UK - UK wireless LED lighting manufacturer CORE Lighting is exhibiting at the 2014 LDI expo in Las Vegas for the second consecutive year ... reflecting increased business and a strong interest across its product range in the US and central America.

Two new products are presented in the US for the first time - the PinPoint and the ColourPoint Mk2.

CORE's Phil Ion comments, "Following a great reception for the new products at PLASA, we are hoping for further positive feedback at LDI. We will also be making some important announcements after the show as we focus attention on developing our markets in Canada and the Americas."

As for the new products, the PinPoint - launched at PLASA in London - is a new highly dynamic product - fully designed and made in the UK as with all CORE's technology. Already in production, the tiny IP65 rated wireless pin-spot / birdie weighs

UK - UK-based event safety consultancy Stagesafe reports the Health and Safety Executive's announcement that CDM Regulations will be enforced on the events and entertainment industry from April 2015.

The news was confirmed at last week's meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee on Entertainment (JACE) at the HSE in Westminster. The following report was produced by Michael Anderson and Lee Holloway, members of SAGE (Safety Advisors Group in Entertainment):

"This was an unexpected turn of events as it had appeared earlier this year that a "BEA" (Business Engagement Assessment) industry impact assessment process engaging with the event industry trade associations may have led to a decision not to enforce. But HSE stated that they had since received legal advice that not enforcing would breach European law and expose the government to international prosecution.


USA - After being launched to great acclaim at the recent PLASA London international tradeshow, Chroma-Q will be showcasing PLASA Members Choice Awards Finalist, the new Color One 100 LED Par, at LDI 2014 in Las Vegas.

The Color One 100 features an innovative fully homogenised beam, virtually eliminating the colour separation and shadows synonymous with LED lighting - delivering above Par performance from one source.

The unit's optical design provides a smooth, uniform and defined 20° beam. This makes it suitable for use as a front and backlight with clean shadows, and an uplighter with a smooth, even beam.

An extensive RGBA colour-mixing palette delivers outstanding colour blend across the spectrum - including deep-cold blues, red-hot lava looks and super-soft pastels, as well as a complete range of whites. In addition, the high CRI of 93 ensures extremely accurate colo

USA - Robe Lighting Inc. will once again exhibit at LDI on 21-23 November at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. With an elegant booth design and exciting new products including the recently-launched BMFL Spot, the LDI exhibition is the grand finale of Robe's 20th anniversary celebrations.

The Czech Republic-based manufacturer is also sponsoring the recharge lounge. Recharge stations and seating will be available for all LDI guests. The area will highlight the BMFL Spot, a new mega-bright long-throw signature fixture that needs a large environment in order to be shown most effectively.

Numerous products will be introduced by Robe at LDI, including the miniPointe together with all the current product range luminaires on this spectacular booth, which will also feature one of Robe's dazzling lightshows.

Anolis, the architectural division of Robe, will be integrated into the lounge

UK - The latest in the successful series of PLASA Focus events will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow on 2-3 December 2014.

Aimed at bringing together audio and lighting experts working in the live events sector at a regional level, the show is a chance to meet representatives from industry leading companies to seek out the latest products and services - as well as a premier networking opportunity.

Event Director, James Ashwood, comments: "There's a strong selection of lighting and audio companies at the Glasgow show including Robe, Avolites, Ambersphere, White Light, Black Light, Chauvet and Sennheiser, along with key dealers such as TMB, LMC, Warehouse Sound, Apex acoustics, HDPro, FBT and Polar Audio and rigging, trussing and special effects companies. Add to that the free to attend two-day seminar program and the rigging conference -

USA - Le Maitre is set to make several announcements at LDI this week, with new products right across the board from haze to flames to pyro.

LDI will see the unveiling of a brand new hazer - the EcoHazer, making a world first preview on Le Maitre's booth.

Le Maitre hazers are already known for their incredible output and low power consumption, not to mention the haze fluid which converts to produce the purest, most efficient and long lasting haze on the market. The new EcoHazer takes the environmental aspect even further and Le Maitre believes that it is the most energy efficient water-based hazer on the market today!

The EcoHazer consumes a low 100-150W, a rate that other haze units on the market with a similar output simply can't match, with many requiring up to 1500W - that's ten times the electrical energy! The EcoHazer uses a completely new heating system borne out of L

USA - At LDI in Las Vegas, Martin Professional introduced the MAC Aura XB wash light, M-Touch lighting console, and RUSH Gobo Projector 1.

