool with cabanas on the north side and lounge chairs and a wall on the south side with seven speakers per side that mirror each other across the po

 
adjADJ hosts pre-NAMM open house
Monday, 28 January 2019

USA - Ahead of last week’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, the ADJ group of companies opened its LA-based global headquarters for a dealer event on 23 January. With lighting and sound demos, hands-on product training as well as a free lunch, the event offered ADJ customers an exclusive preview of the new products to be launched at NAMM and also allowed the company to show appreciation to its hard-working in-house staff and on-the-road sales team.
Visitors had the opportunity to see seven new ADJ products before they were officially unveiled at NAMM as well as receive an introduction to ADJ Group’s recently acquired Eliminator Lighing series. An audio demo space was also setup to allow customers to hear the brand new Avante Audio AS8 compact column speaker system and the innovative new Imperio versatile mini array system.
A new lightshow was also unveiled at the company’s in-house showroom, programmed by new showroom manager Jake Rhodes, who took on the role during 2018.
“Our pre-NAMM open house was a great opportunity to meet our valued customers right at the start of another year,” comments ADJ USA’s national sales manager, Alfred Gonzales. “It not only allowed them the opportunity to be the first to see our new products but it also gave them quality time with their sales reps and the chance to establish relationships with other members of our in-house team. I’d like to thank everyone who attended the event for investing their time to visit with us, and also the ADJ team for their continued hard work. 2019 is going to be an awesome year.”<

 
 
typhoon-box-co-rgb-hiER unleashes CO2-free confetti blower
Friday, 25 January 2019

Europe - Typhoon is ER’s newest product, a CO2-free confetti blower designed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emitted in the industry.
Typhoon is not only a ‘greener’ product but is compact, stackable, easy to control, adjustable and versatile, says the company.
Typhoon’s adaptable design allows it to not only be rigged on top of truss but also flown, allowing for huge confetti hits at large-scale events. Typhoon works via a set of powerful but silent fans, which push confetti out through a specially-designed tunnel, and a controllable-hopper evenly distributes it.
David Holmes, ER’s technical manager who designed Typhoon, comments: “I love the finished product. The brief from ER’s co-founder and director, Ryan Hagan, was to build a confetti blower that would be able to run on electricity, without using the harmful greenhouse gas, and we have done exactly that.
“Other models on the market are cumbersome and don’t have the ability to be flown. Typhoon gives designers more flexibility to create something really amazing at their shows.”
Typhoon is constructed with an aluminium frame with steel panels and weighs 90kg, and the voltage is 200 to 270 or 50/60hz. It holds 10kg of confetti and can be adjusted to how much and how far you want the confetti to be distributed, enabling vast coverage across an audience.
ER debuted the CO2-free confetti blower at the 2018 Ozzfest at the LA Forum, where units were positioned on a U-shaped truss over the audience, creating a snow blizzard effect during carefully-planned

 
nexo-m12Nexo unveils Geo M12 at NAMM
Friday, 25 January 2019

USA - This month’s NAMM Show is the first public outing for Nexo’s new Geo M12 line array, a flagship addition to the successful Geo M family of sound reinforcement systems by the French manufacturer. ‘The Big Twelve’, as Nexo calls the kit, will make its performing debut on the NAMM Yamaha Grand Plaza Stage in Anaheim.
Sharing the same aesthetic design and sonic signatures as the other models in the Geo M Series, the Geo M12 offers ‘flexibility, coverage and superb sonic performance in a thoroughly modern package’. Launched together with the MSUB18 companion subbass cabinet, the Geo M12 is aimed primarily at the mid-size rental company, although its competitive pricing will make it a popular investment for all types of user, from corporate presentation to live performance venues to houses of worship, says the company.
“The Big Twelve is a logical complement to our M Series range,” explains Nexo sales director Denis Baudier, “it is packed with design features that we premiered on the Geo M10, and also benefits from patented technological and structural innovations that derive from our flagship STM Series modular line array.”
Geo M12 is more powerful than Nexo’s earlier 12” line array cabinet, the Geo S12, which remains in the catalogue. Launched in 2007, nearly 40,000 Geo S12 boxes have been sold to date, with the specialist long-throw S12-ST version becoming a common sight in large sporting stadia and arena around the world. “S12 is a typically hard-working Nexo product, but 10 years on, we are now releasing a 12” cabine

