UK - Fuzion plc will be showing new additions to the WORK WPL Series of loudspeakers at PLASA 2003. Designed to exacting standards to produce a high quality acoustic response in an attractive, compact, ABS injection-moulded cabinet, the product represents top-class audio engineering.
The WPL Series is also conceived with a host of features to suit a variety of applications. They can be flown, while their trapezoidal shape also facilitates clustering. With their interlocking feet, stacking is also straightforward - while at the same time the integrated handles make them highly portable.
WPL products come in both passive and powered versions and models on show include the WPL 1 (12in + 1in 350W RMS passive); WPL1A (the bi-amp active version); WPL5 (15in + 1in 500W RMS passive) and WPL5A (the active equivalent).
WORK can be found on the Fuzion stand at PLASA, F60.
UK / USA - UK exhibitors, facility owners and customers attending this year's 115th AES Convention in New York, are being invited to a special reception hosted by the British Consul General and the APRS. The event, which takes place on Thursday 9 October (6.30pm - 8.30pm), will be open to all UK companies attending at the Convention, not just APRS members.
The aim of the reception is to provide an opportunity for UK companies and their suppliers and customers in the US to meet and network before the show starts the following day. Companies who would like their US customers to sample British hospitality are invited to send names and contact details to APRS executive director, Peter Filleul, at the e-mail address below, so that personal invitations from the New York British Trade Consul can be issued. All customer contacts will be held in strictest confidence by the APRS.
The APRS is also keen to make UK exhibitors aware that the rules for eligibility for Government SESA grants have changed. These changes should be beneficial, as they will allow a number of previously ineligible companies to receive support. SESA grants provide 60% of stand costs up to a maximum of £2,300 (subject to a management charge). For further information contact Colin Holdsworth on 020 8866 6230 or use the e-mail address below.
Austria - Organizers of the Wiener Festwochen selected Chameleon's German distributor, Alex Schloesser GmbH, to supply the sound system for this annual open-air event, staged in the city of Vienna. Attended by 25,000 people, the concert was broadcast live on ORF and 3SAT TV/satellite stations.
Utilizing the historic Vienna City Hall as a backdrop, performers are drawn from the worlds of classical, traditional and contemporary music, and span mainstream rock bands to opera singers, a brass ensemble and a philharmonic orchestra. "The organizers specified that the system must be able to handle all the different styles of music and, above all, deliver a combination of power and clarity," says Schloesser. "Following a brief from local sound designer, Adolf Togel, I supplied an Adamson Y-Axis 18 line array for the main PA and an Adamson RA system for the delay. The monitoring was handled by Apogee FS2s, AE4Ms and AE3Ms, plus some Radian Microwedges."
Powering the entire rig were 64 Chameleon amplifiers - 40 3500 DP/2s and eight 2000 DP/2s for FOH, plus 16 2000 DP/2s for the monitoring. "Throughout the entire 95-minute performance, all the amps were stable, reliable and delivered a superb sound," says Schloesser.
UK - Reproduced Sound 19, organized by the Institute of Acoustics (IoA), has published a provisional programme for this year's conference, to be held at the Oxford Hotel in Wolvercote, Oxford, from Thursday 6 (main programme from Friday 7) to Saturday 8 November 2003.
The provisional programme, which can be found on the website below, promises another lively and informative weekend, in the long-standing tradition of Reproduced Sound conferences. This year, the theme is 'Exploring and Sharing Audio and Acoustics', and the topics covered include Speech Intelligibility; Perception; Room Acoustics; Audio Networks; Loudspeaker Arrays and Loudspeaker Measurements. The conference will also feature presentations from Dr DurandBergault of NASA, Floyd Toole of Harman International, Dr Wolfgang Ahnert of ADA (and EASE fame), Phil Nelson of the ISVR (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research) as well as an evening demonstration from Genelec.
Other contributors to the programme include AMS Acoustics; Arup; British Broadcasting Corporation; BSS Audio; Celestion; Delft University; Duran Audio; EAW; ISVR; JBL Professional; Listen Inc; Martin Audio; Meridian Audio; Meyer; NXT and Peter Mapp & Associates. There will also be an area demonstrating relevant products.
The Conference will also feature a joint session with the Institute of Acoustics' Autumn Conference, which immediately precedes Reproduced Sound at the same venue. The final session of the Autumn Conference on the Thursday will be on Arena & Stadium Design, including sound installation and building acoustics. As part o
Italy - Umbria-Jazz is one of the world's most famous annual international jazz festivals and is held every summer in the Umbrian region of central Italy. The audio systems to be used this year will feature Adamson speakers and Powersoft amplifiers as part of a system designed by Reference Laboratory which will be installed in the S. Giuliana Arena, the stage where some of the major international artists are performing.