"It's an exciting time for us with so many products launched recently and so many new to be launched today at LDI in Las Vegas," said Peter Skytte, head of product management, Martin Professional. "We're bringing a variety of new products to the market across our entire product range, including controllers, atmospheric effects, LED video, lighting and Rush by Martin."

Incorporating many new features first introduced in Martin's MAC Quantum Wash, the MAC Aura XB combines a compact design and low weight with a new colour mixing system and an optimized lens design for tighter beams and more even washes The Aura XB uses a super bright, single lens wash with fully premixed colour to provide beautiful and robust colour washes.

North America - The recent partnership with industry expert Paul Rabinovitz has resulted in another strong alliance for Parasol Systems, this one with long time industry leader High End Systems.

At LDI, High End Systems showcased its latest developments with an eye-catching 40ft by 40ft booth. The STAR600 system was hung dead centre of their set-up and loaded with six Shapeshifter C2 and four SolaSpot Pro 1500 luminaries.

Shapeshifters C2's and SolaSpot Pro 1500 are the newest additions to the innovative range of luminaires designed by Richard Belliveau. Each offers "awesome power, incredible speed, and total flexibility". Each Shapeshifter has seven independently controlled modules housed in one moving fixture which basically means that these luminaires will provide a jaw-dropping visual impact to audiences everywhere. The SolaSpot Pro 1500 offers an overwhelming cr

USA - Royal Philips Electronics chose LDI in Las Vegas to launch the new compact lamp systems MSD Platinum 14 R and 17 RA. With today's growing trend of integrating LED walls in stage lighting design, a new generation of lamps with more powerful beams is required to cut through the sea of homogenous light they provide - and add additional accents to the show, says the company. This is exactly what the new Platinum lamp systems from Philips are designed to do. The new lamp system MSD Platinum 14 R provides extreme brightness of 12,000 lumens at 280W with a colour rendering of 80. The lamp is successfully designed-in in the X3-Coupe from Jolly.

Also, the new compact and lightweight MSD Platinum 17 RA lamps offer exceptional brightness with a light output of more than 20,000 lumens at 350W, plus cool white light (7000 K) and a high colour rendering of 85. This makes them suitable f

The Netherlands - InfoComm International, co-owner of the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE 2015) tradeshow, has announced its most comprehensive InfoComm University training to date at ISE 2015. ISE 2015 takes place from 10-12 February 2015, at the Amsterdam RAI.

As in previous years, InfoComm is contributing to the drive for increase knowledge by providing members and guest members with unlimited free access to its on-site InfoComm University education programme. Members and guests who pre-register for ISE 2015 using an invitation code will receive complimentary access to seminars of their choice on a first come, first serve basis. Two courses not eligible under the free voucher programme are CTS Study Session and the new Master Class.

Non-InfoComm members must purchase vouchers during ISE registration and then register for specific classes.

"Our comprehensive training a

UK - With its relocation to Coombe Abbey Hotel in Warwickshire for next year's Exhibition and Networking Dinner, the ISCE (Institute of Sound and Communications Engineers) has announced a formidable programme of seminars to coincide.

The event, which takes place over two days (3-4 March) with a Networking Dinner as its curtain raiser on day 1 and the exhibition on day 2, continues to expand. "This is one of the reasons we have upgraded the location this year to this luxurious four-star country house hotel," says secretariat manager, Ros Wigmore.

The seminar programme will open at 10am on 4 March, when Kevin Sherwood, sales director of CIE-Group, will posit Is the Market Really Ready for Audio-over-IP?.

It will ask whether the installation industry is ready to adopt a whole new way of thinking for public address and whether clients are generally ready to let

UK - Entertainment lighting specialist White Light will exhibit at the inaugural PLASA Focus Glasgow event on 2-3 December. The event, held at Glasgow's SECC is the first PLASA Focus event to take place in Scotland.

On Stand A12, White Light will showcase the latest in LED, lighting control, and effects solutions for the entertainment and presentation markets. The company provides hire, sales, installation, and technical service to a variety of clients across the UK.

White Light sales director Peter Threadgold explains the value of the event, "The format of PLASA Focus events is very beneficial - visitors get to see new equipment and get their questions answered straight away. For us, it's a good environment to hear directly from customers and professionals in the region, so we can better deliver what they need."