 
 
chordChord Electronics to make its NAMM debut
Wednesday, 23 January 2019

UK - Chord Electronics will be making its NAMM show debut this week as it celebrates 30 years of UK audio manufacturing in consumer and pro audio.
The Kent-based company will bring several of its DAC/headphone amplifiers to NAMM, with the company’s senior team, including owner, MD and chief designer, John Franks, in attendance.
The company, which has exclusively designed, engineered and manufactured in Great Britain since its formation in 1989, produces a range of proprietary-technology high-performance digital and analogue audio products, which are active in a number of leading studios and production facilities around the world, including Abbey Road, Metropolis Studios, Air Studios and Sony Music.
Chord Electronics’ stand 10627 will feature a number of critically acclaimed devices: the portable Mojo DAC/headphone amplifier, transportable Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp and the recently launched desktop Hugo TT2 DAC/headphone amp/preamp.
(Jim Evans)

 
ac-et-showcases-studio-and-architectural-solutions-at-ise-2019-pressISE: AC-ET showcases Chroma-Q solutions
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Netherlands - A.C. Entertainment Technologies will be showcasing a range of Chroma-Q studio and architectural solutions in Amsterdam.
On show will be the Chroma-Q Space Force LED space light, which provides powerful yet soft lighting and has been adopted for a number of sets and major TV Studios. Also designed specifically for Film & TV, Chroma-Q Studio Force II high intensity tuneable white LED wash light will be making its ISE show debut. This fixture produces a smooth uniform wash from homogenised optics, with the ability to produce deep saturated colours.
Providing inspiration for the architectural and installation market is the Chroma-Q Inspire range of LED house lights. These versatile fixtures have been fitted in a multitude of venues to create an immersive experience.
The Chroma-Q Color Force II will also be on show to demonstrate stunning colour blending for grazing a variety of interior surfaces.
All fixtures on the stand will be controlled using the Vista 3 by Chroma-Q lighting & media platform.
Also represented on the stand is the Tourflex Cabling service – a manufacturer and supplier of a full range of bespoke cables for Signal, Data, Lighting, Audio, Video and Rigging applications.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
polarisISE: Absen to celebrate export milestone
Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The Netherlands - Marking its 10th year as a major LED exhibitor at ISE, Absen will celebrate its 10th straight year as ta leading Chinese export brand for LED displays. In Amsterdam, ISE attendees will experience Absen’s largest ever stand, covering an impressive 264sqm.
This year, Absen will focus on the Fine Pixel Generation - the company’s new line of narrow pixel pitch displays. During ISE, Absen will launch a number of indoor and outdoor LED solutions that are sure to satisfy all manners of fixed installation, rental & staging, control room and corporate applications.
The company will also showcase its latest LED solutions for retail, live events and entertainment, as well as OOH and sports venues. This inventory will include the successful Polaris and N-Plus ranges; ensuring that the company’s regional partners and global BUs are up-to-date on Absen’s full LED solution offerings.
Lastly, Absen is also due to partner with a number of leading providers within its ISE booth and beyond. The company will use PIXERA media servers from AV Stumpfl on its LED displays, as well as collaborating with Green Hippo / Notch on an interactive LED archway. Absen will also enjoy product sponsorship placements with Peerless-AV and RAI Amsterdam itself.
(Jim Evans)

 
question-session-2019Question Session returns to Glasgow
Monday, 21 January 2019

UK - Question Session will return with a full programme across two Glasgow city centre venues on 8 February. The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane will host this year’s daytime conference, followed by a live music event at The Old Hairdressers on Renfield Lane.
Now in its fourth year, this free conference offers a comprehensive, tailored programme of workshops, seminars and panels featuring prominent professionals from all areas of the music industry.
Focused on innovation, education and exploring current issues, Question Session 2019 is organised by music business students of New College Lanarkshire to enable delegates to connect, share knowledge and create new opportunities with established industry practitioners; initiating discussion, and exposing new talent.
Topics for Question Session 2019 panels and seminars will include the following: Releasing your music; Nurturing new talent; Working as a recording engineer; Promoting your event; Mental health in music.
The first series of intimate workshops will include hands-on experience in: Introduction to modular synthesis with Rub-a-Dub; Promoting your music successfully; Resolving legal issues pertaining to the music industry.
The following participants will be in attendance, plus many more prominent names: Ableton; Sub Pop Records; DF Concerts – Chris Beltran; Help Musicians UK; Pledge Music; Scottish Music Industry Association; Creative Scotland.
Question Session is a superb networking event and platform for anyone interested in a career in the music industry,” s