The linear-array audio system will consist of 24 Adamson Y-Axis speakers, 12 per side, powered by six Digam D 4002 amplifiers. Supplementing the above will be 12 Sub Y10s (six per side) and individually powered by 12 Digam amplifiers. Front fill is provided by four Epsylon 2 12/P Reference speakers.
Robe UK highlighted the just-launched ColorSpot 1200 moving head. This is the latest addition to Robe's AT (Advanced Technology) family of moving head and colour changing fixtures. Using a powerful Phillips 1200 short arc discharge lamp light source, its brightness is further boosted by a high quality optical system. Other key features include a versatile CMY colour mixing system, variable CTO plus an additional colour wheel, 12 rotating indexable, replaceable dichroic glass gobos on two wheels, iris, four rotating prisms and effects, variable frost, a flexible 13-42 degree linear zoom, remote focus, dimmer and shutter. The fixture also has a progressive colour temperature correction system - from 5600K to 3200K - designed for use in television and film applications. Also new was the ColorMix 240 AT - a static colour changer with a 150mm fresnel lens. The 240 is a compact version of Robe's previously launched 250, and offers CMY colour mixing and a separate fast shutter for black-out and variable strobing.
Pulsar lined up a number of new products, as well as the latest image projector from Italian manufacturer, Clay Paky. Pulsar's WinLite is a PC software-based 2 preset memory desk, aimed at small theatre, school and amateur dramatics applications, but which will also serve as a useful educational tool, even without being connected to a lighting system. The 18-channel system is available free of charge and drives all Pulsar and Clay Paky digital input products with a simple cable connection. Coming soon, an optional interface will be able to generate 72 channels of DMX output.
As well as the new Masterpiece 96 (see last month's issue), Pulsar also showed its new 8 into 1 data splitter. In a neat touch, this 1U rackmount unit is reversible, exposing or hiding the connection panel, making it suitable for both touring and installation use. It will distribute digital signals from DC to 500KHz (such as DMX, PMX, RS232, RS423, RS422, RS485, etc). Signal In/Thru is provided in addition to the eight independent outputs, with all connections via 5-pin XLRs. 12-25V and 100-240V power supply compatibility gives even more flexibility.
From Clay Paky was the new Point, a 50W, 12V colour changer (via a seven-colour wheel) available in three versions: the basic Point (with mounting bracket), the Point In (recessed ceiling unit) and the Point MH (moving head version) which stands just 235mm high on a 250mm by 250mm footprint. The MH version has 360° movement on the horizontal axis, and accessories include lens kit, diffusion kit and gobo mount.
Making their debut performance and taking the star turn on d&b audiotechnik's stand at this year's show, were the identically-sized Ci60 and Ci90 cabinets. Graduating from d&b's Ci Series installation range, they are not only equipped with rotatable horns and an extensive wardrobe of flying accessories, but can be made up to colourco-ordinate. Repeat appearances were made by the versatile Ci80 and the E0 loudspeakers, both having gained critical reviews for their noise to size ratio and ease of use.
The latest generation of Matrix and distributed dimming from IES can now be controlled directly via Ethernet. The current protocols offered are those in the public domain (Artnet, ETCnet and AVAB/Transtechnik) and others will be added when manufacturers agree a common standard or to transfer proprietary protocols for public use.
Eyecolor is the latest addition to Stage Electrics' hire and sales inventory. Among the first LED moving-head fixtures available, its 18 high-power 1W LEDs offer a huge palette of rich saturated RGB colours. The microprocessor-driven, high-resolution stepper motors provide a fast, smooth and virtually silent 16-bit resolution with 650° pan by 280° tilt. The compact unit also has a forced ventilation cooling system and self-adjusting variable speed fan.
With no lamps or motor-driven colour mixing systems, maintenance is easy: the units have very low IR emission and no UV radiation, enabling them to be used close to the objects they illuminate without risk of damage. They also come with downloadable software, boast automatic head repositioning, a digital LCD display for addressing and special function settings, making them ideal for use in architectural lighting, theatre, TV studios and retail display applications.
ABTT saw the first appearance of DHA's new lower-priced, highly-featured Gobo Rotator mk 2 range. The new range is available in three models: the Junior Rotator offers stand-alone operation using M-size gobos in ETC's Source Four Jr range whilst the Twin Rotator takes one or two B-size gobos, fits in ETC Source Fours, Strand SLs, Altman Shakespeares and Selecon Pacifics and again offers stand-alone operation at any speed from 0.4 to 25rpm or using a variety of built-in 'effects' modes.