White Light will bring a range of products to PLASA

UK The first week of December sees Sennheiser UK head to Scotland for the inagural PLASA Focus Glasgow, which is being held at the SECC, Glasgow. Stand C04 will see the company showing products from its distributed brands including the K-array Kamoflague wall, DAS Artec series loudpeakers, Apart Audiocontrol12.8 and its own LSP 500 wireless loudspeaker.

K-array Kamoflage was developed by Sennheiser UK in response to the need for an 'invisible' loudspeaker system. This solution enables K-array loudspeakers to blend into any background or mounting surface, making them an attractive proposition for audio system designers tasked with installing loudspeakers into sensitive locations.

Available in both powered and passive configurations, the Artec series from DAS spans ten models, five of which are self-powered: the Artec 506A, 526A, 508A, 510A, and S15A subwoofer.

Featuring Class

UK - A.C. Entertainment Technologies (AC-ET) will be showcasing the latest product highlights from their extensive brand portfolio at the inaugural PLASA Focus Glasgow tradeshow - stand D19, the SECC, 2-3 December.

Recently launched to great acclaim at the PLASA London international tradeshow, and selected as a Finalist in the PLASA Members Choice Awards, the new Chroma-Q Color One 100 LED Par will be showcased. Featuring an innovative fully homogenised beam which virtually eliminates the colour separation and shadows synonymous with LED lighting, the Color One 100 delivers above Par performance from ONE source.

Other Chroma-Q highlights include the award-winning Chroma-Q Inspire and Inspire Mini LED house lights range - powerful multi-purpose creative lighting tools that can transform the look and feel of performance spaces and commercial, retail or leisure environments.


USA - LDI 2014, Las Vegas saw double-fold excitement around Robert Juliat this year as two booths promoted the latest products from the French manufacturer of followspots, profiles and Fresnels.

Robert Juliat USA's booth displayed popular, well-established brands including its LED profile ranges and a number of its powerful followspots. Simultaneously, newly-appointed US distributor, ACT Lighting, marked its first showing of Robert Juliat products by introducing Robert Juliat's latest followspots, the new Merlin and Roxie.

LDI 2014 witnessed the first viewing on US soil of Robert Juliat's new touring followspot, Merlin. Merlin is the culmination of an ambitious project to produce a powerful, rugged followspot for the touring market.

"America is the home of the megatour, with stadium rock, mega churches and large sporting events an essential part of its culture," sa

USA - PLASA Events has announced that it will be making its first trip to the mid-west for PLASA Focus: Kansas City 2015. This will be the second PLASA Focus event to occur in 2015, and will take place on Wednesday, 20 May and Thursday, 21 May, 2015 at the Kansas City Convention Centre.

Companies already signed up to exhibit at the show include: Altman Lighting, Group One, Avolites & Elektralite, Elation Professional, ETC, GLP, Harrington Hoist, Heartland Scenic Studios, IATSE, PixelFLEX, RC4 Wireless, Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas, Technologies for Worship, TMB and Ultratec. Companies interested in exhibiting are advised to move quickly to secure their spots, as applications are coming in quickly.

Running alongside the show is the highly acclaimed PLASA Professional Development Programme, which offers two days of free educational seminars and workshops. The program featur

USA/Canada - Parasol Systems has announced the sale of the demonstration STAR600 unit that was showcased in the High End Systems booth at LDI. For those who attended LDI, the STAR600 system was hanging dead centre of the High End Systems booth and featured six Shapeshifter C2s and three of their brand new SolaSpot Pro 1500 luminaries.

The High End booth was located in a great location right by the main entrance and was enhanced with the dynamic features of the Parasol STAR600, attracting many spectators.

"We were very fortunate to partner up with High End Systems at LDI," says Paul Rabinovitz, business development manager for Parasol Systems. He adds, "It was great for us to show potential clients what the STAR600 looked like in action, and it added a great vibrant element to the High End Systems booth as well."

In addition to the sale of the STAR600, Par

UK - Leading pro-audio provider The Warehouse Sound Services has reported a boost in sales following this year's inaugural PLASA Focus in at the SECC. The company showcased a range of products from d&b audiotechnik, Shure, Yamaha and EM Acoustics. The event provided the Scotland headquartered organisation an opportunity to exhibit on home turf with the experience surpassing all the company's expectations.