 
 
wirelessProfessional Wireless training at NAMM
Friday, 18 January 2019

USA - Wireless touring professional Ike Zimbel will provide introduction and training for both Professional Wireless IAS software and the Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system during AES@NAMM. The one-hour training sessions will be held at the Anaheim Hilton Hotel’s NAMM U Education Centre, adjacent to a brand-new pro-audio exhibit space. The RAD and IAS sessions will take place on Thursday 24 January and Saturday 26 January at the Anaheim Hilton.
Professional Wireless’ Intermodulation Analysis System (IAS) software is the industry standard frequency coordination software that has been used on every major sporting and broadcast event since its inception. Radio Active Designs UV-1G wireless intercom system operates primarily in the VHF band clearing valuable UHF bandwidth for other systems.
Zimbel will demonstrate the system from base station to belt pack. Topics covered will include Analog RF transmission scheme, best practices for set-up and deployment, using the GUI to program bases and belts, "Scene" memory in belt packs and why the UV-1G makes the most sense for your intercom inventory.
“Available UHF bandwidth is being reduced to just (at most) 150MHz making spectral efficiency of paramount importance,” adds Zimbel. “With the very small footprint of the UV-1G UHF transmit frequencies and the fact that the belt packs operate in the relatively open VHF band (also with a very small RF footprint), the UV-1G is the best choice for large intercom intensive events, small "dry hire" rentals and everything in between.”
Zi

 
highliteISE: Highlite International promotes new solutions
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - Highlite International BV will be present during Integrated Systems Europe 2019, hall 7, stand Y190. At the Highlite stand various installation solutions from DAP Audio, visuals from DMT Premiere LED screens, effect lighting from Showtec and Infinity with the Furion and Signature series will be showcased.
DAP Audio supplies an array of installation mixers equipped for zone control with multiple inputs. Amplifiers, like the analogue HP-series, the digital QI-Series or the 100V PA- or ZA-series offer possibilities for multi-roomed venues. In combination with the Celestion-powered new XI-MKII installation speaker series are ideal for fixed installations.
Infinity will show the Furion Series, very fast and powerful LED-based moving heads, equipped with Wireless DMX. The Infinity washlight iW-720, the pixel controlled washlight iW-1915 Pixel RGBW Wash and the Infinity Chimp light controller will also be on show along with the Infinity Signature LED based theatre spots, a Robert Juliat collaboration.
DMT Premiere LED screens with pixel pitches ranging from 5.9mm to 2.9mm will also feature.
Showtec offers a very powerful outdoor wash - the IP65 rated Showtec Helix S5000 Q4 with 40 Prolight Opto RGBW 4-in-1 10W LEDs and WDMX. WDMX is also present in the Showtec Eventspot 1600Q4, a very interesting battery light with up to 15 hours battery lifetime per charge.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
ISE: Kramer delivers the IT factor
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - At this year's ISE show in Amsterdam, Kramer Electronics will its software-centric ecosystem, management solutions, intuitive meeting space automation, elevated audio and connectivity solutions, and more.
Kramer Platforms consist of hardware devices that are software-driven so one box serves multiple functions. It’s an innovative new way to lead AV designs with software and maximizing return on investment and customization options. With Kramer Platforms, AV professionals can combine best-in-class solutions, such as Kramer’s VIA collaboration system with a Kramer Control brain.
On display at ISE will be next-generation Kramer Control, a code-free, cloud-based control platform.
Kramer Network 3.0, an enterprise management platform enables IT/AV professionals to easily configure and manage their entire Kramer product range, Dante devices and third-party devices from anywhere in the world.
Kramer is investing heavily in sharing UX best practices in the AV industry. At ISE, the company will discuss how UX is a catalyst for new technologies.
Kramer will also carry out AVoIP and Kramer Control courses through its Kramer Academy at the show.
(Jim Evans)