Attracting most attention, though, was the Twin DMX Rotator. This adds DMX control of rotation speed and indexing (the ability to accurately and repeatably return a gobo to a known orientation) to the features of the Twin Rotator. The Twin DMX Rotator is also easy to integrate into existing lighting rigs with its ability to run from the 24V power supplies used for Rainbow or Chroma-Q scrollers, as well as from DHA's range of power supplies. All of the units feature a new belt-drive design, making them silent in operation - an important requirement for theatre productions.
The good news for all stage technicians and production staff everywhere is that the days of tatty old timber cyc stretchers are over. No longer will you have to shred your knuckles on rusty wing nuts or get splinters from beaten up bits of old timber. Hall Stage has developed the HoldOn clip - an alternative to eyelets -which grip any thin flexible material. Two versions are available - Mini and Maxi - with the latter capable of handling 100kg.
PCM launched its new Unibar system at the show. This a winch designed in collaboration with Slingco, which allows for the quick and easy raising or lowering of lighting or suspension bars for scenery, with a motor driven unit. It can be installed onto any style of fixing or structure, including universal beams, trussing, channels and barrels.
It will prove a cost-effective alternative to the more sophisticated power-assisted winch sets. It is initially available in 250 or 500kg models with single or two speed options. The entire Unibar unit is self-contained, with the motor unit positioned on the end of the track. Single- or three-phase power options are offered, and it has simple, logical'plug-and-play' operation. Dual brakes are also available as an option. The system supports any number of suspension cables and any length of suspension bar with the ultimate top and bottom limits contained within the unit's controls. Individual units can be positioned side by side, and the suspension bars are at 200mm centres - a vital requirement for all theatres.
The new Star Liftket will be available from Unusual in early August. The first model in this range is the 500kg hoist with a 1250kg version available at the end of the year. Both hoists can be double reeved, which will increase the capacity - a process which can be carried out in less than five minutes. The 500kg Star Liftket runs at 8m/min and, at 1000kg capacity, will run at 4m/min. It features external limit switches with an option of up to four internal adjustable limits. The brakes are 'set for life' - and thus require no adjustment.
Zero88 reports that its regional roadshows (launched in March this year to give teachers and students access to the latest control technology, as well as free training on the company's most popular educational products) have been positively received. If you're interested in attending, the next event will be held on the 29th July at Mill Hill School, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London. Keeping with the educational theme, earlier this year the company established a Financial Award Scheme aimed at schools, colleges and amateur dramatic clubs in the UK. Twice a year these organizations can claim 50% of the cost of any new equipment they purchase from Zero88.
Not strictly a new product development, but since it happened at ABTT we've included it in this report. The winners of a competition held jointly by the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and ETC each collected a copy of the student version of WYSIWYG Report. The competition (in the ALD's Focus magazine) asked 'What channel counts is Emphasis available in'' Andy Purves from Derby University and Tom Dexter Scott from the Ardent School in Manchester came up with the correct answer and were presented with their prize on the ALD stand.
ETC is supplying a free Headlock with every Source Four sold in the UK until the end of August. Designed by Nigel Hollowell Howard of HH Solutions, the Headlock slips over the yoke of the Source Four preventing the securing bolt rotating independently from the lantern. It's a partial Health and Safety measure in that the operator/focuser requires only one wrench or spanner, as opposed to two to tighten the hook clamp.
The Headlock can save as many as 30 seconds for each lantern you lock off by requiring only one spanner for all - or one hour for 120 lanterns. By reducing the number of tools required it becomes easier to work with them on lanyards and makes focusing safer for anyone below. The Headlock won the ABTT Product of the Year Award in 2001 and has sold more than 4,500 to date.
Harlequin showed its new range of Liberty floor panels, with the stand featuring 'touring' panel versions of the Liberty sprung dance floors.
As readers of L&SI may recall, Harlequin's Liberty floors have recently been installed at Laban, London's new purpose-built (and Europe's largest) contemporary dance facility.
There was also a new version of Harlequin's Activity Floor, now available with a choice of oak, beech and maple finishes.
If the latest show is anything to go by, the future of the ABTT show is secure. In a year when exhibitions as a breed are facing numerous challenges, the ABTT Show confirmed its position as the UK theatre industry's annual showcase and its main networking opportunity.
The show has grown from a small niche event at The Donmar Warehouse, to one which now fills London's Royal Horticultural Halls to capacity and is attended by over 2,300 visitors from around Europe. Appropriately enough for its 25th anniversary, this year's event was a sell-out show, with a record number of exhibitors - over 100 - showcasing both products and services for the theatre and live performance industries.