PLASA Focus Glasgow delivered two days of constant activity, high quality visitors and high interest in The Warehouse's new products.

Janet Murray, sales manager of The Warehouse commented, "Exhibiting at PLASA Focus has been productive for The Warehouse. This has been a great event for the company based on the responses to product presentations and the volume of new and existing customers who came specifically to see our product range. Importantly we were able to greet

South Africa - The eighth biennial advanced media and entertainment technology tradeshow, Mediatech Africa, will take place from 15-17 July 2015 at the Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.

Mediatech is Africa's leading trade show for the live entertainment technology, AV systems integration, broadcast, film, production, post-production, animation and new media, studio and recording and pro DJ equipment sectors, and offers an open platform to showcase new products and technologies.

Stand sales opened at the beginning of October 2014 and the orgainsers report that response from the industry has thus far been "phenomenal", with a host of big name exhibitors have already confirmed. Bose, Sony Professional Solutions, Sound and Light City, Concilium Technologies, Alpha Technologies, Viva Afrika, Peripheral Vision, DWR Distribution, Inala Technologies, Electrosonic SA, Timbre B

USA - The Audio Engineering Society is set to bring the AES139 International Convention to the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, NY, from 29 October to 1 November 2015.

Following highly-successful conventions in Los Angeles (2014) and New York (2013), which saw increased attendance as well as the development of expanded attendee and exhibitor offerings including the Project Studio Expo, Live Sound Expo and High Resolution Audio sessions, the 139th AES Convention will bring together the world's largest gathering of audio professionals for four days of audio technology, information, and networking, says the Society.

From recording and production, to broadcast and streaming, game audio, live sound, post-production, sound for picture, product design and more, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from top audio industry figures while immersed in the latest research an

UK - The Association of British Theatre Technicians took the opportunity of its annual Christmas Party on 12 December, at the New London Theatre, to bestow its top honour, the ABTT Fellowship, on three outstanding industry individuals. Generously supported by Gold ABTT Industry Supporters' Group member ETC, the event was the perfect occasion for the ABTT's Council of Management to recognise those who have rendered signal service to the technical aspects of the art of the theatre.

On the day, Tony Bond was the first new Fellow to be introduced. Maggie Saxon commended Tony, whose career has spanned over six decades, for his foresight and vision in setting-up recognised technical theatre training in the UK through the Theatre Technical Training Standards Company, which later evolved into Skillscene.

It was also noted that Bond was instrumental in the development of the National O

The Netherlands - Green Hippo will be holding a free conference during ISE in Amsterdam in February 2015.

With the recent launch of Hippotizer V4 media servers and AViary Video Tools, this is an opportunity to find out more, have live demonstrations and hands-on play with the latest Green Hippo technology.

To register you interest in attending the conference please sign up on either of the website links below:


AViary Video Tools:

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The Netherlands - UK-based reference monitor manufacturer PMC will be launching a new addition to its twotwo range of active nearfields at NAMM 2015, as well as giving West Coast audio professionals another chance to see the QB1-A large-scale studio monitor, launched in Los Angeles in Autumn 2014.

The new twotwo sub2 is a subwoofer designed to complement the twotwo range, providing greater headroom and dynamics than its smaller sibling, the twotwo sub1. The new sub2 is a low-distortion, active subwoofer featuring PMC's ATL bass-loading technology, Class-D amplification and DSP-based filtering and bass management, which extends bass output significantly with negligible harmonic distortion. The sub2 also features a highly rigid, braced cabinet, ensuring that unwanted colouration is reduced to inaudible levels.

The built-in amplifier delivers an impressive 400W of power to the LF

USA - At NAMM this month, D.A.S. is set to launch the new Vantec series of portable systems. The Vantec series is comprised of four models available in both powered and passive configurations. The completely new series incorporates 12", 15" powered two-way systems, a double 15" powered three-way system employing a "dual-band" configuration and a single 18" powered subwoofer system.

The Vantec series is equipped with the new 'F' series loudspeakers, developed by D.A.S. to provide exceptional performance and reliability. The new M-28 compression driver features a FEM (Finite Element Modeling) optimized motor, phase-plug and diaphragm. Attached to the D.A.S. designed CD-horn, the assembly provides brilliant high frequency reproduction and optimum control of dispersion with 90º x 50º coverage angles.

The Vantec 12A is a 12" biamplified system p

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