 
boseprofessionalpowersharedanteampsISE: Bose extends PowerShare range
Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The Netherlands - Bose Professional is expanding its line of PowerShare adaptable power amplifiers with two new models: the Dante-integrated PS404D and PS604D, joining the recently introduced models with AmpLink connectivity, the PS404A and PS604A.
With the release of PowerShare adaptable power amplifiers in 2016, Bose Professional armed installers with a powerful new advantage - the freedom to put amplifier power where it’s needed and waste less of an amplifier’s drive potential where it’s not. “The notion of a multi-channel amplifier that breaks free from the fixed-power-per-channel architecture has been well received,” reports Bose amplifier product line manager Ashraf Elghamrawi. “Integrators told us that ‘power-sharing’ makes their projects more responsive, and they asked for digital input options for even more flexibility.” Answering the call, Bose Professional has added these four new digital models.
The new PS404D (400 watts divisible into 4 channels) and PS604D (600 watts divisible into 4 channels) PowerShare amplifiers feature integrated Dante audio networking for increased connectivity flexibility, while giving installers the freedom to place the amplifier away from the source. The recently introduced PS404A and PS604A offer AmpLink connectivity. AmpLink is Bose Pro’s in-rack Cat 5/6 digital audio distribution solution and is supported in their latest DSP units. The Dante models allow mixed inputs using either digital or onboard analogue audio connections.
(Jim Evans)

 
 
all-about-eveA happy new theatre year for White Light
Tuesday, 15 January 2019

UK - White Light is welcoming in 2019 by supplying a range of theatre shows in London’s West End as well as touring productions across the country.
Over the course of 2018, WL supplied the lighting for a variety of hit shows including the critically-acclaimed Company, The Inheritance, Young Frankenstein, The Jungle, The Pinter Season, The King and I, True West and the Oscar Wilde season. The company also continued to supply long-running hits including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Matilda, Aladdin, Tina The Musical, 42nd Street and Les Misérables.
WL’s MD Bryan Raven comments: “We had a fantastic 2018 which was one of our busiest yet. As we progress into 2019, we have hit the ground running and are looking to repeat the success of last year. Our expert Customer Service teams continue to work with designers, both established and emerging to help achieve their vision”.
In January alone, WL has supplied the lighting for Songs for Nobodies at the Ambassadors Theatre; with the company providing the lights for every single show at the venue last year. Over the next few weeks, WL will also supply All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre, The American Clock at the Old Vic and The Price at the Wyndham’s.
Away from the West End, WL is also supplying a range of tours. Shows that have loaded out this month so far include Rain Man, The Lady Vanishes, Abigail’s Party, Wise Children, Ghost, Art and Avenue Q.
The company is also supplying shows within London’s OffWestE

 
hsl-qdos-2018-peter-pan-birmingham-pet211636317Bumper panto season for HSL
Monday, 14 January 2019

UK - Lighting and visuals rental specialist HSL supplied lighting equipment to 32 Qdos pantomime productions across the UK for their 2018-19 season, together with a full rigging – truss and motors package – plus Kinesys automation for Cinderella at Glasgow’s SEC.
Lighting the colourful fantasy environments that characterise this genre of comedic melodrama is huge fun for lighting designers, and this year HSL worked with 17 LDs and liaised with 25 production LX’s who made it happen on the various sites which included Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London.
HSL’s 2018 panto team was led by Jordan Hanson, assisted by Emma Turner, and included account handlers Sean McGlone and Mark Shakeshaft, all well-known for their multi-tasking and number-crunching abilities.
Jordan comments: “Fluid communication, having a cool head for logistics and being organised about the prep is essential. Ensuring the whole team is onboard from the start and in touch and in tune with each other and the overall picture at all times is also key. Qdos has incredibly high standards, and we enjoy rising to the challenge each year”.
Glasgow is typically the largest show in terms of production and venue size and this year lighting was designed by Tim Oliver.
Other key ones were Snow White at the London Palladium, Peter Pan in Birmingham and Goldilocks in Newcastle, all lit by Ben Cracknell, together with Edinburgh’s Beauty & The Beast and Aladdin in Bradford with lighting designed by Matt Clutterham. Ben also l

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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