Numerous new product launches took place across the show floor, including the relaunch of ADB's impressive Axis luminaire, first seen at PLASA last year, but rebranded for ABTT to avoid confusion with another manufacturer's registered product name, Trantec's new S6000 radio microphone system (on the Orbital stand), and Stagemate by Bader Maschinenbau (on the Triple E stand). All three products collected ABTT Product of the Year Awards in their respective categories of lighting, sound and stage engineering/rigging, whilst Hall Stage picked up the Widget award for its range of HoldOn clips.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to scenic designer Peter Kemp, whilst Fraser Hall was awarded Technician of the Year and long-time ABTT stalwart Roger Fox was given an ABTT Fellowship.
There were 11 new products from High End and Flying Pig: whilst many were developments of existing products, two - both prototypes - were very definitely on show for the first time. The ColorCommand colour mixing Par is a versatile, but simple, compact incandescent washlight which will give the end user considerable freedom in colour mixing and beam size. Anywhere you'd currently use a Par can, Fresnel or PC, you can use ColorCommand. It uses an innovative (and patented) dichroic colour mixing system that colours the whole beam simultaneously, ensuring a smooth, even field. The end result is a huge range of colours - from subtle pastels to deep saturates and everything inbetween. The colour media used is dichroic borosilicate glass, so it won't fade or change colour, nor will there be gel scrolls to worry about.
The second new product, ColorMerge, is an attachment that adds full dichroic colour mixing to the ETC Source Four. Since the Source Four is pretty much the industry standard, you can see where High End's thinking is going. It attaches between the lamp house and the lens and doesn't interfere with the gate area so you can still use patterns, irises and gobo.
It uses the same borosilicate glass found in ColorCommand so delivers the same benefits of colour consistency. Expect to see production versions of both at PLASA.
Stagetec showed the first production model of Compulite's Vector lighting console, previewed at PLASA last year. This features an integrated CAD package and enhanced paperwork capabilities and is designed to take the operator from concept to closing night in one user-friendly workstation. Also on show, was LSC's Minim desk, a budget-priced 12- or 24-channel memory desk, and the LSC Maxim series of fader-based consoles.
Large format projection specialists E/T/C UK Ltd showed the Pigi 'S' 500 projector, along with a range of accessories for the theatre market. This new projector uses a 2.5k HMI lamp and includes CMY colour mixing, an internal dimming shutter and DMX control of all its functions. Accessories now include single and double film scrolling, as well as the traditional AMD-32 Slidechanger, a manual slidechanger, and dimming control is also available for less complex applications. A wide range of Barco objective lenses is also available, offering improved optical performance.
Litestructures showed its Chromadeck LED-based colour changing dancefloor system: first seen as a prototype at PLASA last year, but now revised and in full production, the 600mm x 600mm x 195mm Chromadeck panel is a hybrid of Litestructures' Litedeck and Pulsar's Chromapanel. As many as 12 Chromadeck units can be powered by one ChromaZone controller, which, in turn, will interface with any DMX lighting control desk.
Litestructures' Adrian Brooks is confident it will be a best seller: "I'm certain that we'll initially see an explosion of Chromadecks in nightclubs because of its versatility and value for money. It's a simple way to add a new dimension to your flooring needs, whether you're looking for a permanent installation, or want to rent it for a set number of weeks. So many people think that to create effective lighting designs you have to hang fixtures from ceilings and walls. Chromadeck will encourage them to think again!"
Further fuelling the control integration between different visual medias, James Thomas Engineering launched Pixeldrive, a highly innovative new video software-based control system for its Pixel fixtures.
Pixeldrive is the result of a collaboration between JTE's own R&D department and IRAD, the developers of the RADlite digital media server. The end-product is a control system which allows the synchronization of digital media to JTE's high brightness Pixelline 1044 battens and other pixelrange products. When running, this will enable visual sequences to be run across both lighting and video media. One of the main bonuses is in the time this will save - Pixeldrive can reduce the pre-production process from hundreds of hours of complex programming to just minutes. For example, to programme a water ripple effect across a bank of Pixellines would take about 30 seconds of programming.
The method imports digital media - the same that is being projected by the RADlite system - into the Pixelline and other Pixelrange fixtures, which then act like another projection surface. The patterns created by these digital images can be manipulated via the lighting desk and complex lighting sequences can be controlled with virtual imagery, which is then sent to any multiple of Pixelrange products, using Ethernet to distribute across as many DMX universes as required, thereby reducing the DMX allocation on desks.